Philip Edward Hartman (né Hartmann; September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, voice actor, screenwriter, and graphic designer who gained fame in the late 1980s as a long-time performer of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).Hartman was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His family moved to the United States when he was ten years old. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in graphic arts, Hartman designed album covers for bands including Poco and America. In 1975, Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings, where he helped Paul Reubens develop his character, Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances as Captain Carl on Reubens's show Pee-wee's Playhouse.In 1986, Hartman joined SNL, where he won fame for his impressions and stayed for eight seasons until 1994. Nicknamed "Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other cast members, Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989. In 1995, he later starred as Bill McNeal in the sitcom NewsRadio after declining his return to SNL. He also voiced various characters on The Simpsons, and had minor roles in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, and Small Soldiers.Hartman was divorced twice before he married Brynn Omdahl in 1987, with whom he had two children. Their marriage was troubled by Brynn's drug use, domestic violence, and Phil's frequent absence from home. In 1998, while Hartman was sleeping, his wife shot and killed him, and later committed suicide. In the weeks following his murder, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes. Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly opined that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper … a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with". He was posthumously inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Hartman married Gretchen Lewis in 1970, but divorced in September 1972.He married real estate agent Lisa Strain in 1982, and their marriage lasted three years. Strain told People that Hartman was reclusive off screen and "would disappear emotionally ... he'd be in his own world. That passivity made you crazy."Hartman married former model and aspiring actress Brynn Omdahl (born Vicki Jo Omdahl, April 11, 1958 – May 28, 1998) in November 1987, having met her on a blind date the previous year. They had two children, Sean and Birgen Hartman. The marriage had difficulties— she reportedly was intimidated by his success, and was frustrated that she could not find any on her own—although neither party wanted a divorce. She was reported to have been jealous and often verbally and or physically abusive, even sending a letter to his ex-wife, threatening to "rip [Strain's] eyes out" if she spoke to him again. Hartman considered retiring to save the marriage.Hartman tried to get Brynn acting roles, but she became progressively more reliant on narcotics and alcohol, entering rehab several times. On multiple occasions, he had to remove their children from the household to stay with friends or family because of her drug and alcohol-fueled outbursts. Because of his close friendship with SNL associate Jan Hooks, Brynn joked on occasion that Hooks and Hartman were married "on some other level". Brynn had written threatening letters addressed to Hooks, warning her to not get close to her husband, but they appeared to have never even been sent, discovered in her belongings following her death.Stephen Root, Hartman's NewsRadio co-star, said that few people knew "the real Phil Hartman" as he was "one of those people who never seemed to come out of character", but he nevertheless gave the impression of a family man who cared deeply for his children.Hartman stated in 1997 that, though a non-practicing Catholic, he displayed a sense of religiousness.In his spare time, he enjoyed driving, flying, sailing, marksmanship, and playing the guitar.
Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann (later dropping one "n") on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario. He was the fourth of eight children of Doris Marguerite (née Wardell; July 17, 1919 – April 15, 2001) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann (November 8, 1914 – April 30, 1998), a salesman specializing in building materials. His parents were Catholic and raised their children in that faith. As a child, Hartman found affection hard to earn and stated: "I suppose I didn't get what I wanted out of my family life, so I started seeking love and attention elsewhere."Hartman was ten years old when his family moved to the United States. The family first lived in Lewiston, Maine, then Meriden, Connecticut, and then the West Coast. There, he attended Westchester High School and frequently acted as the class clown. After graduating, he studied art at Santa Monica City College, dropping out in 1969 to become a roadie with a rock band. He returned to school in 1972, this time studying graphic arts at California State University, Northridge. He developed and operated his own graphic art business, creating more than 40 album covers for bands including Poco and America, as well as advertising and the logo for Crosby, Stills & Nash. In the late 1970s, Hartman made his first television appearance on an episode of The Dating Game, where he won, but the woman missed the date.
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