Philip Edward “Phil” Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998)

Phil Hartman is remembered by many as the voice of many, having spent decades entertaining audiences through his biting, accurate impersonations and his recognizable voice acting work in countless hit movies and series. Hartman had a long and varied career, starting out by designing album artwork in the seventies before becoming a performing comedian and writer, and eventually creating the character Pee Wee Herman (alongside Paul Reubens). For years Hartman was an integral part of Saturday Night Live where he wrote scripts, improvised scenes, and unleashed a torrent of impressions which saw him land a recurring spot on The Simpsons – you may remember him from characters such as Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure, and that guy in the background who said something funny that one time.

Hartman’s legacy lives on, as re-runs of the many shows he worked on continue to delight new fans, and as comedians and actors around the world look to his work for guidance, inspiration, and laughs.

RIP

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