Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman
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Phil Hartman
TV: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Comedian
Born Phillip Edward Hartman on Sept. 24, 1948 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died May 28, 1998 of homicide in Encino, Calif.

Actor and writer Phil Hartman became famous in the 1980s when he joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” He was known as “The Glue” on the cast because of his extreme versatility in performing characters, and that utility-player status helped him into the '90s, when he gained further fame through a multitude of character roles and voices on “The Simpsons.”

Hartman was born in Canada, but his family moved to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. He eventually ended up in Los Angeles, where he briefly attended Santa Monica City College and Cal State Northridge before opening his own graphic design business. He designed logos and album covers for bands such as Poco, America and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He joined the L.A.-based comedy group the Groundlings in 1975, where he became friends with future “SNL” cast member Jon Lovitz and Paul Reubens

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