Photo of Phil Hartman Phil Hartman

A gifted Canadian character actor with a distinctive speaking voice and a flair for comedy writing, Phil Hartman was born in Brantford, Ontario, on Sept. 24, 1948. He launched his career in 1975 as a member of the Groundlings, where he met fellow actor Paul Reubens, and later appeared on Reubens's hit kids show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

Although Hartman's résumé is long and varied, he's best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live," both as an Emmy-winning writer and a cast member, playing everyone from the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer to former president Bill Clinton. He also lent his voice to "The Simpsons," appearing as ineffectual attorney Lionel Hutz and B-movie actor Troy McClure, and starred on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio."

Tragically, Hartman's career was cut short when his wife shot him in his sleep on May 28, 1998. He died just a few months shy of his 50th birthday.

Phil Hartman in Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

1989 G

In director Hayao Miyazaki's gentle, animated adventure, young witch Kiki (voiced by Kirsten Dunst) moves away from her family to practice her craft, but she finds that making friends in a new town is difficult. With her cat, Jiji (voiced by Phil Hartman), in tow, Kiki puts her broom-flying skills to work for a baker's wife by starting an express delivery service. She quickly discovers, however, that she can't take her abilities for granted.

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