Phil Hartman

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Quotes (10)

  • Phil: I recently made a list of all the characters and voices I've done. It came to 99.

  • Phil: I should have been a general a long time ago instead of shining a seat with my ass in Washington D.C. But, thanks to a certain master sergeant, I had a career reversal 20 years ago.

  • Phil: The one thing I could do was voices and impersonations and weird characters, and there was really no call for that, except on Saturday Night Live.

  • Phil: One of the remarkable things about my career is that it has been marked by steady, incremental progress. No sudden spikes up, and no sudden downfalls, either.

  • Phil: I could do John Wayne, Jack Benny, Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and entertain my friends. But I never seriously considered it as a career choice.

  • Phil: After working in the corporate world of advertising and graphic design, I know how hard the average person works, because I've been there.

  • Phil: I'm 49-years-old and I'm cautious of the fact that very few people in comedy have careers after age 50. I think there's a notion in our society, and it maybe valid, that people aren't as funny when they get older. It's a stigma still attached to the rebelliousness of youth. I do believe that sooner or later I'll get those great roles like Gary Sinise's part in "Forrest Gump" or Tommy Lee Jones' as "Two Face" in "Batman Forever."

  • Phil: I benefit from the Mr. Potato Head syndrome. Put a wig and a nose and glasses on me, and I disappear.

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Trivia (25)

  • In 1989, Phil won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in his work on¬†Saturday Night Live.


  • While starring in Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio, Phil appeared in 2 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know campaign. His topics were parental involvement and a teacher tribute.

  • In 1975 he joined the California-based comedy group "The Groundlings."

  • Phil attended Redondo Union High School in Los Angeles.

  • He auditioned for the announcer position on "The Price Is Right" which went to Rod Roddy.

  • Phil helped to created the character of Pee Wee Herman and was asked to co-write "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," which he did.

  • Before every "Saturday Night Live" epsisode he was in, he would say the Lord's Prayer to calm himself.

  • The character of Phillip J. Fry in "Futurama" was named for him.

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