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.
Phil attended Orville Wright Junior High School and was voted Happy-Go-Lucky Boy by his class.
His comedic idol was Jonathan Winters.
During the taping of the 1998 "NewsRadio" episode where they find out that "Bill McNeal" has died, the cast and crew had to stop film a number of times because they continually broke out in tears.
He died in the same month as Frank Sinatra, whom he had impersonated many times on "Saturday Night Live."
Phil also designed and drew the cover to the Firesign Theatre's 1980 album "The Fighting Clowns."
Phil was born in Canada, but became a U.S. citizen in the early 1990s.
He designed the logo for the band Crosby, Stills, & Nash.
He majored in graphic design at Cal State.
Phil joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986 and was on the show for 8 seasons.
Phil Hartman did credited voices in 54 episodes of the Simpsons.
According to several commentaries on the DVDs of The Simpsons, Phil Hartman wanted to make a live action movie about the character Troy McClure.
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Phil was a very caring and sensitive person and was described as "very sweet and kind of quiet."
He was shot three times: in the forearm, neck, and head.
Phil had an interesting career in movies, mostly playing supporting characters.
Was one of seven actors to portray the late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan on "Saturday Night Live."
His various Simpson voices include: Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz and others (Season 2 to Season 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.
Phil: (On Paul Reubens' 1991 arrest for indecent exposure) The loss he took for what allegedly happened is the equivalent of somebody's getting 20 years for having a joint in their wallet.
Phil: I started doing Clinton and then I was on the cover of TV Guide. I became a household name. I didn't have to look for work any more. Work came to me.