Phil Hartman was known as The Man of A Thousand Voices for his gifted impersonations and voiceover work. During his eight season tenure at Saturday Night Live, he was known as The Glue, for holding the show together week after week with his ability to transform into hundreds of different characters. But Phil Hartman was actually a true Renaissance man: an amazing career as a graphic artist in rock and roll, designing over 40 album covers and logos for groups such as Poco, America and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and winning a Grammy Award for his cover of Poco 7.
A gifted improviser, writer, teacher and performer in his first performing career at the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, working alongside peers such as Paul Reubens, where he helped Reubens formulate the Pee Wee Herman character, co-write the classic movie, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and go on to star as Capt. Carl in the Pee Wee Herman Show, as well as Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
Eight seasons on Saturday Night Live, where he won an Emmy for his writing, and was nominated for two others. Nine seasons on The Simpsons, where he portrayed the smarmy Troy McClure and the shyster Lionel Hutz. Four seasons on Newsradio, as the pompous, but ultimately loved Bill McNeal. Countless movie roles, an endless list of commercial and animated voice roles during a lifetime tragically cut short in 1998 at the age of 49.
Phil was born in Brantford Ontario, and was inducted onto the Brantford Walk of Fame in its inaugural year in 1997.