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Phil Hartman
General information
Born: Phillip Edward Hartman
September 24, 1948
Brantford, Ontario
Died: May 28, 1998 (aged 49)
Encino, California
Cause of death: Homicide
Alternate names:
Occupation(s): Actor, voice artist, comedian, screenwriter, graphic artist
Years active: 1975 - 1998
Spouse: Gretchen Lewis (divorced)
Lisa Strain (divorced)
Brynn Omdahl (1987 - 1998)
Children: Sean and Birgen Hartman

Phillip Edward "Phil" Hartman (September 24, 1948 - May 27, 1998) was a Canadian actor, voice artist, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist, best known for his roles in Saturday Night Live. Phil Hartman was also known for his recurring roles in The Simpsons as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz.


After eating at a restaurant on May 27, 1998, Hartman's wife Brynn Omdahl started a "heated" argument with her husband, who threatened to file divorce if she started using drugs again. Hartman then went to bed. While Hartman slept, Brynn, under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, entered his bedroom sometime around 3am (Pacific Time) on May 28 with a .38 caliber handgun and fatally shot him twice in the head and once in his side.[1] Brynn drove to the home of her friend Ron Douglas and confessed to the killing, but initially he did not believe her. The pair drove back to the house in separate cars, and Brynn called another friend and confessed a second time.[2] Upon seeing Hartman's body, Douglas called 911 around 6:20am. Brynn Omdahl had committed suicide around that time by shooting herself in the mouth. Police subsequently arrived and escorted Douglas and the Hartmans' two children from the premises.[3] The two children were raised by their aunt Katherine Omdahl.

In accordance with Hartman's will, his body was cremated by Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Glendale, California, and his ashes were scattered over Santa Catalina Island's Emerald Bay.[4]

Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz were retired after Hartman's death and now only make cameo appearances in The Simpsons in Hartman's honor.

Looney Role(s)


  1. "Coroner: Hartman's wife on drugs, drunk", CNN, June 8, 1998. Retrieved on October 25, 2008. 
  2. "Police say Hartman's wife told friends about shooting", CNN, June 2, 1998. Retrieved on June 22, 2007. 
  3. "Phil Hartman, wife die in apparent murder–suicide", CNN, May 28, 1998. Retrieved on May 25, 2007. 
  4. "Family members hold private memorial for Hartmans", CNN, June 5, 1998. Retrieved on November 1, 2008. 
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