Phil Hartman Remembered On 65th Birthday

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - September 24, 2013

Phil Hartman was a popular comedian and a regular on the television show Saturday Night Live. Hartman was murdered 15 years ago by his wife who shot him during an argument and then turned the gun on herself. The couple’s children who were nine and six at the time were also in the home during the murder/suicide but were not harmed. At the time of the murder, police could not determine a motive.

Friends and neighbors of the couple claimed that they always seemed happy and balanced and all were shocked at the news of the murder. Police said, “We know for sure (Brynn Hartman) inflicted her own gunshot wound, and she apparently shot herself as the officers were in the house,” said Lt. Anthony Alba of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Mr. Hartman had been dead for a while. He did not die at the same time that Mrs. Hartman apparently killed herself.”

Phil Hartman was born in Canada but grew up in the United States. He was a successful comedian who was a member of the Saturday Night Live cast for eight seasons. He was skilled at impersonations and could impersonate over 70 characters and voices. He would have turned 65 today.

Friends and family members of the comedian tweeted and shared videos clips of Hartman and some of his most memorable moments and performances.

When Hartman was murdered, he joined several other Saturday Night Live members who have been “cursed” with dying at an early age. Others include, John Belushi who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, Gilda Radner who died at age 42 of ovarian cancer and Chris Farley who also died of an overdose at the age of 33. Hartman himself was 49 when he was murdered.

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  • james

    phil your were the best

  • susalu

    “dyeing”? really??? UGH!

    • Darla

      I know, UGH. I can’t believe it. Dying is so serious too that it is offensive to mix up with dyeing your hair. Oh my.

  • Jay

    What a tragedy to lose Phil Hartman and in such a horrible way.

  • Will Ruddock

    Phil was asleep when his wife shot him. And while what she did is unforgivable, I wouldn’t call it murder. She was messed up on cocaine and alcohol. Or was it zoloft and alcohol? Anyway, I highly doubt she would have done it had she been sober but it is clear they had their problems.

    • http://WebProNews metalgirl

      Doesn’t matter hes dead bc of her. She was a nutcase, it a shame u stick up for a murderer..

  • Mbee

    We Miss you Phil…….

  • http://webpronews Lonnie

    Phil Hartman was an amazing talent and is sorely missed. I rarely cry when a celeb dies but with him and Farley I very much did. Every time I see that scene with him and Farley singing and Farley put his head in Phil’s chest, I still choke up. Murder is murder and he was murdered. Drugs or not, he was murdered in his sleep and I guess the only comfort I feel is that he never felt a thing. I can only hope. I wish his grown children well as they have had this terrible experience.

  • Matt Cuddy

    He was the only reason I watched SNL. His impression of Chuck Heston on “NRA Theatre” was so spot on, it was like Dana Carvey doing George Bush the first. I actually cried when the news came out that he had been murdered in his sleep by an insane wife. That’s why I never taught my wife to shoot btw. We also share the same birthday. Rest in peace Phil. You were the best.