Phil Hartman (24 September, 1948 – 28 May, 1998) was a Canadian Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice actor, comedian and graphic artist.
He first came to widespread attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s for his roles on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, afterwards going on to motion pictures, frequent roles on the long-running animated series The Simpsons, and a leading role as Bill McNeal on the sitcom NewsRadio.
On May 28, 1998, Hartman was murdered by his wife Brynn Hartman in his Encino, Los Angeles County, California home. He was 49 years old.
While he slept, Brynn entered his bedroom with a revolver and fatally shot him multiple times in and around the mouth. When police arrived, she shot herself in the head.