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2001-04-16

Phil Hartman
B. 9.24.48, Brantford, Ontario/D. 5.28.98, Encino, California
Gun Violence/Spouse

Is there anyone in popular entertainment more sadly missed than Phil Hartman?: Oh absolutely not. More sadly, sorely missed, really there is not. “This is Troy McClure!”
The comedy of confidence: North American confidence, peculiarly fatuous, cunning, resilient. The funniness of the firm grip.
His masterful Clinton—the soul of the man captured: The type of soul that builds its mansions on a grasp of the “people see what they want to see” principle. Phil Hartman was like a window onto the clockwork which drives a particular breed of born Barnum—watching him, it was possible to learn how pride can spasm into senseless risk-taking—
And squirmy evasion: Always hilarious. An actor like the great coal mine exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. An irreplaceable North American treasure.

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