Phil Hartman on SNL (2-6-1993) a moment before his death

Phil Hartman (1948 - 1998)

Film Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987) [Air Conditioner/The Hanging Lamp]: Voicing two roles in the film, the "Air Conditioner" explodes after screaming in fury over the The Master (voiced by Wayne Kaatz) abandoning him; he's later repaired (and brought back to life) by The Master. (The "Hanging Lamp" survives the film.)

TV Deaths[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Since Hartman plays multiple characters on Saturday Night Live, only the specific roles that die are listed. Most are obviously played for comic effect.

  • Saturday Night Live (Sept. 30, 1989) [Terrorist Leader]: In the "Airplane Terrorists" sketch, he possibly falls to his death, alongside Bruce Willis and Jan Hooks, after Phil blows up the plane they were all aboard on after Bruce keeps making jokes, much to his dismay. The scene ends with Bruce making a joke and all three of them laughing as they're about to fall to their death so the actual impact isn't seen but their death is still confirmed.
  • Saturday Night Live (Oct. 20, 1990) [Giant Statue of Abraham Lincoln]: In the "Attack of the Collosal Lincoln" sketch, he gets impaled on the Empire State Building at the end of the fight with the Giant Statue of Thomas Jefferson (Tom Davis).
  • Saturday Night Live (Sept. 28, 1991) [Abe Saperstein]: Dies (off-scenes) of unspecified circumstances. His death is revealed when the narrator talks about the fate of the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • Saturday Night Live (Oct. 5, 1991) [Mr. Clark]: In the "Apex Novelty Company" sketch, he gets blown up by an explosive cigar that Jeff Daniels give to him as a joke, leaving a skeleton, which continues talking to Jeff.
  • Saturday Night Live (Nov. 16, 1991) [The Terminator]: In "The Tooncinator" sketch, he dies in a car crash, alongside Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong, after the Tooncinator drives their car off the cliff.
  • Saturday Night Live (Dec. 7, 1991) [Bill]: In the "Turrell Daily Star" sketch, he commits suicide (off-screen) by shooting himself after the events of Pearl Harbor didn't make the front page in the paper. His death is explained in the headline in the end.
  • Saturday Night Live (Mar. 21, 1992)  [Events Coordinator #1]: Decapitated off-screen (along with Mike Myers and Kevin Nealon] by the emperor in the "Collesium Events" sketch after they fail to come up with ideas for the Collesium events. All three of their heads are shown on stakes.
  • The Simpsons: Marge vs. the Monorail (1993) [Lyle Lanley]: Possibly beaten to death by the citizens of North Haverbrook when his plane lands in that city as revenge for his scam. His screams of pain are heard off-screen as the plane is seen rocking back and fourth. His death hasn't been confirmed, but it's listed here just in case.
  • Saturday Night Live (Feb. 6, 1993) [The Mayor]: In the "Magic Fish Town Meeting" sketch, his head explodes after Dana Carvey makes a wish for it to.
  • The Simpsons; Treehouse of Horror VII (1996; animated) [Bill Clinton/various characters]: "Bill Clinton" is ejected into the vacuum of space, along with Bob Dole (voiced by Harry Shearer) when Homer (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) accidentally pushes the wrong button on the spaceship's computer, moments after they both agree to stand together against the alien threat. (Played for comic effect.) (Nudity alert: Rear)
  • NewsRadio: Bill Moves On (1998)  [Bill McNeal]: Dies (off-screen) of a heart attack, his death is only mentioned in dialog. (This episode was made due to Phil's real life death.)

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