A native of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Hartman, began to make his mark in comedy in 1975 when we became a member of the famed Groundlings comedy ensemble in Los Angeles. The actor/comedian joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 1986 and stayed on for seven seasons. His vast repertoire of characterizations included such personalities as Bill Clinton, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson and Ted Kennedy.
Long established as a reliable character actor, Hartman has appeared in such motion pictures as "Greedy", "House Guest", "Sgt. Bilko", and "Jingle All the Way".
Hartman was also a regular on the NBC series "News Radio" with Dave Foley, where he played anchorman Bill McNeil.
Hartman, who was also known for his roles as B-Grade movie star Troy McClure, and shonky lawyer Lionel Hutz from "The Simpsons, was killed on Thursday, May 28th, 1998 by his wife of 11 years, Brynn. She subsequently took her own life.