Facts About Phil Hartman That You Might Not Have Known

Phil Hartman was a Canadian-American actor known for his Bill Clinton impressions on Saturday Night Live and his hysterical character voices on The Simpsons, most notably the voices of Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure. Hartman was a household name in the late ’80s and ’90s, and you’d be hard-pressed not to find a suburban family sitting in front of the television on Saturday night watching his comedic genius.

How well do you know Phil Hartman, aside from his fame from SNL and from his hit sitcom NewsRadio? Enjoy these facts about the man who is considered one of the best comedic improv actors of all time.

A Man Of Many Talents

A Man Of Many Talents
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Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Aside from being a comedic genius, Hartman dabbled in art and drawing. He harbored the skill in middle school, eventually studying art at Santa Monica City College before dropping out in 1969 to become a roadie for a rock band.

Hartman used his talents to design album covers for bands such as Poco’s “Legend” and America’s “America’s Greatest Hits: History.” He even designed a logo for Crosby Stills & Nash. Eventually, he returned to school in 1972, studying graphic arts at California State University, Northridge. He used his education to start his own graphic arts business, eventually creating over 40 album covers.