Hartman The Pitchman

Another alumnus of Saturday Night Live has died, and his loss will be felt in both the entertainment and advertising worlds.
TV funnyman and frequent pitchman Phil Hartman, 49, was found dead in an apparent murder/suicide along with his wife early last Thursday at his home in Encino, Calif. Hartman’s death follows Chris Farley’s untimely passing last December.
Hartman (shown here) most recently a main player on the NBC sitcom Newsradio, was well-known for his commercial and voiceover roles. The actor portrayed the smooth-talking ‘Max Jerome, private eye’ for MCI’s 1-800-Collect TV spots by Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG, New York. Other commercial work by Hartman, who was a graphic designer before beginning his comedy career in the 1970’s, included spots for Cheet-os, Glendale Federal Bank and McDonald’s.
Funeral arrangements had not been arranged at press time. –Teresa Buyikian