Hi I’m Phil Hartman, and you may remember me from such characters as Lionel Hutz, Attorney at Law and Frank Sinatra and the Sinatra Group. Possibly the best straight man in history: A tribute to Phil Hartman (1948-1998).

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J.P.'s I'm Outta Here Movie Thoughts

It has been a long time since we lost Phil Hartman, who I would argue was the best straight man in film history.  Yes, I know, everyone will come back saying that Budd Abbot of the Abbot and Costello duo was the best straight man in history.  I will tell you why I disagree.  Simple, an atypical straight man requires a duo like the chaps mentioned before; Phil Hartman made the audience his comic foil.  Hartman didn’t need a Costello; all he needed was an audience.  A talent I have not seen since his lunatic drug ridden wife shot and killed him and then herself (with two children in the house).  I doubt we will see the likes of him for a long time—if ever.

Hartman was from Canada and began his career in the entertainment industry in the 1970s following around comedy troupes and paying his way by doing…

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Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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