Phil Hartmann was born into German Catholic decent, to parents Rupert and Doris Hartmann. Phil later changed his last name to "Hartman", dropping the last "n" for unkown reasons. He grew up with eight other siblings, and was said to be sweet, kind, and caring. While young, his parents moved them to the U.S., where they stayed in places such as Conneticut and California for the majority of the time.
In 1975, Phil joined a California Comedy group called "The Groundlings". While in the group, Phil met Paul Ruebens
and John Lovitz
. Pual and Phil became good friends, and began working and writing on material with one another. One such project was "Pee-wee Herman", and the script of "Pee-wee Herman's Big Adventure". While Phil was doing this, he was also working part time as a graphic artist, designing album covers for popular bands.
In 1986, Phil joined the cast of "Saterday Night Live", staying for a record of eight full seasons. While a cast member Phil preformed various impersonations, some of which included Ronald Reagon
, Frank Sinatra
, Phil Donahue
, Burt Reynolds
, former president Bill Clinton
, and many more. While on SNL, he earned the nickname "The Glue" by the way he helped keep the show together, as well as helping writers who wanted their sketches read and such.