Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances as Captain Carl on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse.Hartman garnered fame in 1986 when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes.
I wasn't as cute as the leading man; I wasn't as brilliant as Robin Williams.
The one thing I could do was voices and impersonations and weird characters, an [sic] there was really no call for that.
However, their marriage was fractured, due in part to her drug use.
On May 28, 1998, Brynn Hartman shot and killed Hartman while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles home, then committed suicide several hours later.
For his Clinton impression, Hartman copied the president's "post-nasal drip" and the "slight scratchiness" in his voice, as well as his open, "less intimidating" hand gestures.