Phil Hartman’s daughter Birgen honors late ‘SNL’ star on what would have been his 74th birthday

Phil Hartman's daughter gave a heartfelt tribute to the late 'Saturday Night Live' star.
Saturday would have been the actor and comedian's 74th birthday. To mark the occasion, Birgen Hartman took to Twitter and shared two photos of the patriarch dressed as a cat for a comedy sketch.
"It's my father's 74th birthday today!" tweeted the 30-year-old. "Thanks for the personality disorder!"
"(Joke - @realjonlovitz told me I thought I was a cat until I was about 4)" she added in a follow-up tweet.
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Lovitz, 65, was one of Hartman's closest friends.
Hartman, the NewsRadio star whose voice also appeared on The Simpsons, died in 1998 at the age of 49. Hartman's wife, Brynn, fatally shot him before taking her own life at the age of 40.

Their two children, Birgen and Sean, grew up out of the public eye. It was previously reported that the children of Brynn's sister and her husband were raised in the Midwest.
In 2017, Birgen made a rare comment about her father's involvement in The Simpsons and how she's still celebrated by fans today.
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Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn at an HBO event in 1998. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
"It's great that people still love and remember my dad's characters in The Simpsons," she told the Hollywood Reporter. "Even after 20+ years, I still see people quoting Lionel Hutz or sharing Troy McClure memes. The fact that these characters have carried themselves into the modern age and stayed relevant is just so cool to see and I think my dad would do it and we were proud of that."
Hartman has also appeared in numerous films, including So I Married an Ax Murderer, Houseguest, and Jingle All the Way.
Hartman was a member of the comedy group The Groundlings, People magazine reported. There he met Paul Reubens. In addition to helping the comic develop its Pee-wee Herman character, Hartman also co-wrote "Pee-wee's Big Adventure."
Before his death, Hartman reflected on the success he had achieved in Hollywood.
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Phil Hartman as Bill McNeal on NewsRadio. Alan Levenson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
"I think as I get older I've realized the value of everything and I try to appreciate the many blessings that have come my way," Hartman said in a 1998 interview. "But there's also that sense of vulnerability when things take a turn for the worse, and living knowing that anything can happen in this world."
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