In the show, Hartman played Captain Carl, as well as in the children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse.
He also co-wrote Pee-wee's Big Adventure, a film based on the character. At this moment in time, Hartman considered quitting the acting business, due to limited opportunities.
Hartman also appeared in numerous films including Jingle All the Way, Sgt. Another show Hartman had a guest role on was Third Rock from the Sun.
He had starred on the final episode of the 1996-1997 season where he kidnaps one of the main characters which was supposed to be resolved in a cliffhanger, but his death made it impossible.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure opened up new possibillites for Hartman.
After a creative fallout with Reubens, Hartman left Pee-wee Herman to pursue other roles.
Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman (September 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998) was a Canadian born American actor and comedian.
He was a recurring guest star on The Simpsons, frequently voicing Lionel Hutz and Troy Mc Clure. His characters were retired after his death in 1998.During his time working on Pee-wee Herman, he had a number of voice-over roles, including shows such as The Smurfs, Challenge of Go Bots and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.He also voiced Henry Mitchell and George Wilson in Dennis the Menace as well as providing voice-over for advertisements.His most famous and last impression on the show was Bill Clinton; he also did this on The Tonight Show.Later, in 1993, he met Clinton and said "I guess I owe you a few apologies", but Clinton showed good humor, a sent him a signed photo with "You're not the president, but you play one on TV.As a result, the producers scrapped the season finale and reshot it with another plot.