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These included appearances on The Smurfs, Challenge of the Go Bots, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and voicing characters Henry Mitchell and George Wilson on Dennis the Menace. 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. In his eight seasons with the show Hartman became known for his impressions, and performed as over 70 different characters.Hartman was to be the show's executive producer and head writer.Before production began, however, the network decided that variety shows were too unpopular and scrapped the series.In a 1996 interview, Hartman noted he was glad the show had been scrapped, as he "would've been sweatin' blood each week trying to make it work".Although the show was critically acclaimed, it was never a ratings hit and cancellation was a regular threat.On May 28, 1998, Brynn shot and killed Hartman while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles home, then committed suicide.In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes.
Michaels also added that Hartman was "the least appreciated" cast member by commentators outside the show, and praised his ability "to do five or six parts in a show where you're playing support or you're doing remarkable character work".
He won fame for his impressions, particularly of President Bill Clinton, and stayed on the show for eight seasons.
Nicknamed the "Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other cast members, Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989.
Hartman won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for SNL in 1989, sharing the award with the show's other writers.
He was nominated in the same category in 1987, and individually in 1994 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.