One of the Nicest Things Phil Hartman Did
Nearly everyone who worked with Phil Hartman has a story to tell about the comic actor, stories that reveal him to be a consummate professional and gentle, soft-spoken man. Maura Tierney, in a recent interview with the AV Club, reflected on her near 30-year acting career, including her stint on NewsRadio, a visionary comical show that featured Hartman among its ensemble cast.
Tierney, asked if she had a “definitive" Phil Hartman story, answered with an anecdote that further solidifies Hartman’s reputation as an all-around good guy:
“I do remember one thing he said to me. Joe Rogan was being so fucking mean to me one day—and mostly we were all friends, but Joe could be a weirdo—and I was sort of upset about it, so I was just sitting over in the corner. And Phil came over and put his arm around me, and he said, ‘You know, I just want to tell you you’re loved.’ Isn’t that really nice? I know you expected me to tell some wacky story about Phil, but he was like that, too. He just put his arm around me and said that. He was so sweet. He was a really nice man.”
It’s the little things that matter, as they say. For more on Tierney’s career highlights, including having worked with Christopher Walken and David Bowie and being fired from Growing Pains, read the full interview here.