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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
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NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. network NBC says it plans to air a special featuring laugh-out-loud scenes from the greatest television shows of all time next month.
2014 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees announced

2014 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees announced

HOLLYWOOD, June 22 (UPI) -- Liam Neeson and Katy Perry head the list of Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipients for 2014, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.
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Lovitz bops Dick for 'Hartman hex'

HOLLYWOOD, July 18 (UPI) -- Comics Jon Lovitz and Andy Dick tussled outside a Hollywood comedy club over what witnesses say was Dick's invoking the late Phil Hartman as a curse.

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Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2006 with 98 to follow.
By United Press International

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Today is Saturday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2005 with 98 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2004 with 98 to follow.
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Lorne Michaels will receive Twain prize

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels will receive the seventh annual Mark Twain Pr

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2003 with 98 to follow.
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Tough guy actor Vin Diesel said he loved the chance to show his sensitive side in the new drama, "A Man Apart."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Feature: Mindy Sterling wings it

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Mindy Sterling, best known as Frau Farbissina in the "Austin Powers" movies, thrives on making it up as she goes along -- she is a specialist in improvisation.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Phil Hartman
LAP98052801 - 28 MAY 1998 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA: Los Angeles police say that Brynn Hartman, the 40-year-old wife of actor-comedian Phil Hartman, best known for his work on TV shows, "Saturday Night Live" and "NewRadio," shot him to death in his bed,May 28, and then killed herself as officers arrived and were escorting the couple's two young children out of the house in the gated community of $1 million homes. UPI jr/rw/Jim Ruymen/file photo
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Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-born American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family immigrated to the United States when he was ten. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands like Poco and America. Feeling the need for a more creative outlet, Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 and there helped comedian Paul Reubens develop his character Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Hartman became well-known in the late 1980s when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He won fame for his impressions, particularly of President Bill Clinton, and stayed on the show for eight seasons. Called "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. In 1995, after scrapping plans for his own variety show, he starred as Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He also had frequent roles on The Simpsons, and appeared in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, and Small Soldiers.

Hartman had been divorced twice before he married Brynn (née Omdahl) in 1987; the couple had two children together. However, their marriage was fractured, due in part to Brynn's drug use. On May 28, 1998, Brynn shot and killed her husband while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles home, then committed suicide several hours later. In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes. Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly opined that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper...a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with".

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