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Greg Omdahl, Phil Hartman’s Brother-in-Law: 5 Fast Facts

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Greg Omdahl says that his sister had a problem with cocaine for years prior to her killing her husband.

Greg Omdahl is Phil Hartman’s brother-in-law and Brynn Hartman’s brother. Omdahl is featured heavily in the ABC documentary on Phil Hartman’s death at the hands of his wife in May 1998 that aired on September 19, 2019.

Omdahl, grew up with his sister, who was born Vicki Jo Omdahl, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, along with their other sisters, Katherine and Debbie and their parents Donald and Constance Omdahl. In the ABC documentary, Omdahl said of his sister, “She was always the instigator of fun.” Omdahl also described their upbringing as “idyllic.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Omdahl Says His Sister ‘Did Too Much Cocaine’

Omdahl says in the ABC documentary that his sister “had a problem with cocaine. She did too much cocaine.”


2. Omdahl Says His Sister Was a ‘Great Mother’

Phil Hartman brother in law

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Omdahl says of his sister in the documentary, “When I watched the old home videos of Brynn and Phil and their kids, it really brought home what loving parents they were…and what a great mother she was.” A friend of his sister’s, Joel Diamond, backs up that claim saying, “Brynn was the greatest mom; she was wonderful.”


3. Omdahl Sued the Hartman Family’s Child Psychiatrist Arthur Sorosky After He Allegedly Gave Brynn Hartman Zoloft

In the wake of Hartman and his sister’s death, Omdahl launched a lawsuit against the Hartman family’s child psychiatrist, Arthur Zorosky. Omdahl alleged the psychiatrist had given Brynn Hartman Zoloft, a powerful anti-depressant. Omdahl said in the ABC News documentary that his sister had often complained of suffering from anxiety.

Omdahl also sued Zoloft’s manufacturer, Pfizer. That suit was settled in 1999.


4. Omdahl Was the Executor of His Sister & Hartman’s Estate

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1975 MINNESOTA Vicki Omdahl (small photo in center) in the 1975 Lincoln Senior High School yearbook, Thief River Falls, Minn.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Omdahl was named as the Hartman family’s executor in 1998. The Times article says that Omdahl was also the family’s trustee.


5. Omdahl Spoke to His Sister on the Night of the Murder Suicide

Phil Hartman

GettyPhil Hartman (right) and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in “Jingle All the Way.”

In 1998, Omdahl told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had spoken to his sister on the night she killed her husband and took her own life. Omdahl said, “I talked to her last night — I thought everything was fine. She was concerned how I was doing.”

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