Lee Hartman was born on February 21, 1930 in North Apollo, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Night of the Living Dead (1968), There's Always Vanilla (1971) and Autopsy of the Dead (2009). He died on December 24, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He starred as a Newscaster and Ghoul in Night of the Living Dead.
He tells the story on Autopsy of the Dead that Duane Jones had never shot a rifle before, so he let Duane practice shooting with his 30-30 rifle, Instructing Duane to hold the gun up to his shoulder and fire at a near by tree using live ammo. Duane was then able to imitate the body movement of him firing live rounds as he shot blanks at Ghouls in the movie.
Lee started his career out as an animator; working for various studios such as Walt Disney & Warner Bros. He also wrote & illustrated a book of children's stories that has never been published.
In 1990 he wrote and directed a TV Animated Short Story of the Christmas Toys as told by Mel Torme.