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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: RIP HARRY MORGAN Reply with quote

Harry Morgan, who played Col. Potter in the hit TV series ‘M*A*S*H,’ dead at 96


Harry Morgan was Officer Bill Gannon, the LAPD partner of Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday, in 'Dragnet' from 1967 to 1970,

Harry Morgan as he appeared during the late-1960s run of 'Dragnet.'

MASH, Harry Morgan, 1972-1983, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection Harry Morgan, who acted in hundreds of movies and television shows but was best known as the wise and wisecracking Col. Potter on “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 96.

Morgan was already a veteran of iconic TV shows like “Dragnet” and “December Bride,” as well as movies like “High Noon,” when he joined the cast of “M*A*S*H.”

He first appeared on the show as a different character: Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele, in a September 1974 episode.

The next season he was brought back fulltime as Col. Sherman Potter, replacing McLean Stevenson, and he remained on the show until the end of its run in 1983.

He won an Emmy in 1980 for his portrayal of Col. Potter, who both guided and protected his unorthodox medical unit.

Morgan was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich., and attended the University of Chicago with the intention of studying law.

But he caught the acting bug after giving it a whirl in his junior year, and when he graduated he moved to New York, where he joined the Group Theater in 1937 and had a role in the first production of Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy.”

He acted on Broadway and in summer stock with actors like Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb under his birth name, Harry Bratsberg.

He changed his name to Henry and later Harry Morgan when he launched his film career with “To the Shores of Tripoli” in 1942.

Over the next six decades, he would play in more than a hundred films, including “The Ox-Bow Incident,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Glenn Miller Story” and “The Shootist.”

He hosted the NBC radio series “Mystery in the Air” with Peter Lorre in 1947 and moved to television in the 1950s with “December Bride,” 1954-1959. The following year he moved to “Pete and Gladys,” a spinoff that ran until 1962.

He costarred with Dennis Weaver in the 1964-65 drama “Kentucky Jones” and then played Officer Bill Gannon, partner of Jack Webb’s Sgt. Joe Friday, in the 1967-1970 revival of “Dragnet.”

He joined two fellow “M*A*S*H” cast members in the short-lived “AfterMash,” and later continued in a number of other TV shows and movies, including an episode of “The Simpsons.”

He was married to Eileen Decton from 1940 until her death in 1985. TV fans know her because it was her picture on Col. Potter’s desk.

He married Barbara Bushman Quine in 1986 and they remained married until his death. In 1997, when he was 82, he was charged with physically abusing his wife and completed a six-month domestic violence counseling program.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry was in The Partridge Family episode 2 "The Sound Of Money".
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matthew C. Clark wrote:
Harry was in The Partridge Family episode 2 "The Sound Of Money".

Also All's War in Love and Fairs. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he was a great actor

a great loss to all
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was terrific as a crusty carnival barker in 1945's "State Fair."
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great one has left us.
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