Actor Harry Morgan Dies at 96

Harry Morgan, who won an Emmy Award playing Col. Sherman T. Potter on “M*A*S*H” died today at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

From the New York Times:

On television, he played Officer Bill Gannon with a phlegmatic but light touch to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. He starred as Pete Porter, a harried husband, in the situation comedy “Pete and Gladys” (1960-62), reprising a role he had played on “December Bride” (1954-59). He was also a regular on “The Richard Boone Show” (1963-64), “Kentucky Jones” (1964-65), “The D.A.” (1971-72), “Hec Ramsey” (1972-74) and “Blacke’s Magic” (1986).

But to many fans he was first and foremost Col. Sherman T. Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in Korea. With a wry smile, flat voice and sharp humor, Mr. Morgan played Colonel Potter from 1975 to 1983, when “M*A*S*H” went off the air. He replaced McLean Stevenson , who had quit the series, moving into the role on the strength of his performance as a crazed major general in an early episode.

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3 Comments on “Actor Harry Morgan Dies at 96”

  1. zelda Says:

    Wow,what a good actor he was,,,,,,,,,,he always made the other actors look good he was supporting.He lived a good long life,we will miss you Harry………..You leave very fond memories. Thanks!!!!

  2. Sandy Says:

    R.I.P. Harry
    You were a great actor & will be missed

  3. Honeydog Says:

    Man, I had completely forgotten about all those old Shows named above! I watched them all growing-up, especially “Dragnet” and “Pete and Gladys”, which was one of my favorites. Yes, a great Actor with a commendable Repertoire… Gone, but will definitely not be Forgotten. RIP.


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