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    Default Harry Morgan Dies. R.I.P Col Potter & Det. Gannon.

    Rather ironic he died today. One of the most endearing military characters, dies on Peral Harbor Day. Seems fitting. Col. Potter was like everyone's Grandpa, Dad & Uncle, wrapped in to one character.


    'M*A*S*H' star Harry Morgan dies

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    Harry Morgan starred as Col. Potter on the long-running television series "M*A*S*H."


    Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan, whose portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on television's "M*A*S*H" highlighted a show business career that included nine other TV series, 50 films and the Broadway stage, died Wednesday. He was 96.

    His daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, told The Associated Press the actor died at his home in Brentwood after having pneumonia.

    "He was side-splittingly funny, a very gent and loving father-in-law," Beth Morgan said. "He was very humble about having such a successful career."
    Morgan appeared in mostly supporting roles on the big screen, playing opposite such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan Aykroyd.

    On television, he was more the comedic co-star, including roles on "December Bride," its spin-off "Pete and Gladys," as Sgt. Joe Friday's loyal partner in later "Dragnet" episodes and on CBS-TV's long-running "M*A*S*H" series, for which he earned an Emmy award in 1980.

    Yet acting wasn't Morgan's first career choice.

    Born in Detroit in 1915, Morgan was studying pre-law at the University of Chicago when public speaking classes sparked his interest in the stage. Before long, he was working with a little-theater group in Washington, D.C., followed by a two-year stint on Broadway in the original production of "Golden Boy," with Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb.

    Morgan made his way to Hollywood in 1942 "without any assurance that I would find work," he said in a 1976 interview with The Associated Press. "I didn't have enough money to go back East, so I stayed around finding jobs mainly out of friendships."

    He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox after a talent scout spotted him in the one-act play, "Hello, Out There."

    One of his earliest films was "The Ox Bow Incident" in 1943 with Fonda. Other films included: "High Noon," "What Price Glory," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Shootist."
    Morgan began his television career in 1954 when the medium was in its infancy.

    "Television allowed me to kick the Hollywood habit of typing an actor in certain roles," Morgan said, referring to his typical sidekick or sheriff portrayals on the big screen.

    In "December Bride," his first TV series, Morgan played Pete Porter, a perpetually henpecked neighbor. The CBS series lasted from 1954-1959, when he went on to star in his own series, "Pete and Gladys," a spinoff of "December Bride."

    Demonstrating his diversity as a character actor and comedian, Morgan also starred in "The Richard Boone Show," "Kentucky Jones" and "Dragnet."

    But it was his role as Col. Sherman Porter on "M*A*S*H" for which Morgan became best known. "M*A*S*H was so damned good," Morgan told the AP. "I didn't think they could keep the level so high."

    His acting career didn't stop after the popular series left the air in 1983 after 11 years -- one of television's most successful prime-time runs. Morgan went on to appear in several made-for-TV movies and other television series, such as "AfterMASH" and "Blacke's Magic."

    When he was not on the set, Morgan enjoyed reading books about the legal profession and poetry. He also liked horses, which he once raised on his Northern California ranch.

    Morgan is survived by three sons, Charles, Paul and Christopher; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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    That sucks - rest in peace Col. Potter...

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    rest in peace, Mr. Morgan

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    HORSE HOCKEY!!!!!

    Yeah, just caught that awhile ago. Didn't realize he was that old. Good ole' time actor. Always like him.

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    It's been a long time since I've seen it, but always loved the MASH episode where they got Potter the horse and he slipped in the crap on his office floor and didn't miss a beat. I always remember that happy look on his face and laugh when I think about it. He was really old back in Korea! Great dead pan cop against Jack Webb too. Cranky and cantankerous in light whimsy Disney films. Probably drank bourbon with Bill Bixby. Slapped his wife around too if I recall. They don't make 'em like that any more.

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    I use to fall asleep to MASH every night as a young teenager, always came on after the local news. It was part of my life. Loved the guy on MASH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    It's been a long time since I've seen it, but always loved the MASH episode where they got Potter the horse and he slipped in the crap on his office floor and didn't miss a beat. I always remember that happy look on his face and laugh when I think about it. He was really old back in Korea! Great dead pan cop against Jack Webb too. Cranky and cantankerous in light whimsy Disney films. Probably drank bourbon with Bill Bixby. Slapped his wife around too if I recall. They don't make 'em like that any more.
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    RIP Harry Morgan

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    fkn bourbon, wrong link


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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchetforce View Post
    RIP Harry Morgan

    He always looked older than he was onscreen

    I think its a nice tribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNIC View Post
    I think its a nice tribute.

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