Harry Morgan

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Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor. He is best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H.


Born as Harry Bratsburg, Morgan is descended from Norwegian grandparents.

Morgan has been married twice, first to Eileen Detchon from 1940 until her death in 1985, and then to Barbara Bushman Quine from 1998 to present. He had four sons with his first wife, Christopher, Charles, Paul and Daniel. Daniel died in 1982.


Morgan made his debut, originally using the name Henry Morgan, in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. His screen name later would become Henry "Harry" Morgan and eventually Harry Morgan, to avoid confusion with the then-popular comedian of the same name on radio and TV.

Morgan continued to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as Dragonwyck (1946), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Inherit the Wind (1960), [["How The West Was Won (1962), Frankie and Johnny (1966), and Support Your Local Sheriff in 1969.

On TV he played Pete in Pete and Gladys (1960-1962) and in a widely-recognized role, Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet (1967-1970). Morgan had also appeared with Dragnet star Jack Webb in two film noir movies, Dark City (1950) and Appointment with Danger (1951).

In a third-season episode of the television series "M*A*S*H", The General Flipped At Dawn, Morgan played a crazed general who wanted to move the 4077th closer to the front line. In the following season, he joined the show's cast as the beloved Colonel Sherman T. Potter.

In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H. Morgan reprised the Potter role in a shortlived spin-off series, After M*A*S*H.

In 1987, Morgan also reprised his Bill Gannon character for a cameo in the film version of Dragnet, a comedy. On the old TV show, Morgan had usually played Gannon fairly light and comedic, in keeping with his general acting style in those days, and contrasting well with Jack Webb's no-nonsense portrayal of Joe Friday. Curiously, or perhaps purposely, in the film version, he played Gannon as a brusque, authoritarian captain of police, quite different from his Detective Gannon in the 1967 TV show, and rather closer to his characterization of Colonel Potter.

In the 1990s, he played the role of Judge Stoddard Bell in The Incident series of TV movies.

Morgan also directed episodes for several TV series, including 2 episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and 9 episodes of M*A*S*H.

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