Saturday, December 17, 2016

Harry Morgan, who played two memorable characters on “MASH” and “Dragnet” and was in more than 100 movies, often with film giants, passed away at the age of 96 in his Los Angeles home.

Morgan -- born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit in 1915 -- won an Emmy for playing Colonel Sherman Potter on “MASH” (1975-83).  He was Officer Bill Gannon to Jack Webb’s Joe Friday in “Dragnet” (1967-70).

Morgan was in “The Ox-Bow Incident" in 1943 with Henry Fonda, “High Noon” in 1952 with Gary Cooper, “The Glenn Miller Story” in 1954 with Jimmy Stewart and “Inherit The Wind” in 1960 with Spencer Tracy.

Talk about performing with the film gods!

Morgan joined “MASH” in 1975 after McLean Stevenson, who played another popular character, the unit's commanding officer, left the series. That’s not an easy task to replace a well-estabished series character.

Harry and his first wife, Eileen, who died in 1985 after 45 years of marriage, had four children. His second wife, Barbara Bushman, survives.

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