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Also Known As: Henry Morgan (Harry), Harry Bratsburg, Henry Morgan Died: December 7, 2011
Born: April 10, 1915 Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, director

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A familiar face to film and television audiences for over five decades, Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan perfected the role of the lovable curmudgeon on one of the most beloved programs in television history. After proving himself on the stages of Broadway, the gruff-voiced actor became a fixture in features films with supporting roles opposite big names like Henry Fonda in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), Gary Cooper in "High Noon" (1952) and Jimmy Stewart in the big band biopic "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953). By the mid-1950s Morgan had begun to establish himself as the ubiquitous television presence with an endearing performance on the sitcom "December Bride" (CBS, 1954-1960) and its spin-off "Pete and Gladys" (CBS, 1960-62). Equally adept at serious drama, he memorably played Jack Webb's taciturn partner Bill Gannon on the revived version of "Dragnet" (NBC, 1967-1970). It was, however, his lengthy run as the fatherly Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the wartime comedy-drama "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983) that would earn the veteran actor TV immortality. Though he would go on to portray other increasingly flinty, avuncular types on a variety of programs well into his eighth decade, it was his role...

A familiar face to film and television audiences for over five decades, Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan perfected the role of the lovable curmudgeon on one of the most beloved programs in television history. After proving himself on the stages of Broadway, the gruff-voiced actor became a fixture in features films with supporting roles opposite big names like Henry Fonda in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), Gary Cooper in "High Noon" (1952) and Jimmy Stewart in the big band biopic "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953). By the mid-1950s Morgan had begun to establish himself as the ubiquitous television presence with an endearing performance on the sitcom "December Bride" (CBS, 1954-1960) and its spin-off "Pete and Gladys" (CBS, 1960-62). Equally adept at serious drama, he memorably played Jack Webb's taciturn partner Bill Gannon on the revived version of "Dragnet" (NBC, 1967-1970). It was, however, his lengthy run as the fatherly Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the wartime comedy-drama "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983) that would earn the veteran actor TV immortality. Though he would go on to portray other increasingly flinty, avuncular types on a variety of programs well into his eighth decade, it was his role as the no-nonsense leader of the 4077th that Morgan would later describe as "the best part I ever had."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Incident in a Small Town (1994) Judge Stoddard Bell
3.
 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992) Judge Stoddard Bell
4.
 Incident, The (1990) Judge Bell
5.
 14 Going on 30 (1988) Uncle Herb
6.
 Dragnet (1987) Captain Bill Gannon
7.
 Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide (1983) Captain Kemp
8.
 Rivkin: Bounty Hunter (1981) Father Everett Kolodny
9.
 Scout's Honor (1980) Mr Briggs
10.
 Wild Wild West Revisited, The (1979) Robert T Malone
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1935:
Planned to study law at the University of Chicago until public speaking and debating classes turned him to acting
:
Joined a little theater group while working in Washington, DC on summer vacation
:
Professional stage debut, "At Mrs. Beam's" with Frances Farmer and Mildred Natwick in summer stock at Mt. Kisco, NY
1937:
Spent two years in the original Broadway production of "Golden Boy"
1942:
Moved to California
1942:
Signed by 20th Century Fox after being spotted by a talent scout in William Saroyan's one-act play "Hello, Out There" in a Santa Barbara stock company
1942:
Feature acting debut (as Henry Morgan), "To the Shores of Tripoli"
1943:
Prominently featured as Henry Fonda's traveling companion in the Western drama "The Ox-Bow Incident"
1952:
First of six films with director Anthony Mann, "Bend of the River"
1954:
Debut as a TV series regular, played cranky neighbor Pete Porter on the popular sitcom "December Bride" (CBS); garnered first Emmy nomination, for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 1959
1960:
Last film with director Mann, "Cimarron"
1960:
Starred as Pete Porter in the sitcom spin-off "Pete and Gladys" (CBS)
1963:
Appeared as a "repertory" member on "The Richard Boone Show," an ambitious dramatic anthology series (NBC)
1964:
Played a regular on the family comedy-drama "Kentucky Jones" (NBC)
1967:
Co-starred as Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday on the NBC revival "Dragnet 1967"
1969:
Directed episodes of the Jack Webb-produced "Adam-12" (NBC)
1970:
TV-movie debut, "But I Don't Want to Get Married!" (ABC)
1971:
Co-starred with Robert Conrad on the short-lived legal drama "The D.A." (NBC); also directed episodes
1972:
Narrated and played a recurring role on the Western detective series "Hec Ramsey" (NBC); also directed episodes
1974:
Appeared in an acclaimed guest spot as a crazed general on the hit comedy-drama series "M*A*S*H" (CBS), the third season opener episode titled "The General Flipped at Dawn"
1975:
Became series regular on "M*A*S*H" (CBS) the following season as acerbic but kindly Colonel Sherman Potter; also directed episodes; nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the "M*A*S*H" episode "Stars and Stripe" (aired 12/17/79)
1979:
Appeared in "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC), the sequel to the landmark miniseries
1979:
Perfectly cast as President Harry S. Truman in the docudrama miniseries "Backstairs at the White House" (NBC)
1983:
Starred as Dr. Sherman Potter on the sequel series "After MASH" (CBS)
1986:
Co-starred as the recovering con man father of magician-detective Hal Linden on "Blacke's Magic" (NBC)
1987:
Returned to features after an eight-year absence to reprise the role of Bill Gannon, now a Captain, for the feature spoof of "Dragnet" starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
1990:
Cast as Judge Stoddard Bell opposite Walter Matthau and Susan Blakely in the CBS TV-movie "The Incident"
1992:
Reprised Judge Stoddard Bell role, co-starring with Walter Matthau and Susan Blakely in the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore"
1994:
Third appearance as Judge Bell, reteamingwith Matthau for "Incident in a Small Town" (CBS)
1995:
Voiced the animated version of Bill Gannon on Fox series "The Simpsons"
1996:
Landed a recurring guest apperance on NBC's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
1997:
Final feature film appearance, "Family Plan" with Leslie Nielsen and Judge Reinhold
1999:
Acted in the comedy short "Crosswalk"
2002:
Featured in the documentary special "'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion" (Fox)
2006:
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
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Education

University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -

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wife:
Eileen Morgan.
wife:
Barbara Morgan. Born c. 1926; married on December 12, 1986; in July 1996 filed charges of spousal abuse against Morgan; charges were dropped in June 1997.

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son:
Chris Morgan.
son:
Charles Morgan.
son:
Paul Morgan.
son:
Daniel Morgan.
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