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Harry Morgan

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Also Known As: Died: December 7, 2011
Born: April 10, 1915 Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1935:
Planned to study law at the University of Chicago until public speaking and debating classes turned him to acting
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Joined a little theater group while working in Washington, DC on summer vacation
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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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