Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Harry Morgan who played Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV Show M*A*S*H

Born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Morgan was most famous for playing the role of Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the 1970s television comedy M*A*S*H.  However, he is also well known for playing other roles such as Pete Porter in Pete and Gladys and December Bride, and Bill Gannon on Dragnet.

Harry Morgan played Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV comedy M*A*S*H


Harry Morgan got his acting start in the 1942 film To the Shores of Tripoli co-starring John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Randolph Scott, Alan Hale Jr., Nancy Kelly, and William Tracy.  That same year he also starred in The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe co-starring Linda Darnell, Shepperd Strudwick, Mary Howard, Virginia Gilmore, and Jane Darwell;  Orchestra Wives co-starring George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller, Cesar Romero, Carole Landis, Lynn Bari, and Virginia Gilmore; and The Omaha Trail co-starring James Craig, Pamela Blake, Dean Jagger, Chill Wills, Edward Ellis, and Howard Da Silva.


Morgan starred in Crash Dive co-starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, James Gleason, and Dana Andrews; The Ox-Bow Incident co-starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews and Mary Beth Hughes, Jane Darwell, and Anthony Quinn; and Happy Land co-starring Don Ameche, Frances Dee, Ann Rutherford, Richard Crane, Harry Carey, and Cara Williams.

Harry Morgan in The Ox-Bow Incident 1943


Harry starred in The Eve of St. Mark with Anne Baxter, William Eythe, Vincent Price, Ruth Nelson, and Michael O'Shea; Roger Touhy, Gangster co-starring Preston Foster, Victor McLaglen, Anthony Quinn, Kent Taylor, and Lois Andrews; Wing and a Prayer co-starring Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Kevin O'Shea, Charles Bickford, and Cedric Hardwicke; and Gentle Annie co-starring James Craig, Donna Reed, Marjorie Main, Noah Beery, and Paul Langton.


Morgan starred in A Bell for Adano co-starring Gene Tierney, John Hodiak, Glenn Langan, William Bendix, and Richard Conte; and State Fair co-starring Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Charles Winninger, and Vivian Blaine.


Harry starred in From This Day Forward with Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens, Bobby Driscoll, Rosemary DeCamp, and Wally Brown;  Johnny Comes Flying Home co-starring Richard Crane, Faye Marlowe, Martha Stewart, Roy Roberts, and Charles Russell; Dragonwyck co-starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Jessica Tandy, and Anne Revere; Somewhere in the Night co-starring John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Sheldon Leonard, Richard Conte, and Lloyd Nolan; It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog co-starring Carole Landis, Allyn Joslyn, Margo Woode, Jean Wallace, and Reed Hadley; and Crime Doctor's Man Hunt co-starring Warner Baxter, Ellen Drew, Claire Carletonv, Frank Sully, and William Frawley.


Morgan appeared in The Gangster co-starring Barry Sullivan, John Ireland, Joan Lorring, Belita and Akim Tamiroff.


Morgan starred in All My Sons with Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Howard Duff, Mady Christians, and Arlene Francis; The Big Clock co-starring Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, George Macready, and Rita Johnson; Race Street co-starring George Raft, William Bendix, Mack Gray, Gale Robbins, and Marilyn Maxwell; The Saxon Charm co-starring Robert Montgomery, Susan Hayward, Chill Wills, John Payne, and Audrey Totter; Moonrise co-starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Lloyd Bridges, Ethel Barrymore, Rex Ingram, and Allyn Joslyn; and Yellow Sky co-starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, John Russell, Richard Widmark, and Robert Arthur;


Harry starred in Hello Out There with Marjorie Steele and Lee Patrick; Down to the Sea in Ships co-starring Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Gene Lockhart, Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, and Paul Harvey; The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend co-starring Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Hugh Herbert, and Olga San Juan; Madame Bovary co-starring Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Gladys Cooper,  Gene Lockhart, Ellen Corby, and Louis Jourdan; Strange Bargain co-starring Martha Scott, Jeffrey Lynn, Michael Chapin, Katherine Emery, Walter Sande, and Arlene Gray; Red Light co-starring George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Raymond Burr, and Gene Lockhart; and Holiday Affair co-starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Henry O'Neill, and Esther Dale.


Morgan starred in Outside the Wall with Richard Basehart, Marilyn Maxwell, John Hoyt, Signe Hasso, and Dorothy Hart; The Showdown co-starring Bill Elliott, Walter Brennan, Jim Davis, Marie Windsor, and Henry Rowland; and Dark City co-starring Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Jack Webb, Ed Begley, Viveca Lindfors, and Dean Jagger.


Harry starred in Belle Le Grand co-starring Vera Ralston, John Carroll, William Ching, Grant Withers, and Hope Emerson;  He also made his first appearance in a television show in the one and only 1951 episode of The Amazing Mr. Malone starring Raymond Burr, Fred Clark, Gene Raymond, and Wright King; When I Grow Up co-starring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Preston, Martha Scott, and Elisabeth Fraser; Appointment with Danger co-starring Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Jack Webb, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, and Stacy Harris; The Highwayman co-starring Philip Friend, Charles Coburn, Victor Jory, Virginia Huston, Wanda Hendrix, and Cecil Kellaway; The Well co-starring Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Margaret Wells, Maidie Norman, and George Hamilton; and The Blue Veil co-starring Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Wood, Joan Blondell, Vivian Vance, and Richard Carlson.


Morgan starred in Boots Malone with William Holden, Stanley Clements, Ed Begley, Anthony Caruso, Annie Lee, and Basil Ruysdael; Scandal Sheet starring John Derek, Donna Reed, Henry O'Neill, Broderick Crawford, and Rosemary DeCamp; Bend of the River co-starring James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Arthur Kennedy, and Lori Nelson; My Six Convicts  co-starring Millard Mitchell, Gilbert Roland, Charles Bronson, Marshall Thompson, and John Beal; High Noon co-starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Lon Chaney Jr., Sheb Wooley, Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke, and Otto Kruger; What Price Glory co-starring James Cagney, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner, and Dan Dailey; Big Jim McLain co-starring John Wayne, Nancy Olson and James Arness; Apache War Smoke co-starring Gilbert Roland, Glenda Farrell, Gene Lockhart, Robert Horton, Barbara Ruick, and Robert Blake; Toughest Man in Arizona co-starring Vaughn Monroe, Joan Leslie, Jean Parker, Victor Jory, and Edgar Buchanan; the TV show The Doctor starring Warner Anderson; and Stop, You're Killing Me co-starring Broderick Crawford, Claire Trevor, Virginia Gibson, Howard St. John, Margaret Dumont, and Sheldon Leonard.

Harry Morgan in High Noon 1952


Harry starred in Thunder Bay with James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Marcia Henderson, and Gilbert Roland; Arena co-starring Gig Young, Jean Hagen, Lee Van Cleef, Barbara Lawrence, and Polly Bergen; Champ for a Day co-starring Alex Nicol, Audrey Totter, Joseph Wiseman,  Charles Winninger, and Hope Emerson; Cavalcade of America co-starring Robert Cornthwaite, Kenny Delmar and Robert Easton; and Torch Song co-starring Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Dorothy Patrick, Gig Young, and Marjorie Rambeau.


Harry starred in The Glenn Miller Story co-starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Kathleen Lockhart, and Charles Drake; Prisoner of War co-starring Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin, Paul Stewart, Robert Horton, and Oskar Homolka; The Forty-Niners co-starring Bill Elliott, Virginia Grey, and John Doucette; About Mrs. Leslie co-starring Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan, Marjie Millar, Ellen Corby, Alex Nicol, and Sammy White; The Far Country co-starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Walter Brennan, Jack Elam, and Corinne Calvet; and  two episodes of The Lone Wolf starring Louis Hayward. 

James Stewart and Harry Morgan in The Glenn Miller Story 1954

It was in 1954 that Harry Morgan landed the role of Pete Porter in the television series December Bride.  He co-starred with Spring Byington (Lily Ruskin), Frances Rafferty (Ruth Henshaw), Dean Miller (Matt Henshaw), and Verna Felton (Hilda Crocker). Harry played the role of Pete Porter for six years until the show ended in 1959.

Spring Byington, Harry Morgan and Verna Felton cast of December Bride


During his stint on December Bride, Morgan also starred in Strategic Air Command co-starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Barry Sullivan, Rosemary DeCamp, and Frank Lovejoy; Not as a Stranger co-starring Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Lon Chaney Jr., Lee Marvin, and Gloria Grahame; and Pete Kelly's Blues co-starring Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Jayne Mansfield, Peggy Lee, and Andy Devine.


Morgan starred in The Bottom of the Bottle co-starring Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Jim Davis, Margaret Hayes, Ruth Roman, Brad Dexter, and Jack Carson; Backlash co-starring Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell, Robert J. Wilke, and John McIntire; Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers co-starring Tom Towers, Robert Phillips, Bert Freed, and Nicholas Mariana; Cavalcade of America co-starring Larry J. Blake, George Chandler and Anthony Jochim; Star in the Dust co-starring John Agar, Mamie Van Doren and Richard Boone; and The Teahouse of the August Moon co-starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert, Paul Ford, Machiko Kyôv, and Nijiko Kiyokawa.


Morgan starred in Under Fire co-starring Rex Reason, Peter Walker, Jon Locke, Steve Brodie, and Robert Levin.

After his run on December Bride, Morgan continued his role of Pete Porter on a different new show Pete and Gladys.  He co-starred with Cara Williams who played the role of Gladys Porter, Pete's wife who never appeared in December Bride.  Harry starred in this show until it ended in 1962.

Cara Williams and Harry Morgan stars of the TV show Pete and Gladys


Harry appeared in the show Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone with Harry Bartell, Joel Ashley, and Natalie Norwick.


During his three year run on Pete and Gladys, Morgan also starred in It Started with a Kiss co-starring Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Eva Gabor, Edgar Buchanan, Fred Clark, and Gustavo Rojo; and Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Baxley and Jackie Coogan.


Harry starred in Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy, Dick York, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Noah Beery Jr., Norman Fell, Claude Akins, Donna Anderson, and Dick York; The Mountain Road co-starring James Stewart, Lisa Lu, James Best, Glenn Corbett, Frank Silvera, and Eddie Firestone; and Cimarron co-starring Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Vic Morrow, Mercedes McCambridge, Arthur O'Connell, Russ Tamblyn, Edgar Buchanan, and Mary Wikes.


After Pete and Gladys, Morgan made mostly TV show appearances for a while with a few films in between.  He appeared in Ensign O'Toole starring Dean Jones, Jack Albertson, Beau Bridges, Harvey Lembeck, and Jay C. Flippen; How the West Was Won co-starring James Stewart, Carroll Baker, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Carolyn Jones, Eli Wallach, Walter Brennan, and Richard Widmark; Going My Way starring Gene Kelly, Nydia Westman, Leo G. Carroll and Dick York; The Untouchables starring Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Paul Picerni, Nicholas Georgiade, and Steve London;


Harry appeared in the show Have Gun - Will Travel starring Richard Boone with Peggy Rea, Pitt Herbert, and Robert J. Wilke; The Virginian starring James Drury, Lee J. Cobb and Doug McClure, Roberta Shore, and Gary Clarke; The Wall to Wall War co-starring June Harding, Warren Stevens, and Guy Stockwell.

Morgan appeared in fifteen episodes of The Richard Boone Show playing various roles from 1963 to 1964, but repeatedly played the role of Senator Clements.  He co-starred with Richard Boone (Judge), Warren Stevens (James O'Brien), Bethel Leslie (Maggie Clements ), Guy Stockwell (Copilot), Ford Rainey (Jacob Osserman), and Robert Blake (Frankie).


After the Richard Boone Show, Morgan played the repeating role of Seldom Jackson on the show Kentucky Jones starring Dennis Weaver (Kentucky Jones) and Ricky Der ('Ike' Wong).  Harry played the role for seven episodes through 1965.  Also that year he starred in the film John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! with Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Jim Backus, and Richard Crenna


Morgan starred in The Wackiest Ship in the Army with Jack Warden, Gary Collins and Mark Slade; and made several appearances on the show Dr. Kildare starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey.


Morgan starred in the film Frankie and Johnny with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Nancy Kovack, and Sue Ane Langdon; and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? co-starring James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Carroll O'Connor, Sergio Fantoni, Giovanna Ralli, and Aldo Ray.


Morgan starred in The Flim-Flam Man with George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Jack Albertson, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens, Alice Ghostley, and Albert Salmi.

Morgan landed the role of Detective Bill Gannon in the show Dragnet (1967) which was the 2nd installment of the original show that originally ran in the 1950s.  Morgan co-starred with Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) as well as a cast of many other regulars.

Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) and Harry Morgan (Detective Bill Gannon) stars of the 2nd installment of the TV Crime show Dragnet 1967


Harry also starred in The television movie Dragnet (1966) was filmed before the show in 1966, but was aired in 1969 two years after the 2nd installment of the TV show began to air.

Also in '69, Morgan starred in the film Support Your Local Sheriff! with James Garner, Joan Hackett, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, and Walter Brennan.  Harry also starred in the film Viva Max with Peter Ustinov, Pamela Tiffin, Keenan Wynn, Jonathan Winters, Kenneth Mars, John Astin, and Alice Ghostley.


After Morgan was appearing in his last episodes of Dragnet, he appeared in Love, American Style with Art Lewis, Keenan Wynn, James Millhollin, and Barbara Rush; But I Don't Want to Get Married! co-starring Shirley Jones, Herschel Bernardi, June Lockhart, Nanette Fabray, Joyce Van Patten, Jerry Paris, Sue Lyon, and Tina Louise; Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis; and The Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Dave Madden, Suzanne Crough, and Brian Forster.


Harry starred in The Feminist and the Fuzz with Barbara Eden, David Hartman,
Farrah Fawcett, Herb Edelman, Jo Anne Worley, Penny Marshall, and Julie Newmar; The Barefoot Executive co-starring Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, John Ritter, Hayden Rorke, Wally Cox, Heather North, and Jack Bender; Support Your Local Gunfighter co-starring James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, and Joan Blondell; Scandalous John co-starring Brian Keith, Alfonso Arau, Rick Lenz, Michele Carey, John Ritter, Simon Oakland, Bruce Glover, and Richard Hale; Cat Ballou co-starring Jo Ann Harris, Forrest Tucker, Lee Joe Casey, Jay Silverheels, and Bryan Montgomery; Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You Peter Lawford co-starring Stefanie Powers, E.G. Marshall, Morgan Sterne, William Lucking, and Skye Aubrey; and 2 episodes of The D.A. starring Robert Conrad and Victor Izay.


Morgan appeared in Rod Serling's Night Gallery with Sondra Locke, Kim Hunter, Stuart Whitman, Randy Quaid, Jack Aranson, and Norman Lloyd; The Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Dave Madden, Suzanne Crough, and Brian Forster.

Harry began playing the recurring role of Doc Amos Coogan on the TV show Hec Ramsey.  He co-starred with Richard Boone (Hec Ramsey), Rick Lenz (Police Chief Oliver Stamp), and Dennis Rucker (Constable Tornquist).  Morgan appeared in 8 episodes of the show until it ended in 1974.

Richard Boone (Hec Ramsey) and Harry Morgan (Doc Amos Coogan) in the TV show Hec Ramsey

While he was acting on Hec Ramsey, Morgan also starred in Snowball Express with Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, George Lindsey, Mary Wickes, Johnny Whitaker, Kathleen Cody, and Dick Van Patten; Charley and the Angel co-starring Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Kathleen Cody, Kurt Russell, George Lindsey, and Vincent Van Patten; and Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis.


Morgan appeared in Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis.  Morgan made his first appearance on the show
M*A*S*H guest starring in the role of General Bartford Hamilton Steele.  A year later he would return in a big way.

Harry Morgan made his first appearance as a guest star on the TV show M*A*S*H as General Steele in 1974


Harry starred in the film The Last Day with Richard Widmark, Barbara Rush,
Loretta Swit, Robert Conrad, Tim Matheson, Kathleen Cody, Richard Jaeckel, and Tom Skerritt; Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, and Ken Curtis; The Apple Dumpling Gang co-starring Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Slim Pickens, and Don Knight.

Harry Morgan in The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975

It was in 1975 that Morgan landed a full-time role on
M*A*S*H as Colonel Sherman T. Potter.  He was McLean Stevenson's replacement as his character, Henry Blake exited the show.  Morgan co-starred with Alan Alda ("Hawkeye" Pierce), Loretta Swit ("Hot Lips" Houlihan, Gary Burghoff("Radar" O'Reilly),  Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger), David Ogden Stiers (Charles Winchester), Mike Farrell (B. J. Hunnicut), William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), Larry Linville (Frank Burns), and Kellye Nakahara (Nurse Kellye Yamato).  Harry's character, Colonel Potter often spoke of his wife Mildred and handled a picture of her that he had on his desk.  This picture was in fact his real life wife Eileen Detchon who passed away a couple of years after M*A*S*H went off the air.

Harry Morgan in his first year of playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the TV show M*A*S*H

Some of the cast members of the TV show M*A*S*H in the later years. Seated: Alan Alda  ("Hawkeye" Pierce) standing font: Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicut), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hot Lips" Huolihan), David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Winchester)  Standing rear: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger)


During his run on
M*A*S*H, Morgan also starred in The Shootist with John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, Ron Howard, John Carradine, Sheree North, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Scatman Crothers, and Rick Lenz.


Morgan starred in Exo-Man with David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, José Ferrer, Donald Moffat, and A Martinez; and The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa co-starring Michael Burns, Dick Blasucci, Loni Anderson, Jane Connell, Tom Poston, Susan Blanchard, Conrad Janis, and Susan Sullivan.


Harry starred in Maneaters Are Loose! with Tom Skerritt, Dabney Coleman, Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Susan Adams, and Joshua Bryant; Murder at the Mardi Gras co-starring Barbi Benton, James Borders, Didi Conn, Bill Daily, and David Dahlgren; The Bastard co-starring Andrew Stevens, Tom Bosley, Olivia Hussey, Lorne Greene, Patricia Neal, Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, William Shatner, Noah Beery Jr., and Donald Pleasence; Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid starring Suzanne Pleshette, Deborah Romare, Tony Randall, Burgess Meredith, Buck Taylor, David Huddleston, and Don Meredith;
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan; and The Cat from Outer Space co-starring Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson, Alan Young, Ronnie Schell, and Jesse White.


Morgan starred in Roots: The Next Generations co-starring Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Irene Cara, Stan Shaw, Henry Fonda, Marc Singer, Olivia de Havilland, Richard Thomas, and Ruby Dee; and Backstairs at the White House co-starring Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Lee Grant, Louis Gossett Jr., David Downing, Celeste Holm, George Kennedy, Leslie Nielsen, Estelle Parsons, Barbara Barrie, and Jan Sterling; The Wild Wild West Revisited co-starring Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Wilford Brimley, Jo Ann Harris, Rene Auberjonois, and Paul Williams; You Can't Take It with You co-starring Jean Stapleton, Barry Bostwick, Polly Holliday, Blythe Danner, Kenneth Mars, Marla Gibbs, Howard Hesseman, Tim Reid, Joyce Van Patten, and Eugene Roche; The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again co-starring Tim Conway,
Don Knotts, Robert Pine, Tim Matheson, Jack Elam, Kenneth Mars, Elyssa Davalos, and Ruth Buzzi; and Better Late Than Never co-starring Harold Gould, Strother Martin, Victor Buono, Tyne Daly, Donald Pleasence, Marjorie Bennett, and Larry Storch.


Morgan started off the 80s starring in Roughnecks with Ana Alicia, Wilford Brimley, Vera Miles, Cathy Lee Crosby, Steve Forrest, A Martinez, and Sam Melville; Scout's Honor co-starring Gary Coleman, Katherine Helmond, Pat O'Brien, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Angela Cartwright, and Jay North; and More Wild Wild West co-starring Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Jonathan Winters, Randi Brough, Candi Brough, Rene Auberjonois, Liz Torres, Emma Samms, and Victor Buono.


Harry starred in Rivkin: Bounty Hunter co-starring Harry Bellaver, Verna Bloom, John Getz, and Steve Dash; and
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan.


Morgan did some voice acting in The Flight of Dragons with Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Larry Storch, and
John Ritter.
Harry Morgan in his last year of M*A*S*H


M*A*S*H ended, Morgan continued his role as Dr. Sherman T. Potter in the attempted spinoff about a few of the character's lives after the Korean War called After M*A*S*H.  He co-starred with Jamie Farr (Max Klinger), Barbara Townsend (Mildred Potter), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Rosalind Chao (Soon-Lee Klinger), John Chappell (Michael D'Angelo), Brandis Kemp (Alma Cox), and Patrick Cranshaw (Bob Scannell).  After M*A*S*H was not quite as successful as the original show and ended in 1984.  Harry also starred in Sparkling Cyanide with Anthony Andrews, Deborah Raffin, Pamela Bellwood, Josef Sommer, and Nancy Marchand.

Some of the cast of After M*A*S*H  Front: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Rosalind Chao (Soon-Lee Klinger)  Back: Harry Morgan (Dr. Sherman T. Potter), and Jamie Farr (Max Klinger)


Harry Morgan's career finally began to slow a bit as he made a couple of appearances on
The Love Boat starring Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan.


Morgan starred in three episodes of an attempted series called Blacke's Magic as Leonard Blacke.  He co-starred with Hal Linden (Alexander Blacke), R.J. Adams (Art Baer), and Mark Shera (Lt. Ted Byrnes). 


Harry appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury.  Morgan resurrected his role as Bill Gannon only this time as Captain Gannon in the film version of Dragnet co-starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Alexandra Paul, Christopher Plummer, Dabney Coleman, Jack O'Halloran, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Harry Morgan as Captain Bill Gannon in the 1987 film Dragnet

Morgan began a short run playing the role of Martin Vanderhof  on the show revival of the film You Can't Take It with You co-starring Lois Nettleton (Penny Vanderhof Sycamore), Heather Blodgett (Essie Sycamore), Richard Sanders (Paul Sycamore), Lisa Aliff (Alice Sycamore), and Teddy Wilson (Durwood M. Pinner).  The show only lasted three episodes and ended in 1988.


Morgan starred in 14 Going on 30 with Steven Eckholdt, Daphne Ashbrook, Adam Carl,
Patrick Duffy, Alan Thicke, Gabriel Olds, Dick Van Patten, Loretta Swit, and Irene Tedrow; and an episode of The Twilight Zone with Cedric Smith, Eve Crawford, and Barbara Chilcott.


After a year hiatus, Morgan returned starring in first of a three part film series as Judge Stoddard Bell in The Incident co-starring Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Barnard Hughes, Robert Carradine, William Schallert, Peter Firth, and Ariana Richards.


Morgan starred in Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore with Walter Matthau, Ariana Richards, Susan Blakely, and Brian Kerwin.


Harry starred in Incident in a Small Town with Walter Matthau, Stephanie Zimbalist, Nick Stahl, Lori Hallier, David Nerman, and Eve Crawford; and Renegade starring Lorenzo Lamas, Branscombe Richmond, and Kathleen Kinmont.


Morgan appeared in The Jeff Foxworthy Show starring Jeff Foxworthy, Haley Joel Osment, Anita Barone, Ann Cusack, and G.W. Bailey; he did voice work on The Simpsons with Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Julie Kavner.


Harry appeared in Grace Under Fire starring Brett Butler, Casey Sander, Kaitlin Cullum, Peggy Rea, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Nancy Lenehan, and Julie White; and Morgan appeared as Professor Suter on several episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun co-starring John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, French Stewart, and Kristen Johnston.


Morgan starred in another episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun; and he starred in the film Family Plan with Leslie Nielsen, Judge Reinhold, Emily Procter, Trevor Morgan, Eddie Bowz, and Zachary Browne.

1999 was Henry Morgan's last active year of acting.  He appeared in Love & Money starring Brian Doyle-Murray, John Livingston, Judy Greer,
David Ogden Stiers, Swoosie Kurtz, Paget Brewster, Brian Van Holt, and Derek Basco.  His last acting appearance was in the short film Crosswalk starring Jonathan Scarfe, Joe Stevens, Leslie Martin, Mary Dixie Carter, Lisa Marie Newmyer, Randy Stripling, Bill Johnson, and Shepherd Bailey.

Harry Morgan in his later years

Ironically, when this article was in the middle of being researched and written, sadly on December 7th, Harry Morgan passed away at the age of 96 after battling pneumonia.  At the time just before his death, Harry was one of Hollywood's oldest living male actors.  He will be sorely missed.  

Harry Morgan 1915 - 2011

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding actor.I enjoyed every show I ever saw him in.