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Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H, Dies at 96
NY Times ^ | 12/07/11 | Michael Pollack

Posted on 12/07/2011 9:18:42 AM PST by Borges

Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. His son Charles confirmed his death.

In more than 100 movies, Mr. Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs.

On television, he played Officer Bill Gannon with a phlegmatic but light touch to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. He starred as Pete Porter, a harried husband, in the situation comedy “Pete and Gladys” (1960-62), reprising a role he had played on “December Bride” (1954-59). He was also a regular on “The Richard Boone Show” (1963-64), “Kentucky Jones” (1964-65), “The D.A.” (1971-72), “Hec Ramsey” (1972-74) and “Blacke’s Magic” (1986).But to many fans he was first and foremost Col. Sherman T. Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in Korea. With a wry smile, flat voice and sharp humor, Mr. Morgan played Colonel Potter from 1975 to 1983, when “M*A*S*H” went off the air. He replaced McLean Stevenson, who had quit the series, moving into the role on the strength of his performance as a crazed major general in an early episode.

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1 posted on 12/07/2011 9:18:47 AM PST by Borges
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2 posted on 12/07/2011 9:19:54 AM PST by Borges
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To: dragnet2

Dragnet Ping.


3 posted on 12/07/2011 9:21:44 AM PST by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: Borges

RIP Harry...you will be missed.


4 posted on 12/07/2011 9:22:10 AM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising.....Donate to Free Republic....... It's the right thing to do.)
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To: Borges

Played the judge in “Inherit the Wind” and Pete in “Pete and Gladys.” (You remember that. Cmon. You must remember that!)

RIP and thank you for some great entertainment.


5 posted on 12/07/2011 9:22:20 AM PST by Lady Lucky ( Merry Christmas to all)
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To: Borges

RIP


6 posted on 12/07/2011 9:22:32 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Borges

Rest in peace! I had no idea the old trouper was still alive. 96!


7 posted on 12/07/2011 9:22:38 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm surrounded by sullen mammals.)
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To: Borges

R.I.P.


8 posted on 12/07/2011 9:22:56 AM PST by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: Borges

Wow. 96 years. What a nice run. Morgan was so talented and generally a kick in the side on screen.

May he Rest in the Peace of Christ.


9 posted on 12/07/2011 9:23:31 AM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: Borges

RIP Mr. Morgan. You will be missed.


10 posted on 12/07/2011 9:23:31 AM PST by Weaponier (FREE TEXAS!)
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To: Borges

How sad. I remember him for so many roles he played throughout the years. My personal favorite was as Jack Webb’s partner on Dragnet. He will be missed. So glad he lived such a long life. Hey Harry, your partner is waiting for you at the Pearly Gates. God Bless You.


11 posted on 12/07/2011 9:24:12 AM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: Borges

He was a great foil to James Garner in “Support Your Local Sheriff”. RIP Mr. Morgan.


12 posted on 12/07/2011 9:24:25 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: All

RIP Harry - one of the best character actors.


13 posted on 12/07/2011 9:24:36 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: Borges

Harry Morgan was great. May he RIP. However, he looks too much like Henry Waxman in this photo . . . ick!


14 posted on 12/07/2011 9:24:36 AM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Borges

“Horse feathers!”

RIP


15 posted on 12/07/2011 9:25:51 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Borges

I’m very sorry to hear this. I always liked him.


16 posted on 12/07/2011 9:26:00 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Borges

One of my favorite Harry Morgan parts was from Support Your Local Sheriff. He played the counterpart to James Garner’s smooth talking hustler perfectly.


17 posted on 12/07/2011 9:26:00 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Borges

18 posted on 12/07/2011 9:26:11 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Borges

Great actor, quite a career.
RIP


19 posted on 12/07/2011 9:26:57 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Borges

One of my favorite TV actors of all time.

RIP, Sgt. Bill Gannon, and godspeed.


20 posted on 12/07/2011 9:27:40 AM PST by mojito
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To: Borges

Thanks for the memories, Sherm!


21 posted on 12/07/2011 9:28:43 AM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: stylecouncilor; windcliff

¨The Oxbow Incident¨ ping.

RIP


22 posted on 12/07/2011 9:28:56 AM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: onedoug

The Ox Bow Incident was a highly controversial film to make during World War 2.


23 posted on 12/07/2011 9:30:59 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

R.I.P.

I recently watched “The Shootist.” Good movie.


24 posted on 12/07/2011 9:31:02 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Borges

RIP Harry...as an actor I always liked you.


25 posted on 12/07/2011 9:31:31 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: Bobalu

That is how I remember him best.


26 posted on 12/07/2011 9:31:36 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Lady Lucky

And Seargent Friday’s sidekick.


27 posted on 12/07/2011 9:33:07 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Borges

Odd. My wife and I were just watching some MASH reruns over the weekend and commenting about the reunion shows.


28 posted on 12/07/2011 9:33:10 AM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: Borges
RIP, he was one of the great ones.
29 posted on 12/07/2011 9:33:25 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Borges

30 posted on 12/07/2011 9:34:00 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I agree, he was great in that movie.


31 posted on 12/07/2011 9:35:51 AM PST by KamperKen
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To: Borges

Rest in Peace.

He was a good actor and was several great shows.


32 posted on 12/07/2011 9:36:14 AM PST by moviefan8
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To: Bobalu

They are showing old school Dragnet episodes on Antenna TV OTA channel we get here in SO CAL on Channel 5.2


33 posted on 12/07/2011 9:36:24 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Bobalu

They are showing old school Dragnet episodes on Antenna TV OTA channel we get here in SO CAL on Channel 5.2


34 posted on 12/07/2011 9:36:42 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Bobalu

They are showing old school Dragnet episodes on Antenna TV OTA channel we get here in SO CAL on Channel 5.2


35 posted on 12/07/2011 9:36:52 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Borges

Wow. I saw this thread and said to a co-worker:

“Wow. Harry Morgan just died.” She was like - “Who??”

“You know - Colonel Pottter from MASH”

Still didn’t register with her. But then again - she’s only 30.

Anyway... RIP to Harry Morgan.


36 posted on 12/07/2011 9:37:45 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Borges

He played Glenn Miller’s piano player in the Glenn Miller story. And some ten years before, he was in Orchestra Wives with the real Glenn Miller.


37 posted on 12/07/2011 9:37:45 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: McGruff

We have the entire M*A*S*H series on DVD, and have been re-watching some of them in the last week or so, too.


38 posted on 12/07/2011 9:38:14 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: raccoonradio

Death pool ping.

He must have been a perrenial.

RIP


39 posted on 12/07/2011 9:38:56 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Borges

He went from Jack Webb to Alan Alda...you gotta have talent to do that


40 posted on 12/07/2011 9:41:12 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: Borges

He was also in the version of Dragnet with Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. He can convincingly play a serious and a humorous part.


41 posted on 12/07/2011 9:42:42 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: skaterboy

...or a cast iron stomach...


42 posted on 12/07/2011 9:42:49 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Enjoyed his work, saw him at the LA Auto show about 25 years back. Just a regular apparently on his own checking out Caddies. RIP


43 posted on 12/07/2011 9:42:51 AM PST by DAC21
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To: SevenofNine

All the old Dragnet episodes are on youtube... you can download the 480p .flv episodes using the Firefox Downloadhelper add-on.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dragnet%2C+long

Play the files using VLC, or convert to any other codec using AviDemux. All the software is free.


44 posted on 12/07/2011 9:43:26 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: GonzoGOP
One of my favorite Harry Morgan parts was from Support Your Local Sheriff.

Ditto that. One of my favorite lines from Morgan in this movie (explaining his daughter's erratic behavior), "Pooberty hit her real hard."

45 posted on 12/07/2011 9:43:38 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: Borges
Saw him recently as Rocky in the 1949 movie Red Light. Rocky agrees to murder the WW2 veteran priest brother of Johnny Tourno, the former employer of imprisoned embezzler Nick Cherney (Raymond Burr).
46 posted on 12/07/2011 9:45:04 AM PST by jimfree (In Nov 2012 Herman Cain will have more relevant and quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: cotton1706

He was a B-36 crewman in the Jimmy Stewart movie “Strategic Air Command”. Good old movie from a time when all of believed we were the good guys.


47 posted on 12/07/2011 9:46:30 AM PST by LifePath
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To: Borges

Every New Year’s Eve, I post one of my favorite quotes from Col. Potter...

“Here’s to the new year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one was.”- from the ‘M*A*S*H’ episode ‘A Year In The Life’

This year, that quote will be just a bit more melancholy.

“Ten-HUT!”
“Pre-sent ARMS!”

To Harry Morgan, forever to my world as Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Rest in Peace.


49 posted on 12/07/2011 9:47:15 AM PST by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: Borges

rip Mr Morgan


50 posted on 12/07/2011 9:48:25 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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