Harry Morgan "Colonel Potter" Dead at 96

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  1. Njaco

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    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/12/harry-morgan-col-potter-on-mash-dies/

    Dec 7, 2011 1:57pm

    Harry Morgan, Col. Potter on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies

    Harry Morgan has died, and if his name didn’t register at first when you saw the headline, try thinking instead of Col. Potter on “M*A*S*H.” Or Detective Gannon on “Dragnet.” Or the judge in “Inherit the Wind.” Or any of a hundred other roles he inhabited in a long career. He was 96, and he died at home in Los Angeles.

    He made his first film appearance in 1942 (“To the Shores of Tripoli”) and was still working in 1999. He appeared in “High Noon,” “You Can’t Take It With You” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.” In his early career he mostly did Westerns, in supporting roles to such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

    But in his time, he was perhaps the best-known commanding officer in America, as Col. Sherman T. Potter of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in the Korean War. He played the role on “M*A*S*H” from 1975 to 1983, trying to keep the likes of Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) and Hot Lips Houlihan (Loretta Swit) in line. He played Col. Potter with a dry wit, a firm but kindly man in charge.

    He was not the first choice to command the fictional hospital. The show, based on a book and film, first went on the air in 1972 with McLean Stevenson as Lt. Col. Blake. Morgan appeared as an eccentric general in an episode in 1974, and was nominated for an Emmy for it. The next season he replaced Stevenson, won an Emmy in 1980, and stayed through the finale in 1983 — one of the most-watched entertainment episodes in American television history.

    “‘M*A*S*H’ was so damned good,” Morgan later said in an interview with the AP. “I didn’t think they could keep the level so high.”

    He leaves behind three sons, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Turn on your TV tonight, surf the channels, and you’re more likely than not to see him.
     
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    I always liked him
     
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    He will be missed. I use to love to watch M*A*S*H. There was always a laugh but there could be a tear at times also. Great show and a great actor.:salute:
     
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    He was not only a good actor but a good guy. Rest well.
     
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    What a loss! He was absolutely brilliant. He could deliver humour and pathos with equal believability. Remember when he shot the jeep to put it out of its misery? He'll be missed. Time to break out my MASH DVDs so I can laugh and cry with him and at him again!

    Farewell Sherm!
     
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    I watched M*A*S*H a lot as a kid, but my favorite memory of him will always be from "Support Your Local Sheriff" and "Support Your Local Gunslinger".
     
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    Loved him in so many great rolls. One of my favorites was the cigar chomping sheriff in "The Flim Flam Man". Rest in Peace.

    p.s. Love the siggy Chris.
     
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    Real sad to hear this, always loved watching him in MASH amongst other great shows he appeared in.

    RIP :salute:
     
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    Sad to hear :(

    :salute:
     
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    96 is a good innings by anyone's standards.
    I enjoyed MASH and the bitter sweet humour.
    In his films he lives forever and that is a good legacy.
    John
     
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    Sorry to hear that. :(

    R.I.P :salute:
     
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    96 is a good long life. Loved his roles is "The Glenn Miller Story", "The Shootist", "Support your local gunfighter", and of course, "MASH"
     
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    Wow! Totally forgot about the "The Flim-Flam Man"!
     
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    First movie I remember him in was "Wing and a Prayer" (1944) as TBF pilot Ens. Malcolm Brainard.

    TO
     
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    Sad news about his passing, he was a great actor (matter of fact, look at his long list of parts at IMDb or Wiki) and he will be missed

    Rest well, "Col. Potter" 81157d1232310183-smilies-icon_salute_proper.gif
     
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    Rest in peace. Never liked his MASH character much. And other than that... ??
     
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    Rest in Peace.
     
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