M*A*S*H Was One of Many Enduring Roles for Late Harry Morgan

12/08/2011 at 10:30 AM EST



Harry Morgan might have been best known as Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H, but that role was one of hundreds the Emmy-winning actor played in a career that spanned more than 60 years.

Morgan, who died Wednesday at 96, also had a starring role as officer Bill Gannon on NBC's remake of Dragnet in the late '60s. In the years between Dragnet and M*A*S*H, he played a doctor on the NBC Western Hec Ramsey.

But Morgan was best loved for his comedic side, perhaps best captured, aside from M*A*S*H, in his role as Pete Porter in two CBS sitcoms in the '50s and early '60s – December Bride and its spin-off, Pete and Gladys.





He also appeared in more than 100 films, mostly in dramatic roles as a character actor, alongside such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley.

Morgan performed on Broadway, as well, including a role in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy.

But he always knew that M*A*S*H would be his most enduring role, because the show was so popular.

Shortly before the final episode aired in 1983 – which 77 percent of television viewers tuned in to watch – he told the Los Angeles Times: "There'll never be another M*A*S*H. There's nothing in the way of doing your best work on this set, absolutely nothing."

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