12/08/2011 at 10:00 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
, 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."