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

Originally posted 12/08/2011 10:30AM

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.

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Harry Morgan, Star of M*A*S*H and Dragnet, Dies at 96

UpdatePosted 12/07/2011 02:30PM

Harry Morgan Dies at 96

Originally posted 12/07/2011 02:30PM

Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter on TV's M*A*S*H and Jack Webb's detective partner in Dragnet, died Wednesday at age 96.

The actor died in his home in Los Angeles after suffering from pneumonia, his daughter-in-law Beth Morgan tells the Associated Press.

"He was side-splittingly funny, a very gentle and loving father-in-law," Beth Morgan said. "He was very humble about having such a successful career."

The Detroit-born Morgan became interested in acting while taking public speaking courses at the University of Chicago. Local theater stints led to a Broadway production of Golden Boy with Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb.

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