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Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) is an American actor. Morgan is perhaps best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H (1975-83), Pete Porter on both Pete and Gladys (1960-62) and December Bride (1954-1959), Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967-70), and Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972-74). He has appeared in more than 100 films. Early life and career Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan of Norwegian heritage. He was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion. He originally aspired to a law degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935. Morgan began acting on stage under his birth name, joining the Group Theatre in New York City in 1937, and appearing in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy, followed by a host of successful Broadway roles alongside such other Group members as Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, Sanford Meisner, and Karl Malden. Screen debut Morgan made his screen debut (originally using the name "Henry Morgan") in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. His screen name later would become "Henry 'Harry' Morgan" and eventually Harry Morgan, to avoid confusion with the then-popular humorist of the same name. Harry Morgan can be seen as a very young man in the 1941 movie "Sun Valley Serenade". He is seen pushing his way to the front of the crowd in the ballroom to hear Glenn Miller's band play "At Last". Screen career Morgan continued to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Wing and a Prayer (1944), Dragonwyck (1946), The Big Clock (1948), High Noon (1952), and several films in the 1950s for director Anthony Mann, including Bend of the River (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Thunder Bay (film) (1953), The Far Country (1955) and Strategic Air Command (1955); in his later film career he starred in Inherit the Wind (1960), How the West Was Won (1962), John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965), Frankie and Johnny (1966), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter! (1971), Snowball Express (1972), The Shootist (1976), The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), and a cameo in the film version of Dragnet (1987). Besides all of the Anthony Mann films, Morgan was in a number of movies with James Stewart, including The Mountain Road (1960), How the West Was Won, The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Shootist (1976), also with John Wayne, with whom he also shared scenes in How the West Was Won. 1950s TV roles Morgan hosted the NBC radio series Mystery in the Air starring Peter Lorre in 1947. On CBS, he played Pete Porter in Pete and Gladys (1960–62), with Cara Williams as wife Gladys. Pete and Gladys was a spinoff of December Bride (1954-1959), starring Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, and Verna Felton. When Miller and Rafferty died within three months of each other in 2004, Morgan became the last surviving member of the December Bride cast. 1960s: Dragnet and other roles In the 1964–1965 season, Morgan co-starred as Seldom Jackson in the 26-week NBC comedy/drama Kentucky Jones, starring Dennis Weaver. Morgan is even more widely recognized as Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet (1967–70). Morgan had also appeared with Dragnet star Jack Webb in two film noir movies, Dark City (1950) and Appointment with Danger (1951), and was an early regular member of Jack Webb's stock company of actors on the original Dragnet radio show. Morgan later worked on two other shows for Webb, 1971's The D.A. and the 1972–74 western Hec Ramsey. Morgan also appeared in at least one episode of Gunsmoke. M*A*S*H (1975–1983) Morgan's first appearance on M*A*S*H was in the show's third season (1974-75), when he played spaced-out Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele ("That's three e's, not all in a row!") in "The General Flipped at Dawn", which originally aired on September 10, 1974. Steele is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action. Morgan's memorable Emmy-nominated performance impressed the producers of the show. The following season, Morgan joined the cast of M*A*S*H as Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. Col. Potter was a career army officer who was tough, yet good-humored and caring--a father figure to the people under his command. The picture of Col. Potter's wife, on the right side of his desk, is actually that of Mrs. Harry Morgan. He asked if he could use the picture of his wife, and the producers had no objections. In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H. After the end of the series, Morgan reprised the Potter role in a short-lived spinoff series, AfterMASH.



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Born:
Apr 10, 1915 In Detroit, Michigan USA
Movie/TV Credits:
127
First Appeared:
In the movie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe 1942-08-28
Latest Project:
Series You Can't Take It With You 2017
Known For
Poster of The Simpsons
Poster of Dragnet
Poster of Kentucky Jones
Poster of Here's Hollywood
Filmography

You Can't Take It With You (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Greenboy: Prescription for Death (2013)

Comedy
Movie
as Bill Gannon (archive footage)

Love & Money (1999)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1995)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Incident in a Small Town (1994)

Drama
Movie
as Judge Bell

Grace Under Fire (1993)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.2 9 votes

Renegade (1992)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.5 12 votes

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.1 902 votes

Dragnet (1987)

Action Comedy Crime
Movie
as Captain Gannon
5.8 125 votes

Blacke's Magic (1986)

Crime Drama
Series
as Leonard Blacke

The Twilight Zone (1985)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.4 40 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.2 36 votes

AfterMASH (1983)

Comedy
Series
3 1 votes

MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (1983)

Movie
as Colonel Sherman Potter

The Flight of Dragons (1982)

Animation Fantasy Family
Movie
as Carolinus
6.8 16 votes

More Wild Wild West (1980)

TV Movie Western
Movie
as Robert T. 'Skinny' Malone
6 1 votes

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

Drama War & Politics
Series

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)

Comedy Family Western
Movie
as Maj. T.P. Gaskill
6.5 14 votes

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

TV Movie History Drama
Movie
as President Harry S. Truman
0.5 1 votes

Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

Drama
Series

You Can't Take it With You (1979)

Comedy
Movie
as Mr. DePinna

The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979)

TV Movie Western
Movie
as Robert T. Malone
5.4 4 votes

Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978)

Drama TV Movie Comedy Crime
Movie

Maneaters Are Loose! (1978)

Action Drama Horror Thriller
Movie
as Toby Waites

Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978)

Comedy TV Movie Western
Movie
as Hugo Peavey
5 1 votes

The Bastard (1978)

History Drama
Movie
as Capt. Caleb

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

Comedy Family Science Fiction
Movie
as Gen. Stilton
5.7 22 votes

Exo-Man (1977)

Action Science Fiction TV Movie Drama
Movie

The Love Boat (1977)

Drama Comedy Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.7 28 votes

The Shootist (1976)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Marshall Walter Thibido
7.3 72 votes

The Last Day (1975)

TV Movie Western
Movie
as Narrator
6.5 2 votes

Bronk (1975)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Homer McCoy
6.8 26 votes

Charley and the Angel (1973)

Family Fantasy Comedy
Movie
as The Angel formerly Roy Zerney

Snowball Express (1972)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Jesse McCord
6.3 8 votes

Hec Ramsey (1972)

Western
Series
as Doc Amos Coogan

M*A*S*H (1972)

War & Politics Drama Comedy
Series
as Sherman T. Potter
7.8 139 votes

The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971)

Comedy
Movie
as Dr. Horace Bowers
6.0 1 votes

The Barefoot Executive (1971)

Comedy Family
Movie
as E.J. Crampton
5.5 9 votes

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Taylor
6.6 19 votes

The D.A. (1971)

Drama
Series
as H.M. 'Staff' Stafford

Scandalous John (1971)

Western Comedy Drama Family
Movie
as Sheriff Pippin

Night Gallery (1970)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 15 votes

Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Olly Perkins
6.8 36 votes

Viva Max! (1969)

Comedy
Movie
as Chief of Police Sylvester

Love, American Style (1969)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.2 5 votes

Dragnet (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series

The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

Comedy
Movie
as Sheriff Slade
6.6 8 votes

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

Comedy War
Movie
as Major Pott
5 11 votes

Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Comedy Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Cully
5.4 8 votes

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

Comedy
Movie
as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo

The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Kentucky Jones (1964)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Seldom Jackson
6 1 votes

The Richard Boone Show (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Going My Way (1962)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

How the West Was Won (1962)

Western Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
6.4 69 votes

The Civil War (1962)

Movie
as Ulysses S. Grant
10 2 votes

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Inherit the Wind (1960)

Drama History
Movie
as Judge Mel
7.5 80 votes

Pete and Gladys (1960)

Comedy
Series
8 1 votes

The Mountain Road (1960)

Drama War
Movie
as Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson
7 1 votes

Cimarron (1960)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Jessie Rickey
5.2 13 votes

Here's Hollywood (1960)

Talk
Series
as Unknown

It Started With A Kiss (1959)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Charles Meriden

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 12 votes

Backlash (1956)

Western Romance Mystery
Movie
as Tony Welker
6.5 10 votes

Star in the Dust (1956)

Western
Movie
as Lew Hogan
3.4 4 votes

Not as a Stranger (1955)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Oley
7.2 6 votes

The Far Country (1955)

Drama Romance Western
Movie
as Ketchum
6.6 22 votes

Strategic Air Command (1955)

Action Drama
Movie
as Sgt. Bible
5.8 7 votes

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 44 votes

The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

History Drama Music
Movie
as Chummy MacGregor
6.4 27 votes

The Forty-Niners (1954)

Western
Movie
as Alf Billings
3.5 2 votes

December Bride (1954)

Comedy
Series
7 1 votes

About Mrs. Leslie (1954)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Fred Blue
7 1 votes

Arena (1953)

Western Drama
Movie
as Lew Hutchins
5 2 votes

Thunder Bay (1953)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Rawlings
6 6 votes

Torch Song (1953)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Joe Denner
5.4 7 votes

Bend of the River (1952)

Adventure Western Action
Movie
as Shorty
6.7 26 votes

Scandal Sheet (1952)

Thriller
Movie
as Biddle (as Henry Morgan)
6.5 5 votes

Boots Malone (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Quarter Horse Henry
7.3 2 votes

My Six Convicts (1952)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Dawson

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Stop, You're Killing Me (1952)

Comedy
Movie
as Innocence

Toughest Man in Arizona (1952)

Western
Movie
as Verne Kimber (as Henry Morgan)

High Noon (1952)

Western
Movie
as Sam Fuller
7.5 286 votes

Apache War Smoke (1952)

Western
Movie
as Ed Cotten

Appointment with Danger (1951)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan)
5 7 votes

The Well (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Claude Packard (as Henry Morgan)
7.3 5 votes

Belle Le Grand (1951)

Western
Movie
as Abel Stone

The Amazing Mr. Malone (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Blue Veil (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Charles Hall
6.5 2 votes

Outside the Wall (1950)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Garth (as Henry Morgan)

The Showdown (1950)

Mystery Western
Movie
as Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)

Dark City (1950)

Romance Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Soldier (as Henry Morgan)
5.9 6 votes

Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)

Drama
Movie
as Britton (as Henry Morgan)
7.8 4 votes

Hello Out There (1949)

Movie
as The Young Gambler

Madame Bovary (1949)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Hyppolite
6.3 7 votes

Strange Bargain (1949)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Lt. Richard Webb
3.5 3 votes

Holiday Affair (1949)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Police Lieutenant
6.7 15 votes

Red Light (1949)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Rocky (as Henry Morgan)
5.4 5 votes

All My Sons (1948)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Frank Lubey
5 4 votes

Race Street (1948)

Crime
Movie
as Hal Towers (as Henry Morgan)
5 2 votes

The Big Clock (1948)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Bill Womack
6.5 30 votes

The Saxon Charm (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Hermy

Yellow Sky (1948)

Crime Western
Movie
as Half Pint
6.7 21 votes

Moonrise (1948)

Drama
Movie
as Billy Scripture
4.8 9 votes

The Gangster (1947)

Crime
Movie
as Shorty
3.3 4 votes

From This Day Forward (1946)

Drama Romance War
Movie
as Hank Beesley
5.5 4 votes

Dragonwyck (1946)

Drama Mystery Romance Thriller
Movie
as Klaus Bleecker (as Henry Morgan)
6.5 14 votes

Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Drama Thriller Crime Mystery
Movie
as Bath Attendant (uncredited)
5.9 12 votes

It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog (1946)

Comedy Action
Movie
as Gus Rivers (as Henry Morgan)
6 1 votes

State Fair (1945)

Music Romance
Movie
as Barker
6.2 19 votes

Wing and a Prayer (1944)

War Action Drama
Movie
as Ens. Malcolm Brainard
6.5 2 votes

The Eve of St. Mark (1944)

War Drama
Movie
as Cpl. Tate
7 1 votes

Gentle Annie (1944)

Western Romance
Movie
as Cottonwood Goss

Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan)

Crash Dive (1943)

War Romance Drama
Movie
as Brownie
5.6 5 votes

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Action Drama Western
Movie
as Art Croft
7.8 62 votes

Happy Land (1943)

Drama Romance War
Movie
as Anton 'Tony' Cavrek
6.5 1 votes

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan)
5 2 votes

The Omaha Trail (1942)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Nat

Orchestra Wives (1942)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
5.1 4 votes

To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)

Drama War
Movie
as Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
7 1 votes