Harry Morgan

Biography

Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) is an American actor. Morgan is perhaps best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on MAS*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.

MAS*H (1975–1983)

Morgan's first appearance on MAS*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 MAS*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 MAS*H. After the end of the series, Morgan reprised the Potter role in a short-lived spinoff series, AfterMASH.

Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) is an American actor. Morgan is perhaps best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on MAS*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.

MAS*H (1975–1983)

Morgan's first appearance on MAS*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 MAS*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 MAS*H. After the end of the series, Morgan reprised the Potter role in a short-lived spinoff series, AfterMASH.

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Known Credits 122

Birthday 1915-04-10

Day of Death 2011-12-07

Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 Greenboy: Prescription for Death as Bill Gannon (archive footage)
1999 Love & Money(1 episode)
1995 The Jeff Foxworthy Show(1 episode)
1994 Incident in a Small Town as Judge Bell
1993 Grace Under Fire(1 episode)
1992 Renegade(1 episode)
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1987 Dragnet as Captain Gannon
1986 Blacke's Magic(13 episodes) as Leonard Blacke
1985 The Twilight Zone(2 episodes)
1984 Murder, She Wrote(1 episode)
1983 AfterMASH(31 episodes)
1983 MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen as Colonel Sherman Potter
1982 The Flight of Dragons as Carolinus
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again as Maj. T.P. Gaskill
1979 You Can't Take it With You as Mr. DePinna
1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited as Robert T. Malone
1979 Roots: The Next Generations(8 episodes)
1979 Backstairs at the White House as President Harry S. Truman
1979 Backstairs at the White House(4 episodes)
1978 The Cat from Outer Space as Gen. Stilton
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid as Hugo Peavey
1978 The Bastard as Capt. Caleb
1978 Maneaters Are Loose! as Toby Waites
1977 The Love Boat(4 episodes)
1977 Exo-Man
1976 The Shootist as Marshall Thibido
1975 Bronk(1 episode)
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang as Sheriff McCoy
1973 Charley and the Angel as The Angel formerly Roy Zerney
1972 M*A*S*H(1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H(204 episodes) as Sherman T. Potter
1972 Hec Ramsey(10 episodes) as Doc Amos Coogan
1972 Snowball Express as Jesse McCord
1971 The D.A.(15 episodes) as H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
1971 Scandalous John as Sheriff Pippin
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter as Taylor
1971 The Barefoot Executive as E.J. Crampton
1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz as Dr. Horace Bowers
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1969 Viva Max! as Chief of Police Sylvester
1969 Love, American Style(1 episode)
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff as Olly Perkins
1967 The Flim-Flam Man as Sheriff Slade
1967 Dragnet(100 episodes)
1966 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? as Major Pott
1966 Frankie and Johnny as Cully
1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army(1 episode)
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
1964 Kentucky Jones(26 episodes) as Seldom Jackson
1963 The Richard Boone Show(15 episodes)
1962 How the West Was Won as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
1962 The Civil War as Ulysses S. Grant
1962 Going My Way(1 episode)
1962 The Virginian(1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare(3 episodes)
1960 Cimarron as Jessie Rickey
1960 Here's Hollywood(1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys(72 episodes)
1960 Inherit the Wind as Judge Mel
1960 The Mountain Road as Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson
1959 It Started With A Kiss as Charles Meriden
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel(2 episodes)
1956 Star in the Dust as Lew Hogan
1956 Backlash as Tony Welker
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(4 episodes)
1955 Strategic Air Command as Sgt. Bible
1955 Not as a Stranger as Oley
1954 December Bride(157 episodes)
1954 About Mrs. Leslie as Fred Blue
1954 The Forty-Niners as Alf Billings
1954 The Far Country as Ketchum
1954 The Glenn Miller Story as Chummy MacGregor
1953 Arena as Lew Hutchins
1953 Thunder Bay as Rawlings
1952 Stop, You're Killing Me as Innocence
1952 Toughest Man in Arizona as Verne Kimber (as Henry Morgan)
1952 Cavalcade of America(1 episode)
1952 Apache War Smoke as Ed Cotten
1952 High Noon as Sam Fuller
1952 My Six Convicts as Dawson
1952 Bend of the River as Shorty
1952 Scandal Sheet as Biddle (as Henry Morgan)
1952 Boots Malone as Quarter Horse Henry
1951 The Blue Veil as Charles Hall
1951 The Amazing Mr. Malone(1 episode)
1951 The Well as Claude Packard (as Henry Morgan)
1951 Appointment with Danger as George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan)
1951 Belle Le Grand as Abel Stone
1950 Dark City as Soldier (as Henry Morgan)
1950 The Showdown as Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)
1950 Outside the Wall as Garth (as Henry Morgan)
1949 Holiday Affair as Police Lieutenant
1949 Strange Bargain as Lt. Richard Webb
1949 Red Light as Rocky (as Henry Morgan)
1949 Madame Bovary as Hyppolite
1949 Down to the Sea in Ships as Britton (as Henry Morgan)
1949 Hello Out There as The Young Gambler
1948 Yellow Sky as Half Pint
1948 Moonrise as Billy Scripture
1948 The Saxon Charm as Hermy
1948 Race Street as Hal Towers (as Henry Morgan)
1948 All My Sons as Frank Lubey
1948 The Big Clock as Bill Womack
1947 The Gangster as Shorty
1946 It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog as Gus Rivers (as Henry Morgan)
1946 Somewhere in the Night as Bath Attendant (uncredited)
1946 Dragonwyck as Klaus Bleecker (as Henry Morgan)
1946 From This Day Forward as Hank Beesley
1945 State Fair as Barker
1944 Gentle Annie as Cottonwood Goss
1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster as Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan)
1944 The Eve of St. Mark as Pvt. Shevlin
1944 The Eve of St. Mark as Cpl. Tate
1944 Wing and a Prayer as Ens. Malcolm Brainard
1943 Happy Land as Anton 'Tony' Cavrek
1943 Crash Dive as Brownie
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident as Art Croft
1942 To the Shores of Tripoli as Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
1942 The Omaha Trail as Henchman Nat
1900 You Can't Take It With You(0 episodes)

Directing

1972 M*A*S*H(9 episodes) … Director
1972 Hec Ramsey(2 episodes) … Director
1968 Adam-12(1 episode) … Director
1963 The Richard Boone Show(2 episodes) … Director

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