Â, Morgan died peacefully in his sleep at 3:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, California, on December 7, 2011, at the age of 96. Morgan was also one of the oldest living Hollywood male actors. Morgan was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion. [In 1975] For some reason, I'm confused with. I've never been more comfortable in a part than with Colonel Potter. He began acting on stage under his birth name, joining the Group Theatre in New York City formed by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg in 1937. Survived by his wife, Barbara, of nearly 25 years, his 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Morgan thought that Potter was his favorite character and M*A*S*H his favorite show. Attended the funeral of best friend and actor. Grandfather of Spencer Morgan (son of Charles and Charlotte Morgan) of Los Angeles, California. [In 1986] The only ones in town who were moving office equipment in the teeth of the Depression were the people selling filing cabinets to the Social Security Administration. (1971), opposite Robert Conrad and Hec Ramsey (1972), opposite Richard Boone. But he was,â Farrell said. Was regarded as one of the busiest actors on television, who had continuing roles in at least 10 series, which, combined with his guest appearances, amounted to hundreds of episodes. Morgan also did summer stock at the Pine Brook Country Club located in the countryside of Nichols, Connecticut. Started using Harry rather than Henry when comedian, Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as Officer Bill Gannon on. Attended University of Chicago with a major of pre-law, but a lack of finances dropped him out. Morgan also appeared in more than 100 films. If not for the one naming of MASH in the context of quoting Harry Morgan, I would never have guessed these lovely words of tribute and caring dealt with a movie and TV celebrity instead of simply a dear friend. He appeared 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. [In 1977] It might be good for a holiday show, but I don't imagine it will be a real ratings-getter. Harry Morgan died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles, and most of the obituaries about his legacy mentioned his work on "M*A*S*H," "Dragnet" and "Inherit the Wind." [Who vehemently responded in 1996 of his arrest]: I didn't batter my wife! [2 July 1996]. Television guest shot fees are going down. Also known for his commanding personality throughout his career, he tackled movies and television in a way no other actor would do it.Born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan, to parents Henry Bratsberg, who immigrated from Norway, who was a mechanic, and Anna Olsen, a housewife who immigrated from Sweden. Had four sons by his first wife: Charles and Paul are both attorneys. Born Harry Bratsberg, he was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and was a champion debater in high school. Appeared as a regular on eleven TV series with no more than one TV season between them: Appeared in three films nominated for Best Picture Academy Award: I didn't have enough money to go back east, so I stayed around, finding jobs mainly out of friendships. Dragnet was canceled in 1970, after a 4-season run, due to Morgan's best friend and co-star (Jack Webb) leaving the show to continue producing other shows, such as: Adam-12 (1968) and Emergency! (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).On television, he is fondly remembered as Spring Byington's jokingly, henpecked neighbor, "Pete Porter" on December Bride (1954), where he became the show's scene-stealer. In an episode of M*A*S*H, the writers … Morgan was most widely known for his functions in … | I could never afford to go back to New York and the theater, what with a big family. He responded by saying, 'I donât know about that, but it made me a better human being.' Bashful Henry did not demur. Upon his death he was cremated, his ashes are in possession of family. Was supposed to reprise his role as Off. Hy Averback. Of Norwegian descent, his grandparents were immigrants from Scandinavia. Harry Morgan was created in Detroit, Michigan in April 1915 and passed on in December 2011. Between 1959 and 1983, he received 11 Emmy nominations. Towards the end of his acting career, as he reached 80, he had a recurring role as the older college professor on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), opposite John Lithgow. Bill Gannon" role, supplying his voice on The Simpsons (1989). OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 1975. Was charged with abusing his wife a year earlier, after a beating left her with injuries to her eye, foot, and arm. Then, he guest-starred in several shows such as: The Twilight Zone (1985), Renegade (1992), The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1995), for the third time, he also reprised his "Off. Keeping busy is the problem. Upon his return to Muskegon, Michigan, his mother, Anna Olsen, passed away in 1942. Many sources, however, including some family records, list the spelling as "Bratsburg." Harry Morgan, best known to TV audiences for playing the gruff, lovable Col. Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H, died Dec. 7. For the second time, like December Bride (1954) before this, it was an immediate hit, where it tackled a lot of topics. [in 1985, about something he once told President, [on how he got along with the other actors on, [in 1983, about his wife Eileen Dutchon and his. Morgan’s stint (1975–83) on M*A*S*H as the irascible Colonel Potter, for which he won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in 1980, was his defining role. Harry Morgan MASH - P 2011. Alan Alda. In High Noon, Harry played Sam Fuller, a cowardly man who doesn’t want to help the hero Will Kane find the outlaw gang.. Harry also starred in State Fair at the beginning of this career. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital 4077 was fictional, but the wisecracking main character Hawkeye Pierce was based on a real person: H. Richard Hornberger. I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. Hunnicutt opposite Morgan in M*A*S*H, released a statement: "He was a wonderful man, a fabulous actor and a dear and close friend since the first day we worked together. Harry Morgan “attended the University of Chicago but left in the 1930s to sell office equipment in Washington, D.C.,” according to his obituary in the LA Times…Harry Morgan was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in every year of his run on MASH, from 1975-83.He was also Emmy-nominated in 1974 for a guest appearance he made on MASH as crazy General Bartford Steele, … Despite M*A*S*H's finale in 1983, Morgan went on to star in a short-lived spin-off series AfterMASH (1983), co-starring Jamie Farr and William Christopher, from the original M*A*S*H (1972) series, without series' star Alan Alda.He also co-starred in 2 more short-lived series, as he was over 70, beginning with Blacke's Magic (1986) with Hal Linden and his final role with You Can't Take It with You (1987). Harry Morgan's links to M*A*S*H began with a one-time appearance as Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele, who visits the 4077th in the Season 3 episode "The General Flipped at Dawn." Knowing that this would leave his mother in a bind, struggling to tend to the family farm alone, Colonel Potter (Harry Morgan) arranged for him to have a hardship discharge. He had worked with the greats and never saw himself as one of them. The show was an immediate success to viewers, which led him into starring his own short-lived spin-off series, Pete and Gladys (1960), which co-starred Cara Williams, who met Morgan in the movie, The Saxon Charm (1948).Morgan began his eight-year association with old friend, Jack Webb, and Universal, starting with Dragnet 1967 (1967), which he played Off. Veteran character actor Harry Morgan, best known for playing Col. Sherman T. Potter on the iconic CBS show “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday.He was 96.  His body was cremated and his ashes were given to his family. Appeared in the original production of 'Golden Boy' by 'Clifford Odoets' opposite. The show, a comedy-drama about a U.S. mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) in South Korea during the Korean War, was widely praised for its sharp humour, though it courted controversy with its antiwar tone. 12/08/2011 11:20 AM Starred in a pilot of a 1971 TV show alongside. OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 1975. According to one source, when Morgan's father Henry registered at junior high school, "the registrar spelled it Bratsburg instead of Bratsberg. Morgan was the son of Hannah and Henry Bratsberg, who were of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Muskegon, Michigan, 42 miles west northwest of Grand Rapids. Traveled to Mt. Morgan's major roles included Pete Porter in both December Bride (1954â1959) and Pete and Gladys (1960â1962); Officer Bill Gannon on NBC-TVs Dragnet (1967â1970); Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972â1974); and Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H (1975â1983) and AfterMASH (1983â1984). One of the celebrities commemorated was Harry Morgan, by Loretta Swit. Harry Morgan was born in Detroit, Michigan in … His film and television profession spanned six years. Bill Gannon. M*A*S*H. CBS. He remarked that someone had asked him if working on M*A*S*H had made him a better actor. Harry Morgan, who portrayed Colonel Sherman Potter for eight seasons on M*A*S*H and an additional two on AfterMASH, passed away this morning at the age of 96. Before Harry Morgan became Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H, he had a pretty successful movie career.One of his most notable roles was in the 1952 western High Noon. According to his son, Charles, he suffered pneumonia, at the time of his death. When the Writer's Guild went on strike, he and. (1971); Snowball Express (1972); The Shootist (1976); The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979); and a cameo in the film version of Dragnet (1987) with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. When he was working as a salesman, he joined the theater group in Washington, D.C. His father, Henry Bratsberg, worked for war hero, Eddie Rickenbacker, who was also a car designer. I'm just interested in the perks. His films credits also include: High Noon (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Strategic Air Command (1955), among many others. Was one of the actors to have had the longest acting career than anybody else in the business, between movies and television; behind. I don't know if. All of his children were born in Los Angeles, California.