Harry Morgan, a.k.a. Colonel Potter, Dead at 96

Actor Harry Morgan died this morning at his home in Brentwood after a bout with pneumonia. He was 96.

Morgan is best known for his role as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the television dramedy M*A*S*H. He won an Emmy for the part, which he played from 1975 till the show went off the air in 1983. But Morgan had a prolific acting career beyond M*A*S*H, as detailed by The NY Times:

In more than 100 movies, Mr. Morgan played Western bad guys, characters with names like Rocky and Shorty, loyal sidekicks, judges, sheriffs, soldiers, thugs and police chiefs.

On television, he played Officer Bill Gannon with a phlegmatic but light touch to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. He starred as Pete Porter, a harried husband, in the situation comedy “Pete and Gladys” (1960-62), reprising a role he had played on “December Bride” (1954-59). He was also a regular on “The Richard Boone Show” (1963-64), “Kentucky Jones” (1964-65), “The D.A.” (1971-72), “Hec Ramsey” (1972-74) and “Blacke’s Magic” (1986).

Morgan is survived by his wife, three sons from his first marriage, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.