Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) is a well-known character actor, who memorably played Colonel Sherman T. Potter on "M*A*S*H" from 1975 to 1983. Morgan won an Emmy for the role. Morgan also appeared on another iconic TV series, "Dragnet," from 1967 to 1970 as Officer Bill Gannon.…more
In 2006, Harry was inducted in the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
In his early theater years, Harry performed with the Selznick Theater in Santa Barbara.
Harry owned a ranch in Santa Rosa, California.
During the 1930's, Harry joined a theater group and performed The Front Page and The Petrified Forest.
As Henry Morgan, he hosted the NBC radio series Mystery in the Air (1947), a summer replacement series starring Peter Lorre.
Harry is a Democrat.
Harry was an active opponent of the anti-communist witch hunts in Hollywood.
Morgan's son, Daniel, died in 1982.
Morgan married his second wife, Barbara Bushman on December 12, 1986.
Morgan had greatly enjoyed playing Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H and said once that he wouldn't mind playing the character forever.
Morgan's first wife, Eileen Detchon, was a stage-actress on My Heart's on the Highlands.
Morgan's first professional role was on At Mrs. Beam's in 1937.
Morgan was married to Eileen Detchon for 45 years till she died.
Morgan's mother is Anna Olsen.
Morgan was billed as Henry Morgan for fifteen years till he changed his name to Harry in the 1950s. Another man who was a professional comedian had the same name of Morgan, so things were confusing for everyone until Morgan agreed to change his name.
Morgan graduated high school in 1933 at Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan. While there he was on the debate and football teams.
On M*A*S*H, Morgan's character painted pictures of all of the people in the outfit. All of these pictures were actually drawn by Morgan himself.
Morgan recieved the Gold Award of Purple Heart Veterans Rehabilitation Service in the 1970s.
Morgan enjoys reading books on history, poetry, and the legal profession.
Morgan was arrested in 1996 for beating up his wife Barbara. Barbara suffered a bruised right arm, a cut near her right eye and swollen left foot. He agreed to attend classes on spousal abuse and the charges were dropped.
Morgan owns a ranch in Santa Rosa, California where he used to raise quarterhorses.
Morgan had originally planned on becoming a lawyer until his interests in the theater were stirred.
From 1959 to 1983, Harry received 11 Emmy nominations and received an Emmy in 1980 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series.
Morgan attended college at the University of Chicago. He majored in law.
Morgan's debut movie was The Ox Bow Incident.
Morgan and his second wife, Barbara Bushman, had two children: Rosemary Morgan and Jeremy Morgan.
Harry is of Norwegian and Swedish descent. His grandparents immigrated from Scandinavia.
Harry's second wife, actress Barbara Bushman, is the granddaughter of silent screen actor Francis X. Bushman and the daughter of movie actor Ralph Bushman.
Harry has 4 sons by his first wife, Charles, Paul, Christopher, and Daniel.
He was married in 1940 to Eileen Detchon who died in 1985. He remarried in 1998 to Barbara Bushman Quine.
Harry is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Harry: (on going home to Muskegon) I don't think I ever enjoyed myself more than going to high school, here. I was very enthusiastic about coming back and it's regretful that it's too short a time to visit. There really was no reason to come back before. Most of my close friends and relatives have gone elsewhere. I've been invited to the class reunions, but the arrangements were too complicated.
Harry: (on AfterMASH) AfterMASH just never worked. We did everything we could think of to fix it, but nothing helped. They kept changing the cast. I had two different ladies playing my wife, for example, but nothing helped. I think, now, that it just wasn't a good idea in the first place.
Harry: He was firm. He was a good officer and he had a good sense of humor. I think it's the best part I ever had. I loved playing Colonel Potter.
Harry: (on the ending of MASH) The sadness will fade after a while. The cup is so damn full that you can't really be sad that you don't have any more. We've all gotten so much more than we ever would have doing anything else. That will last a long, long time.
Harry: There'll never be another 'MASH.' There's nothing in the way of doing your best work on this set, absolutely nothing.
Harry: Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.