Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan


4/10/1915, Detroit, Michigan, USA



Birth Name

Harry Bratsburg



Also Known As

Henry Morgan
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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


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    • 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.

  • One of a kind actor.

    Harry Morgan has been a favorite actor of mine since I saw him in the series M*A*S*H. He has a knack for playing a comedic role as a rough and tough character. He was hilarious in "Support Your Local Sheriff" with James Garner playing the lead and Harry Morgan as the mayor of the town. Then he was in the movie "Support Your Local Gunfighter" again with James Garner. He was great in both of those and many other movies and television shows. His style of acting is very unique and we will probably never see anyone like him again. Thank you for entertaining us Harry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Pretty funny.

    On his most famous role as Col. Potter in M*A*S*H, he has some funny although corny lines.

    Kind of funny, but corny at times.

    Then came M*A*S*H. Morgan played crazed Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele in the third season opener "The General Flipped At Dawn" (9/10/74). Steele is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action.

    Morgan's memorable performance as the nutso Steele impressed the producers of the show. The following season, Morgan joined the cast of M*A*S*H as the beloved Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. Colonel Potter was a career Army officer who was tough yet caring. He was almost like a father figure to the people under his command.

    In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H. Morgan reprised the Potter role in a shortlived spin-off series, AfterMASH.moreless