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Harry Morgan Passed Away At 96

Harry Morgan was a brash but lovable character on M*A*S*H*. Harry Morgan remembered for his role on Dragnet.

“The sadness will fade after awhile. The cup is so damn full that you can’t really be sad that you don’t have anymore. We’ve all gotten so much more than we ever would have doing anything else. That will last a long, long time.”

Harry Morgan’s comment on the ending of M*A*S*H*

I can remember ever since I was a little girl every night at 10 sharp my Grandpa and I would curl up and watch M*A*S*H* together. Those are some of my most fondest moments and Colonel Sherman Potter was a big part of it with his brash, no-nonsense but absolutely lovable personality. He passed away at 96.

Harry Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away December 7, 2011 at his home in CA of complications from pneumonia. The man had a long standing career that initially started out on a path to be a lawyer. He ended up joining a theater group before moving on to Broadway. He starred in his first movie “The Shores of Tripoli” in 1942. He went on to do a string of movies including his favorite “The Oxbow Incident” in 1943, “High Noon” in 1952 and “How the West Was Won” in 1962.

He is best known for his role as Bill Gannon in “Dragnet” from 1967-1970 and his role as Col. Potter in the long running TV series M*A*S*H* from 1975-1983. He received an Emmy for M*A*S*H* in 1980. The picture on his desk in the series was that of his real wife Eileen Detchon and the picture of the horse behind his desk was painted by his grandson Jeremy. He was obviously a sentimental and caring soul. It is not only true of his character Sherman Potter but other’s have said he was like that in true life.

In 1987 he played along side Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks in a comedic remake of “Dragnet”. In 2006 he was inducted into The Hall of Great Western Performers. Harry Morgan had a wonderful career and lived a full life. He will be sorely missed . It’s ironic to me that M*A*S*H*ended the same year my Grandpa passed away. There is no doubt that Harry Morgan’s cup was full and he filled a great many other people’s cups as well.

He will always be a great part of my child hood memories and for that I thank him. Rest In Peace Harry.

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Excellent work . . . voted up