Actor Harry Morgan, who appeared in more than 100 films but was best known for television roles including Colonel Sherman Potter in the popular series “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, age 96.
Morgan who was 60 years old and a veteran of movies and television when he introduced the character of Colonel Sherman Potter to America on “M*A*S*H” in September 1975. The show was entering its fourth season after the previous season had ended with most recent commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson), had been killed in a plane crash on his long trip home after his discharge.
Harry’s first appearance on “M*A*S*H” was in 1974, one year before joining the show fulltime. He played the decorated and mentally unbalanced General Bartford Hamilton Steele, whose visit caused havoc in the military hospital unit.
Harry Morgan led the unit through the series’ final episode, which became the most- watched TV show in U.S. history when it aired on February 28, 1983.
Morgan joined two other “M*A*S*H” stars in a spinoff, “AfterMASH,” that continued their storylines back home after the war. The show lasted from 1983 to 1985.
I was sadden to hear of Mr. Morgan’s passing. M*A*S*H is and will always be one of my favorite shows of all time. I can still remember watching the shows finale when I was 12 years of age and my parents allowing my brother I to stay up and watch it.
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen…….Harry
The world will miss you.