‘M*A*S*H’ Star Harry Morgan Dies

Harry Morgan, the beloved actor best known for his roles on TV’s Dragnet and M*A*S*H, passed away this morning in Los Angeles.

He was 96.

A Detroit native, Morgan starred as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, head of the Korean War’s M*A*S*H unit, from 1975 through the series’ final episode in 1983. The “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” eppy became the most-watched TV show in US history when it aired that Feb. 28.

In 1980, Morgan won an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy for his work on the show.

His other small-screen credits include Pete and Gladys, December Bride, and Hec Ramsey. Morgan also appeared in more than 100 films — among them The Ox-Bow Incident, Wing and a Prayer, High Noon, Inherit the Wind, How the West Was Won, Frankie and Johnny and The Shootist.

His daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, told The Associated Press the actor died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood after a battle with pneumonia.

“He was side-splittingly funny, a very gentle and loving father-in-law. He was very humble about having such a successful career.”

The actor is survived by his wife Barbara, three sons and eight grandchildren. Another son, Daniel, died in 1989.

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