Remembering 'M*A*S*H' Star Harry Morgan

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Character actor Harry Morgan died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned over a hundred movies and numerous television shows, Morgan was best known to audiences for his definitive role as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H." Morgan was 96, and had recently been treated for pneumonia.

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Penny McKibben from Springfield, OR

Actually, the M*A*S*H Unit that was the central setting of the TV show was the 4077th M*A*S*H. Other errors included were that he was Joe Friday's "second sidekick" when he was actually Sgt. Friday's fourth named partner, Officer Bill Gannon during all incarnations of the series, including its origin as a radio series on NBC Radio. He followed Ben Romero, Ed Jacobs, and Frank Smith. He later played Capt. Bill Gannon, commanding officer to the original Joe Friday's nephew, also named Joe Friday, and his partner Pep Streebeck.

And as Dennis from NC pointed out, he was the ONLY Colonel Sherman T. Potter, though he had a prior single-episode appearance and Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele in the 3rd season, 1974 episode "The General Flipped at Dawn."

These are all errors that could have been caught by checking Mr. Morgan's Wikipedia entry.

May. 12 2012 07:58 PM
Dennis from North Carolina

Just want to point out some glaring inaccuracies in this story as aired: 1. Harry Morgan was the only actor to play Col. Potter on the TV series "M.A.S.H." The character Col. Potter replaced Lt. Col. Henry Blake, the previous commander of the 5077th, but there was never another actor who played Col. Potter. 2. The story mentioned that Mr. Morgan was drawn to acting while a student at the University of Chicago, which the story stated was "President Obama's Alma Mater." It wasn't. President Obama was an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago School of Law, but he graduated from Columbia University (undergrad) and Harvard (law school). Those two schools are his Alma Maters.

These errors should have been caught easily. I am disappointed in the sloppy reporting on what should have been, and otherwise was, a fitting tribute to Mr. Morgan.

Dec. 08 2011 10:46 AM

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