Harry Morgan, actor was 96

harry-morgan-webb.jpgWow, just take a look at Harry Morgan's career. He acted on the New York stage with Elia Kazan, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb before he came to Hollywood in the early 1940s. Best known to many as the fatherly Colonel Potter on TV's "MASH," he also was Jack Webb's partner Office Bill Gannon on the most iconic of all LAPD shows, "Dragnet." (He was promoted to captain for the 1987 comedy starring Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks.) Morgan died today at home in Brentwood, according to his son Charles. Morgan was nominated 11 times for Emmy Awards, winning once in 1980 for "MASH."

Some of the movies he was in: The Ox-Bow Incident, The Glenn Miller Story, Strategic Air Command, High Noon, State Fair, Dragnet, The Shootist, How the West Was Won

Selected TV shows: MASH, Dragnet, The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, Grace Under Fire, Gunsmoke, The Partirdge Family, Love American Style, Dr. Kildare, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Untouchables, December Bride, Pete & Gladys

Morgan discusses the final episode of "MASH," at the time the most watched television episode ever:

Photo: Morgan with Paul Stewart and Jack Webb in "Appointment with Danger"

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