Goodbye Colonel Potter

Harry Morgan, an actor who played one of my favorite characters in television history has passed away at the age of 96.  Colonel Potter was M.A.S.H. to me, and I never liked any of the episodes without him quite as much.

‘M-A-S-H’ star Harry Morgan dies at age 96

Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Updated today at 1:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan, whose portrayal Col. Potter on television’s “M-A-S-H” highlighted a long show-business career, has died. He was 96.

His daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, says the actor died at his home in Brentwood after suffering from pneumonia.

Morgan appeared in mostly supporting roles on the big screen, playing opposite such stars as Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Garner, Elvis Presley and Dan Aykroyd.

On television, he was more the comedic co-star, including roles on “December Bride,” its spin-off “Pete and Gladys,” as Sgt. Joe Friday’s loyal partner in later “Dragnet” episodes.

But it was his role as Col. Sherman Porter on “M-A-S-H” for which Morgan became best known. He earned an Emmy for his portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on CBS-TV’s long-running series.

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