Harry Morgan

Actor, Director
A familiar face to film and television audiences for over five decades, Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan perfected the role of the lovable curmudgeon on one of the most beloved programs in television history ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1915 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (116)

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hec Ramsey 1972 - 1974, 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1968 - 1983, 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The D.A. 1971 - 1974, 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Memories of M*A*S*H 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incident 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Take It With You 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Captain Bill Gannon (Actor)

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Scout's Honor 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Better Late Than Never 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again 1979 (Movie)

Major Gaskill (Actor)

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cat From Outer Space 1978 (Movie)

General Stilton (Actor)

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Exo-Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

McLaren's Riders 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Magnet of Santa Mesa 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

Marshall Thibido (Actor)

The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975 (Movie)

Homer McCoy (Actor)

Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidekicks 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Charley and the Angel 1973 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Hec Ramsey 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat Ballou 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Snowball Express 1972 (Movie)

Jesse McCord (Actor)

But I Don't Want to Get Married! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Scandalous John 1971 (Movie)

Sheriff Pippin (Actor)

Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

Taylor Barton (Actor)

Dragnet 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Support Your Local Sheriff 1969 (Movie)

Mayor Olly Perkins (Actor)

The Barefoot Executive 1969 (Movie)

E J Crampton (Actor)

Viva Max! 1969 (Movie)

Chief of Police George Sylvester (Actor)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

Sheriff Slade (Actor)

Frankie and Johnnie 1966 (Movie)

Cully (Actor)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

Major Pott (Actor)

The Richard Boone Show 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

Sarajevo (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

General Ulysses S Grant (Actor)

Pete and Gladys 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

Jess Rickey (Actor)

December Bride 1954 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Mountain Road 1960 (Movie)

Michaelson (Actor)

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

It Started With a Kiss 1958 (Movie)

Charles Meriden (Actor)

The Marriage Broker 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Star in the Dust 1956 (Movie)

Lew Hogan (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Oley (Actor)

Strategic Air Command 1955 (Movie)

Sergeant Bible (Actor)

The Far Country 1955 (Movie)

Ketchum (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Fred Blue (Actor)

Prisoner of War 1954 (Movie)

Major O.D. Halle (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Chummy MacGregor (Actor)

The Doctor 1951 - 1953 (TV Show)

Performer

High Noon 1952 (Movie)

Sam Fuller (Actor)

Torch Song 1952 (Movie)

Joe Denver (Actor)

Appointment With Danger 1951 (Movie)

George Soderquist (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Well 1951 (Movie)

Claude Packard (Actor)

Holiday Affair 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

All My Sons 1948 (Movie)

Frank Lubey (Actor)

Moonrise 1948 (Movie)

Billy Scripture (Actor)

Roger Touhy, Gangster 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ox-Bow Incident 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

14 Going on 30 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bell for Adano (Movie)

Capt. Purvis (Actor)

A Wing and a Prayer (Movie)

Malcolm Brainard (Actor)

Bend of the River (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

Crash Dive (Movie)

Brownie (Actor)

Down to the Sea in Ships (Movie)

Britton (Actor)

Dragonwyck (Movie)

Bleecker (Actor)

From This Day Forward (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Incident in a Small Town (TV Show)

Actor

Madame Bovary (Movie)

Hyppolite (Actor)

Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Show)

Actor

More Wild Wild West (TV Show)

Actor

Murder at the Mardi Gras (TV Show)

Actor

My Six Convicts (Movie)

Dawson (Actor)

Orchestra Wives (Movie)

Cully Anderson (Actor)

Race Street (Movie)

Hal Towers (Actor)

Red Light (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

Rivkin: Bounty Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

Roughnecks (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

Biddle (Actor)

Silver River (Movie)

Tailor (Actor)

State Fair (Movie)

Barker (Actor)

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Clock (Movie)

Bill Womack (Actor)

The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Day (TV Show)

Narrator

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (Movie)

Ebenezer Burling (Actor)

The Saxon Charm (Movie)

Hermy (Actor)

The Showdown (Movie)

Rod Main (Actor)

The Toughest Man in Arizona (Movie)

Verne Kimber (Actor)

Thunder Bay (Movie)

Rawlings (Actor)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

Mouthy (Actor)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

Sgt. Moran (Actor)

When I Grow Up (TV Show)

Actor

Yellow Sky (Movie)

Half Pint (Actor)
Director (1)

Adam-12 1968 - 1975, 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

A familiar face to film and television audiences for over five decades, Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan perfected the role of the lovable curmudgeon on one of the most beloved programs in television history. After proving himself on the stages of Broadway, the gruff-voiced actor became a fixture in features films with supporting roles opposite big names like Henry Fonda in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), Gary Cooper in "High Noon" (1952) and Jimmy Stewart in the big band biopic "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953). By the mid-1950s Morgan had begun to establish himself as the ubiquitous television presence with an endearing performance on the sitcom "December Bride" (CBS, 1954-1960) and its spin-off "Pete and Gladys" (CBS, 1960-62). Equally adept at serious drama, he memorably played Jack Webb's taciturn partner Bill Gannon on the revived version of "Dragnet" (NBC, 1967-1970). It was, however, his lengthy run as the fatherly Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the wartime comedy-drama "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983) that would earn the veteran actor TV immortality. Though he would go on to portray other increasingly flinty, avuncular types on a variety of programs well into his eighth decade, it was his role as the no-nonsense leader of the 4077th that Morgan would later describe as "the best part I ever had."

Relationships

Barbara Bushman

Wife
Born c. 1926; granddaughter of Francis X. Bushman Married on Dec. 17, 1986 until his death 2011 In July 1996 filed charges of spousal abuse against Morgan Charges were dropped in 1997

Eileen Detchon

Wife
Married Sept. 1, 1940 until her death on Feb. 4, 1985

Charles Morgan

Son

Christopher Morgan

Son

Daniel Morgan

Son
Died in 1989

Paul Morgan

Son

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2006

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma

2002

Featured in the documentary special "'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion" (Fox)

1999

Acted in the comedy short "Crosswalk"

1997

Final feature film appearance, "Family Plan" with Leslie Nielsen and Judge Reinhold

1996

Landed a recurring guest apperance on NBC's "3rd Rock from the Sun"

1995

Voiced the animated version of Bill Gannon on Fox series "The Simpsons"

1994

Third appearance as Judge Bell, reteamingwith Matthau for "Incident in a Small Town" (CBS)

1992

Reprised Judge Stoddard Bell role, co-starring with Walter Matthau and Susan Blakely in the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore"

1990

Cast as Judge Stoddard Bell opposite Walter Matthau and Susan Blakely in the CBS TV-movie "The Incident"

1987

Returned to features after an eight-year absence to reprise the role of Bill Gannon, now a Captain, for the feature spoof of "Dragnet" starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks

1986

Co-starred as the recovering con man father of magician-detective Hal Linden on "Blacke's Magic" (NBC)

1983

Starred as Dr. Sherman Potter on the sequel series "After MASH" (CBS)

1979

Perfectly cast as President Harry S. Truman in the docudrama miniseries "Backstairs at the White House" (NBC)

1979

Appeared in "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC), the sequel to the landmark miniseries

1975

Became series regular on "M*A*S*H" (CBS) the following season as acerbic but kindly Colonel Sherman Potter; also directed episodes; nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the "M*A*S*H" episode "Stars and Stripe" (aired 12/1

1974

Appeared in an acclaimed guest spot as a crazed general on the hit comedy-drama series "M*A*S*H" (CBS), the third season opener episode titled "The General Flipped at Dawn"

1972

Narrated and played a recurring role on the Western detective series "Hec Ramsey" (NBC); also directed episodes

1970

Co-starred with Robert Conrad on the short-lived legal drama "The D.A." (NBC); also directed episodes

1969

TV-movie debut, "But I Don't Want to Get Married!" (ABC)

1968

Directed episodes of the Jack Webb-produced "Adam-12" (NBC)

1967

Co-starred as Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday on the NBC revival "Dragnet 1967"

1964

Played a regular on the family comedy-drama "Kentucky Jones" (NBC)

1963

Appeared as a "repertory" member on "The Richard Boone Show," an ambitious dramatic anthology series (NBC)

1960

Last film with director Mann, "Cimarron"

1960

Starred as Pete Porter in the sitcom spin-off "Pete and Gladys" (CBS)

1954

Debut as a TV series regular, played cranky neighbor Pete Porter on the popular sitcom "December Bride" (CBS); garnered first Emmy nomination, for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 1959

1952

First of six films with director Anthony Mann, "Bend of the River"

1942

Prominently featured as Henry Fonda's traveling companion in the Western drama "The Ox-Bow Incident"

1941

Moved to California

1941

Signed by 20th Century Fox after being spotted by a talent scout in William Saroyan's one-act play "Hello, Out There" in a Santa Barbara stock company

1941

Feature acting debut (as Henry Morgan), "To the Shores of Tripoli"

1937

Spent two years in the original Broadway production of "Golden Boy"

1935

Planned to study law at the University of Chicago until public speaking and debating classes turned him to acting

Joined a little theater group while working in Washington, DC on summer vacation

Professional stage debut, "At Mrs. Beam's" with Frances Farmer and Mildred Natwick in summer stock at Mt. Kisco, NY

Bonus Trivia

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In July 1997, Morgan was charged with abusing his wife Barbara after a beating the previous year left her with eye, foot, and arm injuries. Prosecutors dropped the charges after the 82-year-old actor completed a six-month domestic violence counseling program.

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