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M*A*S*H actor Harry Morgan dead at 96

Actor Harry Morgan (shown right), died in his LA home early Wednesday.
Actor Harry Morgan (shown right), died in his LA home early Wednesday.
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Actor Harry Morgan, known to millions of TV fans as "Col. Sherman T. Potter" on “M*A*S*H” and “Officer Bill Gannon” on TV crime series “Dragnet,” died at his home in Los Angeles early this morning.

The NYTimes reports that Morgan’s son, Charles, told media that his father “was recently treated for pneumonia – though it’s unclear if that was the cause.”

Though mainly recognized from his work in television, the Detroit native appeared in over 100 films, including Oscar winning western classics High Noon (Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges), John Ford’s How the West Was Won (James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck), and Rogers and Hammerstein musical State Fair (Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes).

Morgan also appeared in Academy award nominated films The Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews), and The Shootist (John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard).

The Emmy winning actor is survived by his wife, 3 sons by his 1st marriage, and 8 grandchildren.

Traces of his family life were often seen in his work – such as the photo of his first wife (Eileen Detchon), whose picture appeared on his "M*A*S*H" desk as the absent wife “Mildred,” or the painting of a horse behind the desk, which was painted by his grandson.

Did you know? Harry Morgan reprised his role as police officer “Bill Gannon (promoted to Captain) in the 1987 comedy film Dragnet, starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer.

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