Harry Morgan

Highest Rated: 100% The Far Country (1955)
Birthday: Apr 10, 1915
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the most prolific actors in television history -- with starring roles in 11 different television series under his belt -- Harry Morgan is most closely identified with his portrayal of Colonel Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H (1975-83). But his credits go back to the 1930s, embracing theater and film as well as the small screen. Born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915, he made his Broadway debut with the Group Theatre in 1937 as Pepper White in the original production of Golden Boy, alongside Luther Adler, Phoebe Brand, Howard Da Silva, Lee J. Cobb, Morris Carnovsky, Frances Farmer, Elia Kazan, John Garfield, Martin Ritt, and Roman Bohnen. His subsequence stage appearances between 1939 and 1941 comprised a string of failures -- most notably Clifford Odets' Night Music, directed by Harold Clurman; and Robert Ardrey's Thunder Rock, directed by Elia Kazan -- before he turned to film work. Changing his name to Henry Morgan, he appeared in small roles in The Shores of Tripoli, The Loves of Edgar Allen Poe, and Orchestra Wives, all from 1942. Over the next two years, he essayed supporting roles in everything from war movies to Westerns, where he showed an ability to dominate the screen with his voice and his eyes. Speaking softly, Morgan could quietly command a scene, even working alongside Henry Fonda in the most important of those early pictures, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). Over the years following World War II, Morgan played ever-larger roles marked by their deceptive intensity. And even when he couldn't use his voice in a role, such as that of the mute and sinister Bill Womack in The Big Clock (1948), he was still able to make his presence felt in every one of his scenes with his eyes and his body movements. He was in a lot of important pictures during this period, including major studio productions such as All My Sons (1948), Down to the Sea in Ships (1949), and Madame Bovary (1949). He also appeared in independent films, most notably The Well (1951) and High Noon (1952). One of the more important of those roles was his portrayal of a professional killer in Appointment With Danger (1951), in which he worked alongside fellow actor Jack Webb for the first time. Morgan also passed through the stock company of director Anthony Mann, working in a brace of notable outdoor pictures across the 1950s. It was during the mid-1950s, as he began making regular appearances on television, that he was obliged to change his professional name to Harry Morgan (and, sometimes, Henry "Harry" Morgan), owing to confusion with another performer named Henry Morgan, who had already established himself on the small screen and done some movie acting as well. And it was at this time that Morgan, now billed as Harry Morgan, got his first successful television series, December Bride, which ran for five seasons and yielded a spin-off, Pete and Gladys. Morgan continued to appear in movies, increasingly in wry, comedic roles, most notably Support Your Local Sheriff (1969), but it was the small screen where his activity was concentrated throughout the 1960s.In 1966, Jack Webb, who had become an actor, director, and producer over the previous 15 years, decided to revive the series Dragnet and brought Morgan aboard to play the partner of Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday. As Officer Bill Gannon, Morgan provided a wonderful foil for the deadpan, no-nonsense Friday, emphasizing the natural flair for comic eccentricity that Morgan had shown across the previous 25 years. The series ran for four seasons, and Morgan reprised the role in the 1987 Dragnet feature film. He remained a busy actor going into the 1970s, when true stardom beckoned unexpectedly. In 1974, word got out that McLean Stevenson was planning on leaving the successful series M*A*S*H, and the producers were in the market for a replacement in the role of the military hospital's commanding officer. Morgan did a one-shot appearance as a comically deranged commanding general and earned the spot as Stevenson's

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Family Plan Sol Rubins 1998
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick Actor 1995
No Score Yet Incident In A Small Town Dommer Bell 1994
No Score Yet The Incident Judge Bell 1990
No Score Yet 14 Going on 30 Norm 1988
50% Dragnet Gannon 1987
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Sparkling Cyanide' Captain Kemp 1983
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons Carolinus, the Green Wizard 1982
No Score Yet Roughnecks Plug Champion 1980
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Robert T. 'Skinny' Malone 1980
No Score Yet Scout's Honor Actor 1980
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Mr. Scott 1979
No Score Yet The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Major Gaskill 1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited Robert T. Malone 1979
67% The Cat from Outer Space General Stilton 1978
No Score Yet The Bastard Actor 1978
No Score Yet Maneaters Are Loose Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa, (The Adventures of Freddy) Actor 1977
90% The Shootist Marshall Thibido 1976
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Sheriff Homer McCoy 1975
No Score Yet The Last Day Narrator 1975
No Score Yet Sidekicks Sheriff Jenkins 1974
No Score Yet Charley and the Angel The Angel formerly Roy Zerney 1973
95% Jeremiah Johnson Actor 1972
No Score Yet Snowball Express Jesse McCord 1972
83% The Barefoot Executive E.J. Crampton 1971
62% Support Your Local Gunfighter Taylor Barton 1971
No Score Yet Scandalous John Sheriff 1971
69% Support Your Local Sheriff! Olly Perkins 1969
No Score Yet Viva Max! Police Chief George Sylvester 1969
75% The Flim-Flam Man Sheriff Slade 1967
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Pott 1966
No Score Yet Frankie and Johnny Cully 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Deems Sarajevo 1965
90% How the West Was Won Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 1963
No Score Yet Cimarron Jesse Rickey 1960
92% Inherit the Wind Judge 1960
No Score Yet Murder, Inc. Burton Turkus 1960
No Score Yet The Mountain Road Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson 1960
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss Charles Meriden 1959
No Score Yet It Happened to Jane Himself 1959
No Score Yet Star in the Dust Lew Hogan 1956
No Score Yet Backlash Tony Welker 1956
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Oley 1955
No Score Yet Strategic Air Command Sgt. Bible 1955
100% The Far Country Ketchum 1955
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Fred Blue 1954
No Score Yet The Forty-Niners Actor 1954
No Score Yet Prisoner of War Maj. O.D. Halle 1954
88% The Glenn Miller Story Chummy MacGregor 1953
No Score Yet Torch Song Joe Denner 1953
No Score Yet Arena Lew Hutchins 1953
No Score Yet Thunder Bay Rawlings 1953
50% What Price Glory? Morgan 1952
96% High Noon Fuller 1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts) Dawson 1952
100% Bend of the River Shorty 1952
100% Scandal Sheet Biddle 1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Charles Hall 1951
No Score Yet The Well Claude Packard 1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger George Soderquist 1951
No Score Yet Dark City Soldier 1950
No Score Yet The Showdown Rod Main 1950
No Score Yet Holiday Affair Police Lieutenant 1949
No Score Yet Red Light Rocky 1949
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Hyppolite 1949
No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships Britton 1949
No Score Yet Strange Bargain Lt. Richard Webb 1949
No Score Yet All My Sons Frank Lubey 1948
No Score Yet Yellow Sky Half Pint 1948
100% The Big Clock Bill Womack 1948
100% Moonrise Billy Scripture 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Tailor 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Shorty 1947
89% Somewhere in the Night Swede 1946
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Bleecker 1946
80% State Fair Barker 1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Capt. Purvis 1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Cottonwood Goss 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Actor 1945
80% Wing and a Prayer Malcolm Brainard 1944
No Score Yet Happy Land Tony Cavrek 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Art Croft 1943
No Score Yet Crash Dive Brownie 1943
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives Cully Anderson 1942
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail Nat 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Mouthy 1942

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • 1996
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
Edgar Witherspoon
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lt. Richard Webb
  • 1987
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Director Col. Sherman Potter Gen. Bartford Steel
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Osgood Pickett Jed John Milligan
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1972
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Willie Larkin Cal Courtney
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Hermie Jensen
  • 1959

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