away today. He was famous for playing Col
Potter on MASH. He started in the movies 70
years ago, everybody here grew up watching
Harry Morgan. I liked him in films like The
Shootist, and Flim Flam Man. He played an iracible
small town sheriff in both, and there was nobody
better. He made whatever he was in better, he
was the American everyman.
Harry Morgan and BJ Honeycutt came on at the beginning of Season 4 which is when I started watching again. I'm watching late Season 5 now, just before Burns goes berserk after Houlihan gets married (beginning of Season 6).
The man had a very long and storied career... a lifetime actor.
I was always the lone person to defend Morgan, not saying he was better, but that if Colonel Potter came first, they would be complaining that he was better.
Very likely so.
BTW, Harry morgan had a guest appearance on MASH before he joined the cast. I can't cite season and episode, but he played a loony, hard-ass senior officer visiting the hospital for some reason. At the end he looses it and does a musical number.
This happens more than people notice. Jerry Orbach did a guest spot as a defense attorney in Law & Order some time before he was hired to play Det. Briscoe. The guy who played Frasier's father in "Frasier," I forget his name, did a guest spot in "Cheers" as a jingle composer.
complain about Harry Morgan/Col. Potter, saying that Colonel Blake was much better. I was always the lone person to defend Morgan,
But Blake was so lame. He was always bending the rules,
letting Hawkeye get away with murder. He was a putz.
Potter was old time military, nothing ever got by him. The
Potter character saved the series. He gave legititmacy to
the rest of the goofballs, he was the series anchor.
I too am always amazed when I see reruns, that I'm watching
something made 35 and 40 years ago. Its not only the
writing, its the thought and planning that went into making
the set as true to what a MASH unit really looked like in
1951. They say in the reunion shows that the real MASH
doctors who were in Korea all said it was very realistic to
what they remembered.
Harry Morgan played his part in the show as a strong leader,
an understanding friend, and a father figure. Who can't relate
to somebody like that..