Rest in Peace: Harry Morgan

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Rest in Peace Harry MorganHe may have only dabbled in our genre a few times, but when such an iconic figure as Harry Morgan passes away, we’d be remiss not to mention it and express our condolences to his friends and family.

Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H”, died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. His son Charles confirmed his death, saying his father had been treated for pneumonia recently.

Harry Morgan was born Harry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915, in Detroit. Before taking on the role of Colonel Potter, he played Officer Bill Gannon, sidekick to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. His horror/thriller credits include “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “The Twilight Zone”.

In 1980 Morgan won an Emmy Award as best supporting actor in a comedy series for “M*A*S*H”. During the shooting of the series’ final episode, he was asked about his feelings. “Sadness and an aching heart,” he replied. Much how we felt about hearing the news of his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Bushman, whom he married in 1986; three sons from his first marriage, Christopher, Charles, and Paul; and eight grandchildren. A fourth son, Daniel, died in 1989. Mr. Morgan lived in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Morgan’s many friends, family members, and constituents. Godspeed.

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