In 1937, Morgan debuted on Broadway in "Golden Boy," but a subsequent string of flops stalled his stage career. Transitioning to films, Morgan began landing supporting parts in genres across the board, including Westerns (The Ox-Box Incident, 1943), war movies (A Bell for Adano, 1945) and crime dramas (Dark City, 1950). He notably went on to appear in the 1952 classic High Noon, Inherit the Wind (1960) and the comic gem Support Your Local Sheriff (1969).
But Morgan is best known for his portrayal of the paternal Col. Sherman Potter on the long-running TV series "MASH," a role that garnered him an Emmy in 1980. Morgan continued to find steady work on the big and small screens until retiring in 1999. He died Dec. 7, 2011.
Spencer Tracy (in an Oscar-nominated role) and Fredric March square off as opposing attorneys Henry Drummond and Matthew Harrison Brady, respectively, in this blistering courtroom drama about the famed 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was taken to task for teaching Darwinism in the classroom. The film also earned Oscar nods for its editing, screenplay and cinematography. Gene Kelly co-stars as a newspaper reporter.
- High Noon
- Support Your Local Sheriff
- Support Your Local Gunfighter
- The Glenn Miller Story
- The Apple Dumpling Gang
- MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
- What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
- Dark City
- Bend of the River
- The Far Country
- Sparkling Cyanide
- The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
- Scandal Sheet
- The Teahouse of the August Moon
- Snowball Express
- To the Shores of Tripoli
- Torch Song
- The Kent Chronicles
- The Cat from Outer Space
- Roots: The Next Generations
- Backstairs at the White House
- Against Her Will / Wounded Heart