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 Gunfighter
- Support Your Local Sheriff
- The Glenn Miller Story
- The Apple Dumpling Gang
- Torch Song
- The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
- MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
- The Far Country
- Snowball Express
- The Cat from Outer Space
- Sparkling Cyanide
- Bend of the River
- Scandal Sheet
- What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
- To the Shores of Tripoli
- Dark City
- The Teahouse of the August Moon
- The Kent Chronicles
- Backstairs at the White House
- Roots: The Next Generations
- Against Her Will / Wounded Heart