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Detroit native Harry Morgan was born April 10, 1915. He had his sights set on becoming a lawyer till he took some public speaking and debate courses at the University of Chicago -- and later changed his ambitions to acting.

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.

Harry Morgan in Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

1960 NR

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.

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