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'M*A*S*H' star Harry Morgan dies at age 96

December 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Emmy-winning actor Harry Morgan, who played Col. Potter on television's "M*A*S*H," died on Wednesday at the age of 96.

Morgan's career spanned decades, with more than 100 movies to his credit. He came to Hollywood in 1942 without a job, but he found small jobs through friendships.

Then he caught a break, signing a contract with 20th Century Fox after a talent scout spotted him in the one-act play, "Hello, Out There."

One of Morgan's earliest films was "The Ox Bow Incident" in 1943 with Henry Fonda. He also appeared in films such as "High Noon," "What Price Glory," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Shootist."

But Morgan made his mark on television. In the '50s, it was on "December Bride," then the spinoff, "Pete and Gladys." In the '60s and '70s, Morgan starred opposite Jack Webb in the L.A. police drama "Dragnet."

The stories were generally serious, but the banter between the two was sometimes more light-hearted.

One of Morgan's last public appearances was at an unveiling in 2009 for a "Dragnet" postal stamp.

Morgan was best known for his 10-year role as Col. Sherman Potter in the Korean War-set comedy "M*A*S*H." His role earned him nine Emmy nominations, winning once in 1980.

The actor died at his home in Brentwood after having a bout with pneumonia. Services have not yet been announced.

Morgan is survived by his wife, three sons, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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