Harry Morgan (I) (1915–2011)

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Harry Morgan was a prolific character actor who starred in over 100 films and was a stage performer. Known to a younger generation of fans as "Col. Sherman T. Potter" on M*A*S*H (1972). Also known for his commanding personality throughout his career, he tackled movies and television in a way no other actor would do it. Born Harry Bratsberg in ... See full bio »

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Known For

M*A*S*H Col. Sherman T. Potter / Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele
High Noon Sam Fuller
Inherit the Wind Judge Mel Coffey


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 1999 Love & Money (TV Series)
Fletcher Conklin
- Career Daze (1999) ... Fletcher Conklin
 1999 Crosswalk (Short)
Dr. Chandler
 1997 Family Plan
Sol Rubins
 1996-1997 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Professor Suter
- Sensitive Dick (1997) ... Professor Suter
- Much Ado About Dick (1996) ... Professor Suter
- Selfish Dick (1996) ... Professor Suter
 1996 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
- Head Games (1996) ... George
 1995 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Bill Gannon
- Mother Simpson (1995) ... Bill Gannon (voice)
 1995 The Jeff Foxworthy Show (TV Series)
- Jeff & Ray & Racal's Big Adventure (1995) ... Raymond
 1994 Incident in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Judge Bell
 1992 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (TV Movie)
Judge Stoddard Bell
 1990 The Incident (TV Movie)
Judge Bell
 1988 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Edgar Witherspoon
- The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon (1988) ... Edgar Witherspoon
 1987-1988 You Can't Take It with You (TV Series)
Martin Vanderhof
- For Whom the Phone Rings (1988) ... Martin Vanderhof
- The Trial of Martin Vanderhof (1987) ... Martin Vanderhof
- Like Mother, Like Son (1987) ... Martin Vanderhof
- Episode #1.10 (1987) ... Martin Vanderhof
 1988 14 Going on 30 (TV Movie)
Uncle Herb
 1987 Dragnet
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Retired Lt. Richard Webb
- The Days Dwindle Down (1987) ... Retired Lt. Richard Webb
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
Leonard Blacke
- Wax Poetic (1986) ... Leonard Blacke
- It's a Jungle Out There (1986) ... Leonard Blacke
- A Friendly Game of Showdown (1986) ... Leonard Blacke
- Last Flight from Moscow (1986) ... Leonard Blacke
- Forced Landing (1986) ... Leonard Blacke
 1983-1985 AfterMASH (TV Series)
Dr. Sherman T. Potter
- Saturday's Heroes (1985) ... Dr. Sherman T. Potter
- Wet Feet (1984) ... Dr. Sherman T. Potter
- Ward Is Hell (1984) ... Dr. Sherman T. Potter
- The Recovery Room (1984) ... Dr. Sherman T. Potter
- Madness to His Method (1984) ... Dr. Sherman T. Potter
 1983 Sparkling Cyanide (TV Movie)
Captain Kemp
 1974-1983 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Col. Sherman T. Potter / Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele
- Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
- As Time Goes By (1983) ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
- Give and Take (1983) ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
- Friends and Enemies (1983) ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
- Say No More (1983) ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
 1982 The Flight of Dragons (Video)
Carolinus (voice)
 1981 Rivkin: Bounty Hunter (TV Movie)
Father Kolodny
 1980 More Wild Wild West (TV Movie)
Robert T. 'Skinny' Malone
 1980 Scout's Honor (TV Movie)
Mr. Briggs
 1980 Roughnecks (TV Movie)
Plug Champion
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
Mr. Scott
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Mr. DePinna
 1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV Movie)
Robert T. Malone
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini Series)
President Harry S. Truman
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... President Harry S. Truman
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... President Harry S. Truman (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... President Harry S. Truman (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... President Harry S. Truman (credit only)
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Bob Campbell
- Part II (1896-1897) (1979) ... Bob Campbell
 1978 The Cat from Outer Space
General Stilton
 1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (TV Movie)
Hugo Peavey
 1978 The Bastard (TV Series)
Capt. Caleb
 1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras (TV Movie)
Jim Bob Jackson
 1978 Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Movie)
Toby Waites
 1978 Confessions of the D.A. Man (TV Movie)
H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
 1977 McLaren's Riders (TV Movie)
Sheriff Bill Willet
 1977 The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa (TV Movie)
J.J. Strange
 1977 Exo-Man (TV Movie)
Arthur Travis
 1976 The Shootist
Marshall Thibido
 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang
Homer McCoy
 1975 The Last Day (TV Movie)
 1970-1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Jed Hockett / John Milligan / Osgood Pickett
- Brides and Grooms (1975) ... Jed Hockett
- The Wiving (1974) ... Jed Hockett
- Milligan (1972) ... John Milligan
- The Witness (1970) ... Osgood Pickett
 1972-1974 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Doc Amos B. Coogan
- Only Birds and Fools (1974) ... Doc Amos B. Coogan
- Scar Tissue (1974) ... Doc Amos B. Coogan
- Dead Heat (1974) ... Doc Amos B. Coogan
- The Detroit Connection (1973) ... Doc Amos B. Coogan
- A Hard Road to Vengeance (1973) ... Doc Amos B. Coogan
 1974 Sidekicks (TV Movie)
Sheriff Jenkins
 1973 Charley and the Angel
The Angel formerly Roy Zerney
 1973 The Mouse Factory (TV Series)
Harry Morgan
- Trains (1973) ... Harry Morgan
 1972 Snowball Express
Jesse McCord
 1970-1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Cal / Willie Larkin
- All's War in Love and Fairs (1972) ... Cal
- The Sound of Money (1970) ... Willie Larkin
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Thaddeus Conway (segment "The Late Mr. Peddington")
- Lindemann's Catch/A Feast of Blood/The Late Mr. Peddington (1972) ... Thaddeus Conway (segment "The Late Mr. Peddington")
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
- The People vs. Walsh (1971) ... H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
- The People vs. Nelson (1971) ... H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
- The People vs. Slovik (1971) ... H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
- The People vs. Edwards (1971) ... H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
- The People vs. Saydo (1971) ... H.M. 'Staff' Stafford
 1971 Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You (TV Movie)
Inspector Richard Queen
 1971/II Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
The Rancher
 1971 Scandalous John
Sheriff Pippin
 1971 The Barefoot Executive
E.J. Crampton
 1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Movie)
Dr. Horace Bowers
 1970 But I Don't Want to Get Married! (TV Movie)
Mr. Good
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Woody (segment "Love and the Motel")
- Love and the Father/Love and the Motel (1970) ... Woody (segment "Love and the Motel")
 1967-1970 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Officer Bill Gannon
- D.H.Q.: The Victims (1970) ... Officer Bill Gannon
- Burglary: Baseball (1970) ... Officer Bill Gannon
- Robbery: The Harassing Wife (1970) ... Officer Bill Gannon
- I.A.D.: The Receipt (1970) ... Officer Bill Gannon
- D.H.Q.: Night School (1970) ... Officer Bill Gannon
 1969 Viva Max
Chief of Police Sylvester
 1969 Support Your Local Sheriff!
Olly Perkins
 1969 Dragnet 1966 (TV Movie)
Officer Bill Gannon
 1968 Star Spangled Salesman (Documentary short)
TV Cop
 1967 The Flim-Flam Man
Sheriff Slade
 1966 Kelly's Kingdom (TV Movie)
 1966 Frankie and Johnny
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Francis X. Healy
- Going Home (1965) ... Francis X. Healy
- The Tent Dwellers (1965) ... Francis X. Healy
- A Gift of Love (1965) ... Francis X. Healy
 1964-1965 Kentucky Jones (TV Series)
Seldom Jackson
- The Victim (1965) ... Seldom Jackson
- Feminine Intrusion (1965) ... Seldom Jackson
- The Return of Wong Lee (1965) ... Seldom Jackson
- The Big Shot (1965) ... Seldom Jackson
- The Dread Disease (1964) ... Seldom Jackson
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
 1963-1964 The Richard Boone Show (TV Series)
Senator Clements / Robert Logan / Bjornsson / ...
- A Need of Valor (1964) ... Robert Logan
- All the Blood of Yesterday (1964) ... Bjornsson
- The Arena: Part 2 (1964) ... Senator Clements
- The Arena: Part 1 (1964) ... Senator Clements
- Run, Pony, Run (1964) ... Eddie
 1963 The Wall to Wall War (TV Movie)
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
Kendall Jones
- Strangers at Sundown (1963) ... Kendall Jones
 1958-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff Ernie Backwater / Fred Braus
- American Primitive (1963) ... Sheriff Ernie Backwater (as 'Henry [Harry] Morgan')
- A Snare for Murder (1958) ... Fred Braus
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
George 'Bugs' Moran
- Doublecross (1962) ... George 'Bugs' Moran
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Al Everett
- Like My Own Brother (1962) ... Al Everett
 1962 How the West Was Won
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
 1962 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
- Operation: Mess (1962) ... Charlie
 1960-1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Pete Porter
- Continental Dinner (1962) ... Pete Porter
- The Expectant Gardener (1962) ... Pete Porter
- The Arrival (1962) ... Pete Porter
- The Case of the Gossipy Maid (1962) ... Pete Porter
- Step on Me (1962) ... Pete Porter
 1960 Cimarron
Jesse Rickey (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
 1960 The Mountain Road
Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
 1960 Inherit the Wind
Judge Mel Coffey
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Hermie Jenkins
- Anniversary Gift (1959) ... Hermie Jenkins
 1959 It Started with a Kiss
Charles Meriden (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
 1954-1959 December Bride (TV Series)
Pete Porter
- Bald Baby (1959) ... Pete Porter
- Lily Helps Twilly (1959) ... Pete Porter
- Linda on TV (1959) ... Pete Porter
- Lily Goes Fishing (1959) ... Pete Porter
- The Texan, Rory Calhoun (1959) ... Pete Porter
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Man of the House (1958)
 1957 Under Fire
Sgt. Joseph C. Dusak (as Henry Morgan)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mike Feeney
- The Marriage Broker (1957) ... Mike Feeney
 1956 The Teahouse of the August Moon
Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
 1953-1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Homer Byington
- Who Is Byington? (1956) ... Homer Byington
 1956 Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers (Documentary)
Pilot on Radio (voice, uncredited)
 1956 Star in the Dust
Lew Hogan
 1956 Backlash
Tony Welker
 1956 The Bottom of the Bottle
Felix - Barkeep (as Henry Morgan)
 1955 Not as a Stranger
 1955 Strategic Air Command
Sgt. Bible - Flight Engineer (as Henry Morgan)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Rev. Jeffrey Hallam / Jim Strait
- The Minister Story (1954) ... Rev. Jeffrey Hallam (as Henry Morgan)
- Plantation Story (1954) ... Jim Strait (as Henry Morgan)
 1954 The Far Country
Ketchum (as Henry Morgan)
 1954 About Mrs. Leslie
Fred Blue (as Henry Morgan)
 1954 Prisoner of War
Maj. O.D. Hale
 1954 The Forty-Niners
Alf Billings (as Henry Morgan)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
 1953 Torch Song
Joe Denner (as Henry Morgan)
 1953 Champ for a Day
Al Muntz (as Henry Morgan)
 1953 Arena
Lew Hutchins (as Henry Morgan)
 1953 Thunder Bay
Rawlings (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 The Devil and John Q (Short)
Abe Lincoln (uncredited)
 1952 Stop, You're Killing Me
Innocence (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 The Doctor (TV Series)
- The Red Wig (1952) ... (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 Toughest Man in Arizona
Verne Kimber (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 Apache War Smoke
Ed Cotten
 1952 Big Jim McLain
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1952 What Price Glory
Sgt. Moran (uncredited)
 1952 High Noon
Sam Fuller (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 My Six Convicts
Dawson (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 Bend of the River
Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 Scandal Sheet
Biddle (as Henry Morgan)
 1952 Boots Malone
Quarter Horse Henry (as Henry Morgan)
 1951 The Blue Veil
Charles Hall
 1951 The Well
Claude Packard (as Henry Morgan)
 1951 The Highwayman
Tim (as Henry Morgan)
 1951 When I Grow Up
Father Reed (modern) (as Henry Morgan)
 1951 Belle Le Grand
Abel Stone (as Henry Morgan)
 1950 Dark City
Soldier (as Henry Morgan)
 1950 The Showdown
Rod Main (as Henry Morgan)
 1950 Appointment with Danger
George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan)
 1950 The Amazing Mr. Malone (TV Movie)
 1950 Outside the Wall
Garth (as Henry Morgan)
 1949 Hello Out There (Short)
The Young Gambler
 1949 Holiday Affair
Police Lieutenant (as Henry Morgan)
 1949 Strange Bargain
Lt. Richard Webb (as Henry Morgan)
 1949 Red Light
Rocky (as Henry Morgan)
 1949 Madame Bovary
Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
 1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships
Britton (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 Yellow Sky
Half Pint (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 The Saxon Charm
Hermy (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 Moonrise
Billy Scripture (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 Race Street
Hal Towers (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 All My Sons
Frank Lubey (as Henry Morgan)
 1948 The Big Clock
Bill Womack (as Henry Morgan)
 1947 The Gangster
Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
 1946 Crime Doctor's Man Hunt
Jervis (uncredited)
 1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
Gus Rivers (as Henry Morgan)
 1946 Somewhere in the Night
Bath Attendant (as Henry Morgan)
 1946 Dragonwyck
Klaas Bleecker (as Henry Morgan)
 1946 Johnny Comes Flying Home
Joe Patillo (as Henry Morgan)
 1946 From This Day Forward
Hank Beesley (as Henry Morgan)
 1945 State Fair
Barker (as Henry Morgan)
 1945 A Bell for Adano
Capt. N. Purvis (as Henry Morgan)
 1944 Gentle Annie
Cottonwood Goss (as Henry Morgan)
 1944 Wing and a Prayer
Ens. Malcolm Brainard (as Henry Morgan)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan)
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark
Pvt. Shevlin (as Henry Morgan)
 1943 Happy Land
Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan)
 1943 Crash Dive
Brownie (as Henry Morgan)
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Art Croft (as Henry Morgan)
 1942 The Omaha Trail
Henchman Nat (as Henry Morgan)
 1942 Orchestra Wives
Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan)
 1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan)
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Harry Kurnitz's play, "The Reclining Figure," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, with Joe Boland in the cast. See more »

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Alternate Names:

'Henry [Harry] Morgan' | Henry 'Harry' Morgan | Henry {Harry} Morgan | Henry Morgan


5' 6" (1.68 m)


Barbara Bushman  (his death) | See more »


Morgan, Paul | See more »


Henry Bratsberg | Hannah Bratsberg


Rosemary Morgan (grandchild)

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Personal Quote:

I could never afford to go back to New York and the theater, what with a big family. I didn't really start out to be an actor. I just sort of fell into it. I've had a good career, a lot of laughs. I don't know if that's enough, but it beats coal mining. See more »


Traveled to Mt. Kisco, New York's Summer Stock Theater Company, where he met and acted frequently with Frances Farmer. See more »


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