Harry Morgan, 96, died Wednesday, and to many of us he will be remembered as that brash, wry Col. Sherman Potter from M*A*S*H. He has a resume that goes back to 1942, working with the likes of Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.
He also worked with our friend and neighbor Mike Farrell on M*A*S*H, who offered Studio City Patch a few memories of Harry.
Harry was a wonderful man, a fabulous actor and a dear and close friend since the first day we worked together. As Alan said, "He did not have an unadorable bone in his body."
He was a treasure as a person, an imp at times, and always a true professional. He had worked with the greats and never saw himself as one of them. But he was. He was the rock everyone depended on and yet he could cut up like a kid when the situation warranted it.
He was the apotheosis, the finest example of what people call a 'character actor.' What he brought to the work made everyone better. He made those who are thought of as 'stars' shine even more brightly.
The love and admiration we all felt for him were returned tenfold in many, many ways. And the greatest and most selfless tribute to the experience we enjoyed was paid by Harry at the press conference when our show ended. He remarked that someone had asked him if working on M*A*S*H had made him a better actor. He responded by saying, "I don't know about that, but it made me a better human being."
It's hard to imagine a better one.
Check out the photo gallery above where we've put together of Mike and Harry and Alan Alda and some of the rest of the cast of M*A*S*H.
Also, here are some great obits and tributes of Harry Morgan. If you have any others, or memories or thoughts, please add them below.
* The Los Angeles Times Harry Morgan dies at 96; star of TV's 'MASH'