Harry Morgan had one heck of a run in this world. He lived to 96. He acted alongside many of the giants of 40s, 50s and 60s movie acting, including Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy and Jimmy Stewart. He co-starred on two of the most iconic TV shows of all time, as Joe Friday's partner Bill Gannon in the '60s revival of "Dragnet," then as Col. Sherman T. Potter for the final eight seasons of "M*A*S*H," winning an Emmy along the way for the latter role...
...Ken Levine was one of the head writers on "M*A*S*H" for several of Morgan's seasons, and also wrote for "AfterMASH." Asked for his take on Morgan, he wrote to me, "As funny as he was on camera, he was funnier off. Wonderful dry wit. I was always in awe of Harry. He could read a scene once, have it completely memorized, and perform it perfectly take after take. And then compliment a callow 26 year-old writer who wrote it and couldn't believe the great Harry Morgan was even in the same room, much less reading his words. Fortunately, through television, Harry will live on forever."
(Coincidentally writing about Morgan on his blog a few weeks ago, Levine also noted his agelessness, saying, "It’s no surprise he’s a young 96. He’s been a young senior citizen for 70 years." Ken also posted some longer thoughts on Morgan a few minutes ago.)
Rest in peace, Harry Morgan. We salute you.