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Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan 1975
Born Harry Bratsburg
April 10, 1915(1915-04-10)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died December 7, 2011(2011-12-07) (aged 96)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Cremated
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education Muskegon High School
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Actor, director, writer
Years active 1942 – 2002
Home town Muskegon, Michigan
Television Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H
Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet
Spouse Eileen Detchon
(m. 1940–1985, divorced)
Barbara Bushman
(m. 1986–2011, his death)
Children 4

Harry Morgan (born as Harry Bratsburg, April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011) was an American actor. He was well known for his role in the M*A*S*H TV series as Colonel Sherman T. Potter and as Bill Gannon in Dragnent. He won an Emmy Award in 1980.

Morgan was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 10, 1915.[1] He was raised in Muskegon, Michigan. Morgan studied at Muskegon High School and at the University of Chicago.

He was married to Eileen Detchon from 1940 until they divorced in 1985. Then he was married to Barbara Bushman from 1986 until his death in 2011. He had four children. In December 1987 he was arrested for abusing his wife.[2] All charges were dropped.[3]

Morgan died on December 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California from pneumonia, aged 96.[4] His body was later cremated.


  1. United States Census for 1930; Census Place: Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan; Roll: 1014; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 830.0.
  2. Errico, Marcus (July 11, 1996). "Actor Harry Morgan Arrested". E!.
  3. "'MASH' Star's Abuse Case Is Dismissed". Los Angeles Times. June 26, 1997.
  4. Pollak, Michael (December 7, 2011). "Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 96". The New York Times.

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