Harry Morgan

American actor (1915–2011)

Harry Morgan (born as Harry Bratsburg, April 10, 1915 – January 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 the T.V. series Dragnet. He won an Emmy Award in 1980.

Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan 1975
Harry Bratsburg

(1915-04-10)April 10, 1915
DiedJanuary 7, 2011(2011-01-07) (aged 95)
Cause of deathPneumonia
Resting placeCremated
EducationMuskegon High School
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Occupation(s)Actor, director, writer
Years active1942 – 2002
TelevisionColonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H
Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet
Spouse(s)Eileen Detchon
(m. 1940–1985, she died)
Barbara Bushman
(m. 1986–2011, his death)

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 she died 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 January 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California from pneumonia, aged 95.[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 (January 7, 2011). "Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on 'M*A*S*H,' Dies at 95". The New York Times.

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