“Forgotten Hollywood”- Harry Morgan was a Prolific Actor…

Posted on December 8, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Harry Morgan, the busy actor in motion pictures and television, has died. He was cast in over 100 films, and co-starred in many television programs throughout its Golden Age.

   Morgan began acting on stage in 1937 when he joined the Group Theatre in New York. He  had a small part in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy. He appeared in a number of successful Broadway roles alongside such other players as Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, and Karl Malden.

   In 1942, Morgan made his screen debut in To the Shores of Tripoli. What followed was a slew of important roles in cinema. Orchestra Wives, The Ox-Bow Incident, State Fair, A Bell for AdanoDragonwyck, The Big Clock, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, Madame Bovary, Bend of the River, High Noon, The Far Country, remakes of What Price Glory and Cimarron, Thunder Bay, The Glenn Miller StoryThe Teahouse of the August Moon, Strategic Air Command, Pete Kelly’s Blues, Inherit the Wind, How the West Was Won, and The Shootist; plus the Support Your Local Sheriff and The Apple Dumpling Gang film-series scratch the surface of memorable performances Morgan delivered in movies.

   For the modern generation of television viewers, he was visible on December Bride, and its spinoff, Pete and Gladys; and notably, as Bill Gannon on Dragnet, and Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H. The versatile character actor finally retired from performing well into his eighties.

   In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy for his role on M*A*S*H.  He was officially inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2006.

   In a bit of irony, the patriotic actor died on the same day the US honored the memory of those who fought during Pearl Harbor.

   Harry Morgan was 96.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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