M*A*S*H star Harry Morgan died Wednesday at the age of 96 at his Los Angeles home. He had recently been treated for pneumonia.
Morgan is best known for his television roles as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet and Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H. The last show of the M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" has became the most watched television episode in history, according to Bloomberg News.
Born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan he started university with the goal of a law degree. In his third year at the University of Chicago he began acting. Morgan's first film was To the Shores of Tripoli in 1942. He would go on to appear in more than 100 films ending his film career with Crosswalk in 1999.
In 2006 Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
While he was known for playing the officer with a heart on M*A*S*H Morgan's personal life was clouded with an incident in July 1997 of domestic violence. He was accused of injuring his second wife, Barbara Bushman Quine, with injuries to her eye, foot and arm during a 1996 beating. Morgan, then 82, completed a domestic violence counseling program resulting in the charges being dropped.
His first marriage to Eileen Detchon ended with her death in 1985. Her picture was a fixture on the set of M*A*S*H appearing on Potter's desk. The marriage produced four sons: Christopher, Charles, Paul, and Daniel (who died in 1989).