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Michigan born actor, Harry Morgan dies at 96

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Publicity photo of some M*A*S*H cast members in 1975 (the year Morgan joined the show. Alan Alda (left), Mike Farrell (center) and Harry Morgan (right).

Actor Harry Morgan, most famous for his role as Col. Sherman Potter on the hit television show M*A*S*H, died today at 96.


Morgan was born as "Harry Bratsburg" in 1915 in Detroit.

His father, Henry Bratsburg, worked for the Rickenbacker Motor Company. The family later moved to Muskegon, Michigan.

Before discovering acting, Morgan was studying to become a lawyer. While he was a junior in Muskegon High School, Morgan won the statewide debating championship at an event in Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.

After dropping out of the University of Chicago for financial reasons, Morgan worked for  an office supply company in Muskegon. The company sent Morgan to Washington D.C. where he discovered acting in a civic theater. The rest is history.

You can hear more about Morgan's life from Morgan himself: