"He was firm. He was a good officer and he had a good sense of humor. I think it's the best part I ever had. I loved playing Colonel Potter."
About This Interview
Harry Morgan (1915-2011) was interviewed for three-and-a-half hours in Century City, CA. Morgan described his start in show business - acting in summer stock productions - which in turn led to his work in the Group Theater and his notable appearance in "Golden Boy" on Broadway. He talked about his move to Hollywood and how he landed a contract at Twentieth Century Fox in 1942. He spoke briefly about some of the movies he made, including How the West Was Won and High Noon and spoke of several directors for whom he worked. Morgan detailed his early work in television on shows December Bride, Pete and Gladys, and The Richard Boone Show, and recalled his role as "Officer Bill Gannon" on Dragnet opposite Jack Webb. He then recounted, in great detail, his experiences on the classic sitcom M*A*S*H, where he played "Col. Sherman T. Potter." He discussed the show's ensemble cast, the characters they played, the atmosphere on the set, and behind-the-scenes practical jokes. Henry Colman conducted the interview on April 14, 2004.