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The Late Movies: Colonel Sherman T. Potter

By now, you’ve heard that actor Harry Morgan died on Wednesday at age 96. Morgan had over 150 acting credits, but his best known role was as the commanding officer of M*A*S*H 4077 in the hit TV series from 1975 to 1983. Colonel Potter, the fictional character, has his own biography at the M*A*S*H wiki. Here are a few of his notable moments.

Colonel Steele

I once told about Harry Morgan’s earlier role in M*A*S*H, in which he appeared with Colonel Bblake, as General Bradford Steele, and the person I was talking to thought I was crazy. But I’m not nearly as crazy as General Steele! They must have liked Morgan’s performance, because they brought him back as Potter a year later.
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Colonel Potter Joins M*A*S*H 4077

Colonel Sherman T. Potter was brought in to replace the departing Colonel Henry Blake, who was sent home, only to die on the way. From the beginning, Potter was a completely different type of commander. He was “regular Army.”
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Drinking and Singing

Before long, the personable side of Potter became apparent. “There’s a Long Long Trail A-Winding” is a World War I song, here sung by Colonel Potter, Hawkeye, and B.J.
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Colonel Potter vs. Colonel Flagg

Potter isn’t going to take nonsense from a nutso intelligence agent.
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The Shmoo

Everyone knows Colonel Potter’s favorite comic strip was Li’l Abner.
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This Stupid War

The endless parade of misery gets to everyone sooner or later. Colonel Potter was also dealing with growing old and seeing his peer group die off.
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Great Caesar’s Salad

The Colonel had the most imaginative curses, and all of them were OK for network TV. Harry Morgan made them believable.
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The Punch Line

Potter always had the perfect comeback!
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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

Colonel Potter says his farewells in the final episode of M*A*S*H. Then he rode off into the sunset.
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Rest in Peace, Colonel.


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