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Harry Morgan, right, is pictured with some of his co-stars on MASH before Morgan's first season on the TV show. Morgan died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2011 at his home in Los Angeles. (Photo from CBS Television via Wikimedia Commons.)

Character actor Harry Morgan, 96, died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

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He was perhaps most well-known for two roles, Colonel Sherman Potter on the long-running TV show MASH, as well as Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet.

But he had other roles. In fact, he appeared in more than 100 movies playing all manors of characters, heroes and villains. He was also in a some half-dozen other TV shows over the course of his career.

And that's probably what's he best known for, the 4077th's Col. Potter. He won an Emmy for that role in 1980.

Morgan was born on April 10, 1915, in Detroit, and was named Harry Bratsburg. He changed his name in the 1940s when he first got into performing.

Mike Farrell, who played Captain B.J. Honeycutt on MASH, tried to get Morgan a life-time achievement award, according to the Associated Press. He said, though they often go to stars, they also often go to character actors like Morgan with "the grit and the substance and the context." 

"Harry has been that, par excellence, for many years," he said to the AP.

Morgan's family said that he had recently been treated for pneumonia.