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On M*A*S*H, Harry Morgan starred as Col. Potter, a firm but kindly man in charge.

He was not the first choice to command the fictional hospital. The show, based on a book and film, first went on the air in 1972 with McLean Stevenson as Lt. Col. Blake. Morgan appeared as an eccentric general in an episode in 1974, and was nominated for an Emmy. The next season he replaced Stevenson, won an Emmy in 1980, and stayed through the finale in 1983 — one of the most-watched entertainment episodes in American television history.

"'M*A*S*H' was so damned good," Morgan later said in an interview with the AP. "I didn't think they could keep the level so high."

Morgan starred in several television movies including 1988's "14 Going on 30" in which he reunited with his M*A*S*H co-star Swit.

In July 1997, Morgan was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery after a confrontation with his wife, Barbara Morgan, at their home. The charges were later dropped after Morgan completed a six-month counseling program for domestic violence and anger management.

Morgan died at the age of 96 in 2011. He had three sons, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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