Harry Morgan remembered: Mike Farrell pays tribute to his ‘M*A*S*H’ co-star

December 8, 2011

View Photo Gallery: Morgan — the Emmy Award-winning actor best known for playing the no-nonsense-but-kind Col. Sherman T. Potter on TV’s beloved “M*A*S*H” — died at age 96.

Veteran character actor Harry Morgan, best known for playing Col. Sherman T. Potter on the iconic CBS show “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday. He was 96.

In a statement to the press, Mike Farrell — who played 4077 surgeon B.J. Hunnicutt — said Morgan “was a wonderful man, a fabulous actor and a dear and close friend since the first day we worked together. As Alan [Alda] said, ‘He did not have an unadorable bone in his body.’”

The rest of his statement is printed below.

He was a treasure as a person, an imp at times, and always a true professional. He had worked with the greats and never saw himself as one of them. But he was,” Farrell said. “He was the rock everyone depended on and yet he could cut up like a kid when the situation warranted it.

He was the apotheosis, the finest example of what people call a ‘character actor.’ What he brought to the work made everyone better. He made those who are thought of as ‘stars’ shine even more brightly.

The love and admiration we all felt for him were returned tenfold in many, many ways. And the greatest and,most selfless tribute to the experience we enjoyed was paid by Harry at the press conference when our show ended. He remarked that someone had asked him if working on M*A*S*H had made him a better actor. He responded by saying, “I don’t know about that, but it made me a better human being.”

It’s hard to imagine a better one.

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