Sunday, December 11, 2011

The passing of a legend

We lost a legend this week, Harry Morgan. The affable commander of the 4077 M*A*S*H*. someone who many of us remember affectionately as Colonel Sherman Potter.

I go back a little further with Harry. i remember him from his days on Dragnet and his appearances in a number of legendary films that are highlighted on this clip. What a marvelous career and what a personable man. Having worked in the industry for over thirty years locally and having met a number of actors through the years, I came to realize long ago that we like and admire these people, because what you see on the screen is who they truly are for the most part.

They are just saying different words and wearing a different wardrobe in each incarnation, but beneath the grease paint remains the true spirit who is conveying the emotion on the screen. Harry Morgan was one such man. A humble spirit and a man who thoroughly enjoyed bringing his characters to life. And in doing so, he always instilled a large part of himself into each role. That spark that made it believable and sealed the deal was what makes the greats great.

The heavens are welcoming an old soul and a true piece of Americana today.

Semper Fidelis Harry and as the public address system said at the close of M*A*S*H* and the final episode. "That is all"

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