Harry “Henry” Morgan has passed away at 96.
In a way, Morgan had two careers. To most of us who own televisions, he’s an icon, due to Dragnet and M*A*S*H. But before that, and this is where he plugs into this blog, he was a top notch character actor, with a list of credits any actor’d be jealous of. In 50s Westerns alone, he appears in some of the genre’s best: Bend Of The River (1952), High Noon (1952) and The Far Country (1954, pictured above) — along with a couple of smaller pictures that are personal favorites, The Showdown (1950) and Star In The Dust (1956). He’d already done The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, below) and Yellow Sky (1948). And he’d add Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and The Shootist (1976) to his credits before he was finished.
An incredible body of work. And remember, that’s just the Westerns.
Morgan is one of those actors that though I know who he is and am always excited when he turns up in something, I quickly forget I’m watching a performance — he’s always real. I’m no actor, but I imagine pulling that off in a character part’s shorter screen time is a real accomplishment.