The 2011 Year-End Special issue of Entertainment Weekly included a lengthy section on “The Late Greats,” in which actors, musicians, directors and others who died during 2011 were remembered by those closest to them. One of the celebrities commemorated was Harry Morgan, by Loretta Swit. If you don’t have a copy of the actual magazine, a slideshow is available at EW.com. Here’s what Swit had to say about Morgan, who passed away on December 7th:
Harry…my very dear, close friend…the best colleague you could hope for…an accomplished, committed actor, humble to the extreme, possessed of a brilliant mind, a dazzling sense of humor coupled with impeccable timing… the quintessential colleague, able to lift your spirits with laughter during those long, late hours on the set…often my father figure…ever a mensch… always my ”comrade-in-arms.”…
How blessed I am to have had you in my life all this time.
And now, I find myself using the words from the ”Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” finale of M*A*S*H. Harry and I needed more than just a few takes during our goodbye scene. We could not stop the tears. ”Goodbye, Margaret,” Colonel Potter says. ”Don’t forget to have a happy life.” Margaret says: ”You dear, sweet man…I’ll never forget you.”
Even more so from me, dear Harry, dear friend. I take comfort in knowing that you knew how very much I loved you.