Col. Potter Did What?!
Long after M*A*S*H went off the air, actor Harry Morgan made headlines again, but it wasn’t because of his role as Col. Sherman Potter. It wasn’t even related to acting, in fact. In 1996, Morgan was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery and faced up to one year in jail and/or a $6,000 fine.
Aged 81 at the time, Morgan was accused of beating his 70-year-old wife Barbara, to whom he’d been married for a decade. Responding to a 911 call, police arrived at the Morgan’s house, to find a battered Barbara and to arrest Morgan, who was later released on a $5,000 bail.
Father Mulcahy’s Real-Life Blessings
William Christopher appeared on M*A*S*H as Father Mulcahy, the chaplain of the 4077th. After M*A*S*H, Christopher devoted much of his spare time to autism awareness. The cause is something very close to him, as his adopted son Ned was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder back then.
Christopher frequently worked with the National Autistic Society, helping them make public service announcements to bring autism awareness to the public during the ’80s. Christopher and his wife published Mixed Blessings in 1985, which details their experiences in raising Ned. Sadly, Christopher died in 2016, but it’s safe to say he’d be proud of the strides autism awareness has made today.