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Six Degrees of Harry Potter to Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H
Contest Hosted by Joe Crowe, August 08, 2002

Four Degrees:
Harry Potter stars Maggie Smith who was sadly in The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood with James Garner. Garner starred in The Great Escape with James Coburn. Coburn was in a sixties film called What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? with Col. Potter himself Harry Morgan. (theshape79@cox.net)

Harry Morgan played Colonel Potter, and appeared in the movie Dragnet with Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd appeared in Ghostbusters with Sigourney Weaver. She starred in Galaxy Quest with Alan Rickman, who portrays Harry Potter's nemesis, Professor Snape. (lyndisty@aol.com)

This week may be the largest number of entries that make it in three degrees that I have ever received. Corn on the cob for everyone!

Three Degrees:
Maggie Smith is in Harry Potter. She also stars in Sister Act 2 with James Coburn. Coburn is in What Did You Do During the War, Daddy? with Harry Morgan. Morgan is Col. Potter. (theshape79@cox.net)

Verne Troyer (Griphook in Harry Potter) was in Austin Powers: Goldmember with John Travolta (cameo). John Travolta was in Mad City with Alan Alda. Alan Alda starred in M*A*S*H, which featured beloved Colonel Sherman Potter. (findlayboy@yahoo.com)

Maggie Smith played the Headmistress in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She also was in The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with James Garner. James Garner played the Sheriff opposite Harry Morgan in 1969's Support Your Local Sheriff! Harry Morgan was Col. Potter. (c_calthrop@hotmail.com)

(Harry Morgan portrayed Col. Potter on M*A*S*H.) Harry Morgan was in the animated movie Flight of the Dragons (1982) with James Earl Jones, who was in Return of the Jedi with Warwick Davis, who was in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (2001). (naguscook@aol.com)

If you want to go through the TV series M*A*S*H, Harry Morgan was with Clint Eastwood way back in the '56 movie Star in the Dust.
And Eastwood got together with Richard Harris in Unforgiven. Harris being Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Going through the movie M*A*S*H, Robert Duvall was Major Frank Burns. Richard Harris was Dumbledore in Harry Potter, and they appeared
together and argue a lot in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway in '93. You can connect to the TV series in one more step, since Gary Burghoff
was in the TV series and the movie, putting him together with Robert Duvall and thus to Richard Harris.

Or, here's an easy three-stepper from the TV show M*A*S*H. Jamie Farr was in the TV series, and he was in the movie The Greatest Story Ever
with . . . well, just everyone in Hollywood. Who knew the Professor from Gilligan's Island was a scribe in biblical times? John Wayne a Roman Centurion? Or everyone's favorite Hollywood suspected killer du jour, Robert Blake, as Simon Zealotes? But in this case, let's just pick one—Charlton Heston, who then went on to star with Richard Harris in two flicks, Major Dundee in '65 and Wreck of the Mary Deare in '59. And Harris of course went on to play Albus Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter movie. (crow_steve@hotmail.com)

Two Mighty Degrees:
Harry Morgan was on Third Rock From The Sun. John Cleese guested on Third Rock several times, and played Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter. (ciaran_conliffe@hotmail.com)

Alan Alda of M*A*S*H appeared with Maggie Smith (Prof. MacGonagall) in the movie California Suite in 1978. (rocketgirl85@yahoo.com)

Well, to show that no depth is too deep . . . In Mickey's Magic Christmas—Snowed in at the House of Mouse, David Ogden Steirs (Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester of M*A*S*H) [note from Joe: And live-action shirtless Martian Manhunter! —end of note from Joe] did the voice of Cogsworth, and John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) did the Narrator. (elsofer@jonesday.com)

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