Post by Mike Spadoni on Apr 23, 2013 23:38:23 GMT 1
Actor Allan Arbus, known to M*A*S*H fans as wise and wisecracking psychiatrist Sidney Freedman, died April 19th. His daughter Amy tells the "New York Times" the 95-year-old Arbus passed away at his Los Angeles home. A cause of death was not released. The New York City native was a photographer while serving in the Army during World War II, but left the successful fashion photography business he and his wife started to concentrate on acting. He appeared in 70 roles on both television and film, but it was his turn as Sidney Freedman (starting in 1973) that endeared him to fans of the TV version of M*A*S*H. Arbus appeared in 12 episodes of the long-running CBS series, including the 1983 finale that became the most-watched episode in U.S. television history. Arbus was to have become a regular character during the final seasons of M*A*S*H, but chose to remain an occasional--and welcome--guest actor. Alan Arbus' married his first wife Diane in 1941. They divorced in 1969; Diane Arbus took her own life at the age of 48 in 1971. Nicole Kidman portrayed her in the 2006 film "Fur," which also featured future "Modern Family" co-star Ty Burrell as Alan Arbus. He is survived by his second wife Mariclare Costello and three daughters.
Alan Arbus may have appeared in just a dozen M*A*S*H episodes, but he made the role of psychiatrist Sidney Freedman his own--as these scenes prove: