Photographer-turned-actor passed away on April 19, 2013
The M*A*S*H star Allan Arbus died on April 19, 2013, at the age of 95. The Guardian reports. Arbus played the role of the psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman. His co-star Alan Alda credited Arbus’ dedicated approach to the role with helping both viewers and fellow actors to “believe some of the stresses our characters were under.”
For some time, Allan was married to the photographer Diane Arbus. Even after they split, they remained close, though Diane took her own life in 1971, two years after they split. He had met Diane after taking a job at a department store as a teenager; they shared a love of photography and he bought Diane her first camera. After the war, it was Diane’s father that had funded their ambition to open a photography studio, where they became successful fashion photographers. After they separated in 1959, Allan began taking acting lessons from Mira Rostova. His first, uncredited role came in Hey, Let’s Twist!
Arbus went on to start in several movies and TV programmes yet it was M*A*S*H that came to define his career. His final TV appearance came in 2000, when he appeared in the Larry David comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is survived by his second wife Mariclare Costello as well as their daughter Arin and his daghters Doon and Amy from his marriage to Diane.
The actor, who enjoyed a long and productive career after moving from fashion to film, passed away last week.
Allan Arbus, the actor best known for playing the psychiatrist Maj. Sydney Freidman on the popular TV show M*A*S*H*, died last Friday at his home in Los Angeles. Arbus was 95. In 1969, Arbus left the successful fashion photography business he had created with his then ex-wife and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Since then, he has gone on to star in films like “Coffy” and “Crossroads” and was a TV regular during the 1970s and ’80s, appearing on “Taxi,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Matlock” and other shows. However, his most notable role by far was on M*A*S*H* where he played a remarkably witty and at the same time, believable therapist. Alan Alda, who played Capt. Hawkeye Pierce on the series, recalls Arbus thusly:
“I was so convinced that he was a psychiatrist I used to sit and talk with him between scenes,” Mr. Alda said in an interview with the Archive of American Television. “After a couple months of that I noticed he was giving me these strange looks, like ‘How would I know the answer to that?’”
Mr Arbus’s last role was on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2000. The announcement of his death was made by his daughter, Amy Arbus, last week. He is survived by his second wife, Mariclare Costello and their two daughters.
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