Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Allan Arbus, R.I.P.

My family always watched M*A*S*H when I was growing up. I think it's one of the greatest TV shows ever and Allan Arbus was great as Dr. Freedman. Rest in peace.

From USA Today --

Allan Arbus, known to many of us at the psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman from M*A*S*H, has died at age 95.

The actor, who was married to photographer Diane Arbus, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles, reports The New York Times.

Arbus, who was born in New York, was a TV regular in the 1970s and '80s, appearing on Taxi, Starsky & Hutch, Matlock and other shows. But it was his M*A*S*H character that became his best-known role.

But before he turned to acting, he married Diane Nemerov in 1941 and became passionate about photography. In 1946, they established a studio on West 54th Street for fashion photography and soon won a contract from Condé Nast to supply photos for magazines including Glamour and Vogue.

The couple separated in 1959 and divorced in 1969, when Allan Arbus moved to Los Angeles. Diane committed suicide in 1971. In 1976, Arbus married Mariclare Costello. She survives him, as do his two daughters from his first marriage, Amy and Doon; and a daughter from his second marriage, Arin Arbus, according to the Times.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just seen him on a past Odd Couple episode. As a friend of Felix he hypnotized Oscar into becoming a neat freak. Allan had a distinct voice.
my sympathy goes out to his family & friends.