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'M*A*S*H' Actor Dies: Allan Arbus Who Played Psychiatrist Gave Up Photography for Acting

Image: 'M*A*S*H' Actor Dies: Allan Arbus Who Played Psychiatrist Gave Up Photography for Acting 2007 photo of actor/photographer Allan Arbus, left, and his daughter, author/photographer Amy Arbus.

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 03:40 PM

By Newsmax Wires


Best known for his role as Army psychiatrist Sidney Freedman on the 1970s hit television series "M*A*S*H," veteranactor Allan Arbus passed away from congestive heart failure at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 95.

"At 95, doctors didn't want to do surgery and Allan didn't want it at all," Costello Arbus, an actress who married Arbus in 1976, told Reuters.

"He just slowed down," she said. "He just got weaker and weaker and was at home with his daughter and me."

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Arbus, who once was married to the late photographer Diane Arbus, gave up his photography for acting.

His first major acting role came as Christ-like figure Jesse in director Robert Downey Sr.'s 1972 cult film "Greaser's Palace," which also starred the director's young son, Robert Downey Jr.

Arbus shot to prominence in the role of the acerbic psychiatrist Sidney Freedman on "M*A*S*H" in 1973, a year after the Korean War comedy-drama began.

Arbus' final credited television role was in an episode of comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in 2000, according to Hollywood database IMDB.com.

Arbus was born in 1918 in New York and began his career as a photographer in the 1940s and served as an U.S. Army photographer during World War II.

In 1941, he married Diane Nemerov - who later earned artistic acclaim for her photos of marginalized people. The couple started a photography studio together which shot photos for magazines Vogue and Glamour, among others.

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The couple separated in 1959 and divorced a decade later. Diane Arbus committed suicide in 1971.

Arbus is survived by his three children; Amy Arbus and Doon Arbus from his first marriage and Arin Arbus from his second.

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