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Allan Arbus obituary

Character actor who played the psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman in the TV comedy M*A*S*H

The long-running Us television comedy M*A*S*H, set during the Korean war, was often perceived as an allegorical look at the Vietnam war, which was still being fought when it began in 1972. But the television show focused less on the specific mindsets of Vietnam which had driven the nihilistic Robert Altman film on which it was based, and in tone was much closer to Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22, with its comedic take on the intrinsic absurdity of war.

No character brought that home more clearly than Major Sidney Freedman, the psychiatrist who appeared in 12 episodes over the show's 11-year run. Freedman was played by Allan Arbus, who has died aged 95. His approach to the mental health of the soldiers, and medics, at the 4077th mobile army surgical hospital unit relied
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Allan Arbus obituary

Character actor who played the psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman in the TV comedy M*A*S*H

The long-running Us television comedy M*A*S*H, set during the Korean war, was often perceived as an allegorical look at the Vietnam war, which was still being fought when it began in 1972. But the television show focused less on the specific mindsets of Vietnam which had driven the nihilistic Robert Altman film on which it was based, and in tone was much closer to Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22, with its comedic take on the intrinsic absurdity of war.

No character brought that home more clearly than Major Sidney Freedman, the psychiatrist who appeared in 12 episodes over the show's 11-year run. Freedman was played by Allan Arbus, who has died aged 95. His approach to the mental health of the soldiers, and medics, at the 4077th mobile army surgical hospital unit relied
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

'M*A*S*H' star Allan Arbus dies in his home at age 95

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Actor and former fashion photographer Allan Arbus has died. He was 95.

Arbus' daughter Amy Arbus confirmed the news to The New York Times. She says the "M*A*S*H" actor died in his Los Angeles home on April 19. No cause of death was given.

Before he became a television staple, Arbus and his then-wife Diane were best known for their fashion photography business. They separated before Arbus' acting career took off, and he went on to marry Mariclare Costello in 1977. Though Diane committed suicide in 1971, her work continues to be shown in museums.

In addition to playing psychiatrist Major Freedman in "M*A*S*H," Arbus had roles in "Greaser's Palace," "Coffy," "The Electric Horseman" and "Crossroads." At the turn of the millennium, he ended his career on TV shows like "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Arbus is survived by Mariclare and his daughters Amy, Doon and Arin.
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'M*A*S*H' Star Dies At 95

'M*A*S*H' Star Dies At 95
"M*A*S*H" actor Allan Arbus died on Friday at the age of 95.

The actor's daughter, Amy, confirmed Allan's death to the New York Times on Tuesday. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, April 19.

Arbus' cause of death was related to complications of congestive heart failure, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"At 95, doctors didn't want to do surgery and Allan didn't want it at all," his second wife, Mariclare Costello Arbus, told Reuters. "He just slowed down. He just got weaker and weaker and was at home with his daughter and me."

Arbus was best known for playing psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the CBS hit series, "M*A*S*H," running from 1972 to 1983, the Hollywood Reporter notes. Since then, he made appearances in shows like "Matlock," "Law & Order," "Mad About You," "NYPD Blue" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Prior to entering the acting biz,
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'M*A*S*H' Star Who Played Psychiatrist Dies

'M*A*S*H' Star Who Played Psychiatrist Dies
Allan Arbus -- who was best known for portraying the sarcastic psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman on the popular '70s comedy series M*A*S*H -- has died at age 95.

Allan's daughter Amy confirmed to the New York Times that her father died Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

Related: M*A*S*H Star Harry Morgan Dies 

In addition to M*A*S*H, Arbus appeared on countless classic TV shows including Taxi, The Odd Couple, Starsky & Hutch and Matlock. In more recent years, he had guest-starred on Judging Amy, NYPD Blue and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But he became most famous for his role as Freedman on M*A*S*H, despite only appearing in about a dozen episodes of the series.

Before his acting career, Arbus worked with his wife Diane Arbus (maiden name Nemerov), who became a famous photographer in her own right. Their photography business ended up securing contracts with major
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'M*A*S*H' actor Allan Arbus dies, aged 95

'M*A*S*H' actor Allan Arbus dies, aged 95
Allan Arbus has died, aged 95.

The veteran actor was perhaps best known for his role of psychiatrist Dr Sidney Freedman on the 1970s TV series M*A*S*H.

He passed away on Friday (April 19) at his Los Angeles home, his daughter Amy Arbus told The New York Times.

He had many roles on TV, including appearances in Matlock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order and Judging Amy.

In film, he also starred in the likes of Scream, Pretty Peggy, Wc Fields and Me and Damien: Omen II. His character kills a young Robert Downey Jr in the 1972 movie Greaser's Palace.

Allan was married to the notable photographer Diane Arbus until their separation in 1956. However, they remained friends until her suicide in 1971.

He was also a credible photographer himself during his time with the Us Army, before setting up a business with Diane.

Nicole Kidman portrayed Diane Arbus in the 2006 movie Fur,
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M*A*S*H Actor Allan Arbus Dies at 95

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M*A*S*H Actor Allan Arbus Dies at 95
Allan Arbus, best known for his dozen appearances as the sarcastic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the '70s series M*A*S*H, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, his daughter, photographer Amy Arbus, told The New York Times. He was 95. In addition to numerous roles on TV and in movies, from Matlock and Curb Your Enthusiasm (in 2000) to Cinderella Liberty and Damien: Omen II, the New York City native, during his military service in the army, had been a photographer - as was, notably, his wife, Diane Arbus. The two met when Allan was an employee in
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'Let's Scare Jessica to Death' Movie Review

by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

Based on the short story “Carmilla” by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) is a low-budget horror film directed by John D. Hancock (Bang the Drum Slowly {1973}). It stars Zohra Lampert as Jessica, a woman who was recently released from a mental institution. Jessica, her husband Duncan (Barton Heyman) and family friend Woody (Kevin O’Connor) move to a country farmhouse on an island in Connecticut. Their reception by the residents of the small town is a cool and strange one, but doesn’t put them off. Upon their arrival at the farmhouse, the trio meets a squatting hippie named Emily (Mariclare Costello), whom they allow to stay the night. Emily suggests they have a séance and as a result, Jessica begins to hear voices.

Ultimately Emily is asked to stay indefinitely and Jessica begins to experience more strange happenings. The
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