Vale: Allan Arbus
Allan Arbus, best known as psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman on MASH, has died, aged 95.
Arbus died on April 19th in Los Angeles.
During his career he appeared in shows such as The Mod Squad, The Rockford Files, The Odd Couple, Hawaii Five-O, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy and Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was his last TV appearance in 2000. He also appeared in films including The Electric Horseman, The Last Married Man in America and Damien: Omen II.
But his most well-known role was in a dozen episodes of MASH as the liberal psychiatrist who had a zinger for every patient.
Allan Alda said he found Arbus so convincing that he often opened up to him. “I was so convinced that he was a psychiatrist I used to sit and talk with him between scenes,” Alda told the Archive of American Television.
In his final MASH appearance in 1983 he told the 4077th’s beleaguered staff, “Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice; pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”