Allan Arbus RIP

allan arbus

Paging Dr. Sidney Freedman. We need one last consultation.

Sad news today: Allan Arbus, longtime character actor best known for a recurring role as Sidney, the wry psychiatrist on “M.A.S.H.” has passed away.

Arbus, who starred in cult classics like “Greaser’s Palace,” was 95. That 1972 film was directed by Robert Downey Sr. The elder Downey also directed him in “Putney Swope.”

I remember Arbus best from “The Electric Horseman,” the Robert Redford film, besides his 12 episodes of “M.A.S.H.”

I didn’t know until I read his obit that Arbus was married, from 1941 to 1969, to photographer Diane Arbus.

Rest in peace, Mr. Arbus.

 

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