Sunday, May 05, 2013

RIP Allan Arbus 1918-2013

"But his best-known role was Major Freedman, the liberal psychiatrist who appeared in a dozen episodes of “M*A*S*H.” He treated wounds of the psyche much as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce treated surgery patients: with a never-ending string of zingers." (NYTimes)
Charlie Brown had Lucy, Elliot Carlin had Bob Hartley and Hawkeye Pearce had Sidney Freedman. I have lovely memories of watching M*A*S*H with my family as a child. Allan Arbus who sadly passed away last month at the age of 95 was an exceptional actor, a passionate photographer (as was his famous wife Diane 1923-1971) and portrayed Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H. Sidney Freedman was the resident shrink at the 4077th. Every time Arbus appeared on screen I was spellbound: the man could deliver a line like no one else. It didn't feel like acting—he became Sidney Freedman. Watch Alan Alda's take on Arbus' portrayal of Dr. Freedman below:

A montage of Allan Arbus on M*A*S*H:

RIP Allan Arbus.

PS: For more information on acclaimed photographer Diane Arbus please visit Artsy for their comprehensive look at the artist's life and career, including: over 18 of her works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date exhibition listings. Artsy is a website dedicated to making "the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection".

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