Allan Arbus, who played wise-cracking psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the long-running war comedy "M*A*S*H," died at his Los Angeles home on Friday, the New York Times reports. Arbus was 95.
Born Feb. 15, 1918 in New York City, Arbus began his career as a fashion photographer, working with his wife Diane Arbus (nee Nemerov), shooting photos for magazines including Glamour and Vogue. (Arbus also served as an Army Signal Corps photographer in World War II.)
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Diane dissolved their business partnership in 1956 in order to focus on her portraits of marginalized people, while Allan carried on with fashion photography while exploring acting. The pair separated in 1959 and divorced a decade later; Diane Arbus killed herself in 1971.
Arbus later remarried, wedding Mariclare Costello (pictured with Arbus at left) in 1976. She survives him, along with his three daughters.
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Arbus was a regular TV presence in the 1970s and '80s, appearing on series such as "Taxi," "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Rockford Files," but he was best-known for playing Freedman on "M*A*S*H." Though he only appeared in a dozen episodes of the series from 1973 to 1983, Arbus was one of the show's more notable recurring guests, as the psychiatrist who dispensed mental healing along with one-liners. Freedman played a prominent role in the 1983 series finale, as he treated central character Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce for a nervous breakdown.
Arbus's last television appearance was in a 2000 episode of the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
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