Allan Arbus has died at the age of 95. You might best remember him as the psychiatrist Maj. Sydney Freedman on M*A*S*H. What amazes me is that he was 95. When M*A*S*H ended 30+ years ago, Arbus looked like he was in his 40s or 50s when in fact he was already in his 60s. Would you believe that he was only 2 years younger than Harry Morgan (Col. Potter)? Crazy right?
Alan Alda (Hawkeye) said of Arbus in an interview with the Archive of American Television that “I was so convinced that he was a psychiatrist that I used to sit and talk with him between scenes.” Alda was not the only one who saw Arbus as a doctor. Hollywood directors saw him that way too as he played a doctor in 13 different roles in movies and on TV.
RIP Allan Arbus. I leave you with what I think is his best moment from M*A*S*H.