Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Calling Doctor Freedman

Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice; pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

Actor Allen Arbus died last Friday at age ninety-five. Although he was not part of the main cast, Arbus was an integral part of the television show M*A*S*H in the role of psychiatrist Doctor Sidney Freedman.

Before he became an actor Mr Arbus was a fashion photography and is credited with giving his wife Diane Arbus her first camera.

Back in 2006, in a bit of Hollywood surrealism, Modern Family actor Ty Burrell played Mr. Arbus in the film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

Allen Alda once said this about Mr. Arbus as Doctor Sidney Freedman, "I was so convinced that he was a psychiatrist, I used to sit and talk with him between scenes."

And that ability to make you believe, ladies and gentleman, is what makes a great actor.

His New York Times obit is here.

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