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Allan Arbus, 95, wisecracking psychiatrist Sidney Freedman on ‘M*A*S*H’

FILE – APRIL 23:  Actor Allan Arbus best known for his character Maj. Sidney Freedman TV series MASH has

FILE – APRIL 23: Actor Allan Arbus, best known for his character Maj. Sidney Freedman in the TV series MASH, has died April 19, 2013 in Los Angeles. He was 95. He had formerly been married to photographer Diane Arbus. UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 19: Actor Allan Arbus and Actress Loretta Swit onstage at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on April 19, 2009 in Unversal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Updated: May 28, 2013 7:39PM

LOS ANGELES — Allan Arbus, who played the wise — and wisecracking — psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV’s “M*A*S*H,” has died at age 95.

Mr. Arbus’ daughter Arin told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that her father died of congestive heart failure at his L.A. home Friday.

Mr. Arbus didn’t begin acting until his 40s. He was a television regular who appeared on several series but was best known as Freedman, who counseled shell-shocked army surgeons on a dozen episodes of “M*A*S*H” between 1973 and 1983.

Before turning to Hollywood, the New York-born Mr. Arbus had a successful career as a fashion photographer.

After World War II, he started a studio with then-wife Diane Arbus. She would go on to become one of the most renowned art photographers of the 20th century.


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