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'M*A*S*H' star Allan Arbus dead at 95
TVGuide ^ | April 23, 2013

Posted on 04/23/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Allan Arbus, who played psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on "M*A*S*H," died Friday at home in Los Angeles, his daughter Amy confirmed to The New York Times. He was 95.

Abrus, who had served as a military photography in the Army and ran a fashion photography business before becoming an actor, was so convincing in his role as Maj. Freedman, that co-star Alan Alda often found himself opening up to Arbus.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/04/23/mash-allan-arbus-dead-at-95/#ixzz2RJSqWJIN

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KEYWORDS: arbus; death; majsidneyfreedman; mash; obit; obituary; sidneyfreedman
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1 posted on 04/23/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

95, wow. He was great as Sydney Freedman


2 posted on 04/23/2013 11:37:27 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow! he didn’t seem that old back on the series. What a great long life he had. RIP......


3 posted on 04/23/2013 11:38:20 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: ConservativeStatement
...Alan Alda often found himself opening up to Arbus.

Alan Alda was, is and always will be an idiot. Nice to see it confirmed. RIP Mr. Arbus. I liked your character.

4 posted on 04/23/2013 11:38:23 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Damn, wrong Alan...


5 posted on 04/23/2013 11:38:48 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice”


6 posted on 04/23/2013 11:39:35 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: ConservativeStatement

7 posted on 04/23/2013 11:40:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Cyber Liberty
I always thought that could have been a good show without Alda ruining it with his snarky, preachy, leftism. He was like a feminine Rachel Maddow.
8 posted on 04/23/2013 11:40:39 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: woweeitsme

You beat me to it! lol


9 posted on 04/23/2013 11:40:50 AM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: woweeitsme

beat me by 45 secs


10 posted on 04/23/2013 11:40:57 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: ConservativeStatement
...psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman

One of the all-time great characters. Arbus was a terrific actor, and I am surprised he was as old as he was.
RIP, sir.

11 posted on 04/23/2013 11:42:15 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: ConservativeStatement

I suspect his SF initials were no accident...


12 posted on 04/23/2013 11:42:17 AM PDT by Archytekt
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Didn’t know he was that old.


13 posted on 04/23/2013 11:42:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeStatement

Talented guy. RIP.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 11:43:31 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I hear you on Alda, but the scenes between Hawkeye and Sidney in the final episode were some gut wrenching stuff.


15 posted on 04/23/2013 11:43:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C. Edmund Wright

16 posted on 04/23/2013 11:44:06 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ncfool

MASH was 35-40 years ago. He did look mid-fifties when he was on.

It’s about right.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 11:45:22 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He was a great actor but his MASH character was a wet blanket.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 11:46:08 AM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: Puppage

“Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.”


19 posted on 04/23/2013 11:46:56 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Jonty30

Harry Morgan was born two years earlier than Arbus, Colonel Potter looked much older than Friedman.


20 posted on 04/23/2013 11:47:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeStatement
Damn .. clicked this thread in hopes you'd just hosed the spelling in the headline.

RIP Mr.Arbus

21 posted on 04/23/2013 11:48:40 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“I’m not going out there without a bullet-proof couch.”

Great actor. Maybe my favorite character on MASH. I had no idea he had been married to Diane Arbus.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 11:49:06 AM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: dfwgator

Yes he does. Harry Morgan looked like he was about 70 in the show.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 11:49:19 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: dfwgator

And yet Klinger stayed in Korea.


24 posted on 04/23/2013 11:50:14 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: dfwgator

That may be due to Harry not being able to use Just for Men on his scalp. :)


25 posted on 04/23/2013 11:50:26 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Cyber Liberty

IIRC his chracter became so popular he was put in the final show even though he wasn’t a regular.


26 posted on 04/23/2013 11:52:18 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: dfwgator

True enough. Alda was directing all the shows by then, I believe. And Hawkeye going off his nut was a pretty predictable plot device. I really didn’t like the final episode very much.


27 posted on 04/23/2013 11:53:01 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

He also did an underground movie called Putney Swope in the late 60’s about a black radical who gets himself elected Chairman of the Board at a Madison Avenue ad agency. (”We all voted for Swope. We each thought nobody else would!)


28 posted on 04/23/2013 11:54:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ConservativeStatement
I remember Arbus not just from MASH but also from horror movies. He was always a supporting actor and got killed many times.

As for Alda, I know he's a liberal but I've always liked him in movies. I absolutely loved him in Crimes and Misdemeanors.

29 posted on 04/23/2013 11:57:07 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Yeah. I also remember him from the Pam Grier blaxploitation flick “Coffy.” He plays the complete Anti-Sidney in that one, and Grier shoots him at the end.


30 posted on 04/23/2013 12:00:02 PM PDT by YourAdHere (January 20, 2017!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He was one of my faves great character had no idea he was that old Alan Alda can go suck barnacles of the queen mary for all i care


31 posted on 04/23/2013 12:00:04 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Didn’t know that. I can hear him saying that quote!

He didn’t play Sydney Freedman, he WAS Sydney Freedman.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 12:00:35 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: ConservativeStatement

In his earlier career he worked with Robert Downey, Sr. in the extraordinary movies “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace”.

Putney Swope (1969) is a bizarre comedy of how a token black leftist executive is accidentally propelled to the presidency of a major advertising agency, and takes it fully leftist retard to the point where the US government considers it a threat to national security.

Gee, now what does that remind you of?

Greaser’s Palace (1972) is almost beyond description, of Arbus as Jesus in a Zoot Suit, descending by parachute into an old West mining town ruled by a constipated ruthless brute. It goes surreal so hard and fast that you really cannot grasp it on the first viewing. Most people who see it hate it, because they have no clue what is going on.

Trying to draw parallels from it to the story of Jesus is the key, but extremely hard, yet you realize that there is something there, some real brilliance.

In the case of either movie, alcohol is a big help in seeing the big picture. Growing up around this must have really had an impact on Robert Downey, Jr.


33 posted on 04/23/2013 12:16:57 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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"alcohol is a big help in seeing the big picture." I heard a modified south Florida version for Howard the Duck.
34 posted on 04/23/2013 12:18:34 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

While the main character in Howard the Duck was forgettable, you have to agree that the young Lea Thompson was toothsome and that Jeffrey Jones was okay as the bad guy. In box office they just about broke even with foreign plus domestic, and maybe made some more on dvd sales.


35 posted on 04/23/2013 12:29:26 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Col Flagg was pretty damn funny also.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 12:31:05 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Col Frank Slade
Colonel Flagg: Have you ever heard of Malaysian Chest Implosion Torture?

Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: [intimidated] No.

Colonel Flagg: Good. It hasn't been invented... yet.

Source: IMDB.

37 posted on 04/23/2013 12:35:04 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Great actor, great part.

We never missed MASH. Even my Dad who was confirmedly against most all TV shows would take time to sit down with us to watch MASH... even the Re-runs when we got older.

Alda was a bleeding heart and pushed the script over the top often to make some “war is hell” point but almost all the other actors and characters were outstanding. The supporting roles were often better than the stars.


38 posted on 04/23/2013 12:41:42 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Col Frank Slade

“The Wind?”


39 posted on 04/23/2013 12:50:08 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Sequoyah101
I enjoyed M*A*S*H for years and part of it was to get a feel of what my father, a Korean War vet, possibly endured since he usually kept his experiences internal. Not so much the dialogue, but issues such as the weather conditions. Some episodes have become unwatchable (i.e. one where Hawkeye gets humiliated by a visiting nurse/doctor) but others remain memorable (Frank singing in the tent “I'd like to take a scalpel and stab them in the heart...”).
40 posted on 04/23/2013 12:54:30 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“We all voted for Swope cause we thought no one else would” is my standard stock explanation for two terms of Obama.


41 posted on 04/23/2013 1:02:08 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: subterfuge

Flagg : “You’re lucky I got a sense of humor, Pierce”.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 1:02:29 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Sequoyah101

I couldn’t stand BJ Honeycutt. Trapper was my favorite.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 1:12:51 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: ConservativeStatement

This show started out funny...by the time it was cancelled I had grown quite tired of the liberal BS!!!! Still I wish his family well in their time of grief!!!


44 posted on 04/23/2013 1:22:09 PM PDT by ontap
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To: ConservativeStatement

I had nothing against Sydney Freedman, but not long after he appeared, M.A.S.H. became too preachy on what they perceived to be the important (ie. leftist) social issues of the day. It was NOT funny by that point.

They should have ended it when Frank Burns left...


45 posted on 04/23/2013 1:28:49 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Buckeye McFrog

LOL - well played!


46 posted on 04/23/2013 1:43:56 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: newheart

Wow!! I didn’t know he’d been married to Diane Arbus either. Thanks. Love her work....


47 posted on 04/23/2013 3:26:10 PM PDT by colinhester
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To: ncfool

That is true. I am shocked by his age.


48 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:43 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

My two favorite Syd Freidman episodes were the bonfire episode and the final episode.

He was really my favorite semi-regular character. RIP.


49 posted on 04/23/2013 7:19:45 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I remember seeing him on an episode of “Taxi”, playing the manager of a fighter named Carlos Navarrone (played by boxer Carlos Palomino.)


50 posted on 04/24/2013 4:11:26 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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