'M*A*S*H' star Allan Arbus dies at 95

2:54 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
Alan Arbus, left, and Alan Alda on the late 1970s TV program, 'M*A*S*H.' (Photo: 20th Century Fox/The Kobal Collection)
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(USA TODAY) Allan Arbus, known to many of us at the psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman from M*A*S*H, has died at age 95.

The actor, who was married to photographer Diane Arbus, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles, reports The New York Times.

Arbus, who was born in New York, was a TV regular in the 1970s and '80s, appearing on TaxiStarsky & HutchMatlock and other shows. But it was his M*A*S*H character that became his best-known role.

But before he turned to acting, he married Diane Nemerov in 1941 and became passionate about photography. In 1946, they established a studio on West 54th Street for fashion photography and soon won a contract from Cond√© Nast to supply photos for magazines including Glamour and Vogue.

The couple separated in 1959 and divorced in 1969, when Allan Arbus moved to Los Angeles. Diane committed suicide in 1971. In 1976, Arbus married Mariclare Costello. She survives him, as do his two daughters from his first marriage, Amy and Doon; and a daughter from his second marriage, Arin Arbus, according to the Times.

Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

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