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Who played Dr. Sidney Friedman in the mash?
American actor, known for the role of psychiatrist Dr Sidney Freedman in the television series ‘M*A*S*H’. In total, over the shoulders of Arbus 74 roles in film and television, from 1961 to 2000.
Arbus was born in new York February 15, 1918, in a Jewish family. He was the son of stockbroker Harry Arbus and his wife rose (Rose Arbus). Allan was in high school DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx , and then became interested in the music and acting profession, playing in school plays. He was a great lover of music and before becoming an actor, according to rumors, played the clarinet in the Benny Goodman records.
In 40-ies Arbus was a photographer in the U.S. army. In 1946, after demobilization, he, along with his first wife, the future famous photographer Diane Arbus, nee Nemerov, where they were married in 1941, opened an advertising photography business in Manhattan. Allan and Diana were familiar from his youth, and eighteen-year-old Diana, who grew up in a very wealthy family, married his childhood love, passionately wanting to get rid of parental care. Arbus became famous primarily thanks to the promotional photos that have appeared on the pages of ‘Glamour’, ‘Seventeen’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and other popular magazines as well as advertising campaign ‘Russek’s’, an expensive Department store on Fifth Avenue that belonged to the father of Diana. Edward Steichen, one of the most influential figures in the history of American photography, curated in 1955, the exhibition ‘The Family of Man’, which involved the work of Arbusov.
Professional partnership of the husband and wife ended in 1956, when Diane left the business; three years later they officially separated. Allan, for some time continued career as a photographer, but to be done with it by the time of the divorce in 1969. Although Arbus by this time, already ten years did not live together, they managed to maintain good relations. Alas, in 1971, Diana, who suffered from severe depression, committed suicide. The couple had two children, DOON (Doon Arbus, is a writer and art Director, and Amy (Amy Arbus), became a photographer.
After the collapse of his first marriage and photos of the business, Arbus decided to leave photography behind and engage in new career, always dreamed of becoming an actor. This dream wasn’t bothering him since high school, but when she had a family, I had to think about food, and then, many years ago, Allan decided not to trade the right piece of bread on the volatile actor’s happiness. Now he could afford it.
In 1969, he moved to California and starred in several films and television series. Off his new career was required the lead role in the cult film Robert Downey Sr. ‘The Palace of Griser’ in 1972. He also starred alongside Bette Davis in the television movie ‘Scream, Pretty Peggy’ in 1973 and won the role of Gregory LaCava in the biopic ‘W. C. Fields and Me’ in 1976.
But the true popularity of Arbus enjoyed on television, where he played most of his roles. One of them was the role of Sidney Friedman in the TV series ‘M*A*S*H’ is about a military hospital.
The work of Arbus, ‘M*A*S*H helped his career as a character actor. He played a drunken sailor in the drama ‘Cinderella Liberty’ (1973), a drug dealer with strange sexual needs in the black action movie ‘Coffy’ (1973) and one of the many victims in the mystical Thriller Damien: Omen II, 1978, but his work on the TV is far better known.
The latest series, which starred Arbus, began in 2000, the television Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Among other works by Arbus on TV show such as Law & Order, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, L. A. Law, Starsky and Hutch, and Judging Amy.
In 1977, Allan married actress Mariclare Costello, she was younger than him by 18 years; they had a daughter, Arin Arbus.
Arbus died on April 19, 2013 from heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 95 years.

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