Allan Arbus, who left the successful fashion photography business he and his wife, Diane, built to become an actor, most memorably playing the caustic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Mr. Arbus’s last television role was on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2000.
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My father hated *M*A*S*H*, primarily because of the laugh track and Alan Alda's nasal voice. He often pointed out that "that bloody show has gone on longer than the war it's set in." But my mother and I quite liked it; while there was no shortage of formulaic dreck, there were some genuinely thought provoking topics and drama, not to mention a steady stream of quips and other comedic content. I certainly rises above the vast majority of TV content made in the past few decades.