This Day in Death

4.19.13: M*A*S*H Actor Allan Arbus – DEAD!

Filed under: Uncategorized —James @ 9:37 am April 24, 2013

ALLAN_ARBUSFun fact: The Korean War was actually waged solely to serve as a backdrop to M*A*S*H.


Actor Allan Arbus is dead today at the age of 95, which may seem pretty old, but keep in mind that Jack LaLane was still picking fights with silverback gorillas at that age. Serious anger problems, that guy. Anyway, Arbus was best known for playing Major Sidney Freedman, the company psychiatrist on legendary war dramedy M*A*S*H in the 70s and 80s. So, to review: Pretending to be a psychiatrist while on the set of a popular television show = totally fine. Pretending to be a psychiatrist after locking an actual psychiatrist in a broom closet = felony. If you’re anything like me, you may want to consider printing out this post and putting it on your fridge as a daily reminder. That’s what they call “life-hacking.”

Mr. Arbus appeared in films like “Coffy” and “Crossroads” and was a TV regular during the 1970s and ’80s, appearing on “Taxi,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Matlock” and other shows. But his best-known role was Major Freedman, the liberal psychiatrist who appeared in a dozen episodes of “M*A*S*H.” He treated wounds of the psyche much as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce treated surgery patients: with a never-ending string of zingers.

Yikes. This is starting to hit pretty close to home, to be honest. I know I keep things pretty light around here, but the truth is I’m using humor to mask a lot of my own confusion and fear about death. I think a lot of it probably stems from watching Ghost Dad without the proper adult supervision. That kind of thing will really mess a kid up if they don’t have someone there to put what they’re seeing into a healthy context. Oh! And also when I was seven years old I went into my neighbor’s house and found him wearing my dead dog’s face as a mask. Man… it took me a looong time to see the humor in that.


Source: NY Times

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