allan arbus

Allan Arbus

Posted on January 19, 2015

He’s best known for playing Dr. Sydney Freedman on M*A*S*H, but Allan Arbus was also a photographer whose first wife was legendary photographer Diane Arbus.

Feb. 15, 1918
Allan Arbus is born in New York City.

Allan marries Diane Nemerov (who later becomes famous photographer Diane Arbus).

Allan becomes a photographer for the U.S. Army and teaches Diane his new photographic skills. The pair later establish a successful fashion photography studio under the billing, “Diane and Allan Arbus”.

Diane gives birth to their first daughter, Doon Arbus.

They close the studio and move to Europe for a year with daughter Doon, who was then 6 years old.

Diane gives birth to their second daughter, Amy Arbus.

Diane dissolves their business partnership and goes to work full time on her own photography.

Allan and Diane separate.

They finally divorce when Allan moves to Los Angeles.

Diane commits suicide.

Allan lands the lead role in Robert Downey Sr.’s film, Greaser’s Palace.

Sept. 29, 1973
Allan makes his first appearance as psychiatrist Maj. Sydney Freedman on M*A*S*H.

He marries Mariclare Costello.

He appears on Curb Your Enthusiasm. It is his last television role.

April 19, 2013
Allan dies of congestive heart failure at the age of 95.


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