Allan Arbus

To art aficionados, Allan Arbus may be primarily known as the former husband of legendary photographer Diane Arbus. But for avid television and film viewers, he is regarded as a prolific actor, best known for his ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Chief Zabu 2016 (Movie)

George Dankworth (Actor)

M*A*S*H 30th Anniversary Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bridge 1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

In Dark Places 1997 (Movie)

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Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Businessman on Plane (Actor)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Phil Ames (Actor)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

Dr Santis (Actor)

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

Albert Bordonaro (Actor)

The Four Seasons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster Chronicles 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Working Stiffs 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Second Hebrab (Actor)

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

Danny Miles (Actor)

Damien - Omen II 1978 (Movie)

Pasarian (Actor)

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Al Squib (Actor)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

Gregory LaCava (Actor)

Law and Disorder 1974 (Movie)

Dr Richter (Actor)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Drunken Sailor (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

Star's Manager (Actor)

Coffy 1972 (Movie)

Vitroni (Actor)

The Young Nurses 1972 (Movie)

Krebs (Actor)

Greaser's Palace 1971 (Movie)

Zoot Suit--Jesse (Actor)

The Christian Licorice Store 1970 (Movie)

Monroe (Actor)

Hey, Let's Twist! 1961 (Movie)

The Doctor (Actor)

A Fighting Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel and the Towers (TV Show)

Actor

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Show)

Actor

Stalk the Wild Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Law (TV Show)

Actor

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Actor

When He's Not a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

To art aficionados, Allan Arbus may be primarily known as the former husband of legendary photographer Diane Arbus. But for avid television and film viewers, he is regarded as a prolific actor, best known for his recurring role on the beloved Korean War-set series "M*A*S*H*" (CBS, 1972-1983). Originally a photographer who collaborated with his wife, Arbus made an abrupt career shift to acting after their divorce. Working with writer/director Robert Downey, Sr., most notably in the lead role of the outlandish comedy "Greaser's Palace" (1972), Arbus went on to a slew of TV and film parts, making his biggest marks on "M*A*S*H*" and in supporting roles in the Blaxploitation movie "Coffy" (1973) and the drama "The Electric Horseman" (1979). He continued to act, mainly on the small screen, into his 80s, retiring in 2000. After a busy and eclectic career, Arbus died in 2013.

Relationships

Doon Arbus

Daughter

Diane Arbus

Wife

Amy Arbus

Daughter

Mariclare Costello Actor

Wife

Milestones

2000

Made his last screen appearance on an episode of the comedy show "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

1983

Reunites with his "M*A*S*H*" castmates for the series finale

1979

Joins the cast of the quickly cancelled sitcom "Working Stiffs" with Michael Keaton and James Belushi

1973

Cast in the classic drama/comedy series "M*A*S*H*" as recurring character Sidney Freeman

1972

Starred in the oddball comedy "Greaser's Palace"

1968

Cast as Mr. Bad News in the cult film "Putney Swope"

Bonus Trivia

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Arbus worked closely with his wife, Diane, as a photographer during the 1950s, but she became much more famous for her photography.

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During the long run of "M*A*S*H*," Arbus had the chance to make his character a regular, but he didn't want to be tied to a standard TV shooting schedule.

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Arbus appeared on dozens of network television shows during his career, but rarely as a recurring character.

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Arbus worked with his "M*A*S*H*" co-star Alan Alda indirectly on the short-lived TV adaptation of the star's movie "The Four Seasons" (1981).

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