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Allan Arbus of MASH fame has died at the age of 95.

His role as the wise, dryly humorous psychiatrist of shell-shocked surgeons on the hit show was so convincing, people long believed he had experience in the field.

Now that’s what we call acting, people.

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Alan Alda, who played Capt. “Hawkeye” Pierce, said in an interview Tuesday, “He was so authentic in the role it was hard to believe that he wasn’t that person.”


Arbus, a film, stage and TV actor for over 50 years, died at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was complications of congestive heart failure, said his daughter.