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(LA Times)   M*A*S*H star Allan A. has died   (latimes.com) divider line 129
    More: Sad, mash, Allan Arbus, Alan Alda, carbon stars, Diane Arbus  
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2013-04-24 05:08:36 AM  
Mid_mo_mad_man:
Why travel to a bar when you had the officers club?

Korean hookers.
 
2013-04-24 05:22:03 AM  

buckeyebrain: Hugh Manatee: buntz: My headline was:

"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice"

R.I.P. Dr. Freedman

As was mine.....

Mine, as well.  And since everybody and his brother are using the "slide down the ice" line...

"Sidney, what's the psychiatric basis for gambling?"
"Sex."
"Why?"
"I don't know, they tell me to say it. Sex is why we gamble. Sex is why we drink. Sex is why we give birth."
"Thank you, Doctor."
"I'm taking a $5 chip. That was a house call."


Requoted for emphasis.

This was, I believe, the funniest bit of dialog in all of M*A*S*H, and possibly in television history, and a
good deal of that was Arbus' dead-pan delivery.
 
2013-04-24 06:07:35 AM  

GypsyJoker: stoli n coke: ManateeGag: labman: Why do you do things like this, submitter? Did you have problems in your childhood?

no one paid attention to him when he was little.  that's why he lashes out now.

Still, pretty key character to the show.  not like he was wounded soldier #2 in episode 25.


Someone gave me the complete series a few Christmases ago, and I went through them a while back when I was recovering from surgery. It's amazing how many high profile people had bit parts or guest roles. John Ritter, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Pantoliano, Jason Alexander, Leslie Nielson, James Remar, Blythe Danner, Loudon Wainright, and so on and so on. I also thought I saw Burt Reynolds in one episode, but that might have been the painkillers.

Great show, but it went downhill fast once Klinger got rid of the dresses and became Radar 2.0.

William "Greatest American Hero" Katt is in there too, in a very early role ("Dear Dad," as one of the foxhole soldiers whom Hawkeye [dressed as Santa] drops in to rescue).  And don't forget Alex Karras!


Also George Wendt (the guy with the billiard ball stuck in his mouth), Patrick Swayze (as a soldier dying of leukemia), Ron Howard and Andrew Dice Clay.
 
2013-04-24 06:11:28 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Lt. Col. Henry Blake's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan... it spun in. There were no survivors.


No survivors, especially not his career. He left MASH to do the quickly forgotten show 'Hello Larry'. But he does get nearly infinite hipster points for being in Portland decades before it was cool.
 
2013-04-24 06:20:01 AM  
He was easily my favorite supporting character and Dear Sigmund has always been one of my favorite episodes. I'm glad he got to live such a long life.
 
2013-04-24 06:41:09 AM  
While I should be sad at yet another actor from my childhood memories passing, I really can't be as 95 is one hell of a run.

RIP Allan, thanks for the laughs

/add Jack Soo to the guest star list that is slowly building
//Harry Morgan too if you want to count his early show as the mad general
 
2013-04-24 07:10:36 AM  
Is that the show of snarky drinking doctors and horney nurses, while the blue collar grunts froze to death in Chosin ?

Next to Hogan Heroes this was my favorite war show.
 
2013-04-24 07:28:10 AM  

Farker Posey: [i27.photobucket.com image 850x478]
I'm on my way to Jerusalem to be an actor/singer. It is written that the Agent Morris awaits me.


The cool thing about getting a handy from a midget is it makes your john thomas look HUGE.
 
2013-04-24 09:15:25 AM  
Mash sucked.  Every time I hear the theme song I want to commit suicide.  I do hear it's painless...
 
2013-04-24 09:18:37 AM  
notcoming.com

He's got the boogie on his fingers and the hubba bubba in his soul.
So long, Allan.
 
2013-04-24 09:57:05 AM  
Thank you for trolling me into clicking the headline. I really liked his character and episodes. :-(
 
2013-04-24 10:48:15 AM  

stoli n coke: Great show, but it went downhill fast once Klinger got rid of the dresses and became Radar 2.0.


That may be, but that time still gave me one of my favorite Klinger lines:

"'Stole' is such a dirty word. I prefer the term 'creative acquisitions'."

You'd never guess I liked the show by my username :)
 
2013-04-24 10:59:18 AM  

Iceman208481: Mash sucked.  Every time I hear the theme song I want to commit suicide.  I do hear it's painless...


manolopirado.com
 
2013-04-24 11:01:50 AM  

titwrench: Stupid headline. Alda spells Alan with one "l" and if it was truly Alan Alda it would gave been a much better headline. Try again stubby.


Excep for the whole," it fooled more people then it didn't" thing you'd have a point.
 
2013-04-24 11:15:34 AM  

KellyKellyKelly: TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.

That, and Charles was a jerk with a heart of gold, while Frank was just a jerk.


Agreed that Charles was the much better character. Part of the problem with Frank was that he wasn't competent at anything which was unrealistic to the point of nonsense in-universe and made for an uninteresting foil dramatically. But props to  Larry Linville who was an excellent actor and did a fantastic job with what he was given. He salvaged a weak character and without him the show would have collapsed before it had a chance to mature.
 
2013-04-24 11:21:46 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: titwrench: Stupid headline. Alda spells Alan with one "l" and if it was truly Alan Alda it would gave been a much better headline. Try again stubby.

Excep for the whole," it fooled more people then it didn't" thing you'd have a point.


There are a lot of stupid people in this world. If there weren't there would be fewer rich Nigerians.
 
2013-04-24 11:28:58 AM  
Wasn't fooled by the headline, just didn't know which actor.
As was said earlier, did not realize he was that old.  Pegged more of the age of Alda but he had a good long life.  RIP
 
2013-04-24 11:46:14 AM  

LindenFark: KellyKellyKelly: TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.

That, and Charles was a jerk with a heart of gold, while Frank was just a jerk.

Agreed that Charles was the much better character. Part of the problem with Frank was that he wasn't competent at anything which was unrealistic to the point of nonsense in-universe and made for an uninteresting foil dramatically. But props to  Larry Linville who was an excellent actor and did a fantastic job with what he was given. He salvaged a weak character and without him the show would have collapsed before it had a chance to mature.


You tell 'em, Ferret Face!
 
2013-04-24 11:46:46 AM  
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R.I.P.
On the wings of angel may you soar
 
2013-04-24 12:19:13 PM  

Recoil Therapy


/add Jack Soo to the guest star list that is slowly building


Let's go down to the beach and shoot some clams.
 
2013-04-24 12:34:43 PM  

Recoil Therapy: /add Jack Soo to the guest star list that is slowly building
//Harry Morgan too if you want to count his early show as the mad general


Mako, who plays a North Korean who says "What the hell is that?" when Frank pulls out a tiny pistol.
 
2013-04-24 12:58:23 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: The best Freedman episode was the bonfire episode,I
/Charles over Frank
// Should have had more of the Cajun motor pool guy
/// Can't remember the actors name but he also starred in the Police Acdemy movies

G.W. Bailey as Rizzo.

More recently, he was in The Closer on TNT.

Never saw The Closer. I just assumed he just quit getting work.
Also loved Igor the cook.
Hated the Rosie character
Why travel to a bar when you had the officers club?


Arbus never stopped working he was a well respected stage actor and artist. The dad in Modern played him in the bio movie about his wife Nicole Kidman played his wife.

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
 
2013-04-24 01:18:32 PM  

netringer: Recoil Therapy: /add Jack Soo to the guest star list that is slowly building
//Harry Morgan too if you want to count his early show as the mad general

Mako, who plays a North Korean who says "What the hell is that?" when Frank pulls out a tiny pistol.


Mako also played a South Korean doctor in "Hawkeye Get Your Gun," running a battered Korean hospital in need of doctors and supplies.

Marvel Comics writer/artist Larry Hama also played a North Korean in one episode.
 
2013-04-24 03:37:26 PM  

TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.


I loved that Charles was actually a cunning foil for the others, and that he could surprise you with real depth of character at times.  The character of Frank couldn't manage either.

I like to think Charles returned to Boston and one day, despite working in a different branch of medicine, mentored a young Dr. Frasier.
 
2013-04-24 05:23:27 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.

I loved that Charles was actually a cunning foil for the others, and that he could surprise you with real depth of character at times.  The character of Frank couldn't manage either.

I like to think Charles returned to Boston and one day, despite working in a different branch of medicine, mentored a young Dr. Frasier.


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2013-04-24 05:25:37 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.

I loved that Charles was actually a cunning foil for the others, and that he could surprise you with real depth of character at times.  The character of Frank couldn't manage either.

I like to think Charles returned to Boston and one day, despite working in a different branch of medicine, mentored a young Dr. Frasier.


Charles' back story on how he ended up there was pretty funny too.

IIRC, he had a cushy assignment at a Tokyo hospital where one night he won a pile of money off of some General.

Instead of paying Charles what he was owed, the bastard had him transferred to a MASH unit.

So Charles had every right to have such a bad attitude.

/ was disappointed to hear David Ogden Stiers real voice / accent wasn't the same s Charles'
 
2013-04-24 08:13:17 PM  

KellyKellyKelly: GypsyJoker: stoli n coke: ManateeGag: labman: Why do you do things like this, submitter? Did you have problems in your childhood?

no one paid attention to him when he was little.  that's why he lashes out now.

Still, pretty key character to the show.  not like he was wounded soldier #2 in episode 25.


Someone gave me the complete series a few Christmases ago, and I went through them a while back when I was recovering from surgery. It's amazing how many high profile people had bit parts or guest roles. John Ritter, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Pantoliano, Jason Alexander, Leslie Nielson, James Remar, Blythe Danner, Loudon Wainright, and so on and so on. I also thought I saw Burt Reynolds in one episode, but that might have been the painkillers.

Great show, but it went downhill fast once Klinger got rid of the dresses and became Radar 2.0.

William "Greatest American Hero" Katt is in there too, in a very early role ("Dear Dad," as one of the foxhole soldiers whom Hawkeye [dressed as Santa] drops in to rescue).  And don't forget Alex Karras!

Also George Wendt (the guy with the billiard ball stuck in his mouth), Patrick Swayze (as a soldier dying of leukemia), Ron Howard and Andrew Dice Clay.


i.imgur.com
Edward Herrmann as Dr Steve J Newsome
Blew everyone off the stage with his acting.

Teri Garr
Gregory Harrison
James Cromwell
Ed Begley Jr.
Joan Van Ark
Brian Dennehy.
Pat Morita

Full list here
 
2013-04-24 08:14:56 PM  

Tommy Moo: Bill Hader does the best Alan Alda impression I have ever seen. I'm not joking. Google it if you haven't seen it.


The voice is so spot on I literally thought it really was Alan Alda when I first heard it
 
2013-04-25 06:24:10 AM  

TomD9938: K.B.O. Winston: TomD9938: jj325: I never understood why anyone watched the show after Frank Burns left

I preferred Charles, actually.  I liked the twist that he was probably a better surgeon than Hawkeye was.

I loved that Charles was actually a cunning foil for the others, and that he could surprise you with real depth of character at times.  The character of Frank couldn't manage either.

I like to think Charles returned to Boston and one day, despite working in a different branch of medicine, mentored a young Dr. Frasier.

Charles' back story on how he ended up there was pretty funny too.

IIRC, he had a cushy assignment at a Tokyo hospital where one night he won a pile of money off of some General.

Instead of paying Charles what he was owed, the bastard had him transferred to a MASH unit.

So Charles had every right to have such a bad attitude.

/ was disappointed to hear David Ogden Stiers real voice / accent wasn't the same s Charles'


He doesn't have the bahstahn burr, but his normal voice is quite melifluous.  He does a lot of voice over
and book-on-tape work.
 
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