Mark Blum, 'Desperately Seeking Susan' Star, Dies From Coronavirus Complications

Brenda Watkins
March 27, 2020

Mark Blum, a veteran character actor who starred in the films "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "Crocodile Dundee", as well as the recent TV series "You", has died due to complications from the coronavirus. The actor was described as a "lifetime friend and a consummate artist" in a statement by NY theatre company Playwrights Horizons.

"Thanks, Mark, for all you delivered to our theater, and to theaters and audiences internationally". Blum also recurred on Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, where he portrayed piccolo player Union Bob.

James Van Der Beek, who appeared with Blum in the 1997 Off Broadway production of Nicky Silver's comedy My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine, recalled the late actor as "generous and kind", noting "I learned so much from him about how to be a professional - lessons that got me through the insanity that was to come".

She called the information "extremely extremely tough" and tweeted: 'I'm so deeply unfortunate for his family members and for his followers. he was a remarkable star and a great and kind male.

On Broadway, Blum started out as an assistant stage manager and understudy in 1977's The Merchant and went on to appear in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers in 1991, in revivals of Gore Vidal's The Best Man in 2000 and 2012, in Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men in 2004 and in Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties in 2013. We will certainly miss you.'. "Rest in peace and power Mark Blum".

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Blum played Gary Glass, husband to Arquette's Roberta Glass, in the hit 1985 film which also starred Madonna.

The news was announced on Thursday by Playwright Horizons, a New York-based theater company.

'He was just one of one of the most recognized stars in NY: a sign of tough knowledge, completely dry wit & & deep compassion on phase and off.

Blum has a recurring role on the first season of the Lifetime series You. His wife Janet Zarish was my acting teacher at NYU.

Who's the Boss and Ugly Betty star Judith Light worked with Blum in theatre and said she cherished the man. "My heart breaks for her".

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