Actor Mark Blum, dead at 69 due to COVID-19 complications


Mark Blum, an actor on ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Succession,’ and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” died from coronavirus on Wednesday.

Blum had entered NewYork-Presbyterian hospital and was being treated for coronavirus complications. His wife, an actress and acting teacher Janet Zarish, informed The Hollywood Reporter about the passing.

Blum was most known for playing Rosanna Arquette’s husband in the 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan while having a prominent role in Crocodile Dundee as the newspaper editor.

A busy actor, Blum also recently played bookstore owner Mr. Mooney on the Netflix crime drama You and had guest stints on HBO’s Succession and Showtime’s Billions.

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.

On acting in The Best Man 12 years apart, he told Playbill in 2012: “It feels a little like a dream where you think it’s supposed to go in a certain way, but you look around and all the people are different. I open a door, and Angela Lansbury walks in instead of Elizabeth Ashley. I open another door, and it’s James Earl Jones, not Charles Durning. It feels like I’m hallucinating instead of acting.”

He also worked dozens of times off-Broadway, including in Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution, Craig Lucas’ The Singing Forest and Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here; he won an Obie Award in 1989 for his co-starring turn in Albert Innaurato’s Gus and Al at Playwrights Horizons. [Hollywood Reporter]

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