Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Mark Blum, Longtime Character Actor, Dead of Coronavirus Complications

Mark Blum, Longtime Character Actor, Dead of Coronavirus Complications

Mark Blum, an accomplished, beloved stage actor who also brightened some of the most popular TV shows and movies over the last four decades, has died at the age of 69. The actor was described as a "lifetime friend and a consummate artist" in a statement by NY theatre company Playwrights Horizons. Thank you, Mark, for all that you brought to our theater, to theaters and audiences around the world. Blum also recurred on Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, where he portrayed piccolo player Union Bob. "Sharon Waxman informed me of this very very hard news today I'm so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man".

Blum made his Broadway debut in 1977 in Arnold Wesker's The Merchant and was subsequently seen in Lost in Yonkers, My Thing of Love, A Thousand Clowns, The Graduate, and Twelve Angry Man. We will miss you, "Playwrights Horizons theater company said in a tweet". Blum served as a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA from 2007 to 2013.

The actor was described as a "lifetime good friend and a consummate artist" in an announcement by NY theatre firm Playwrights Horizons.

He starred as the husband of Rosanna Arquette alongside Madonna in the 1985 comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" and played Linda Kozlowski's newspaper editor in "Crocodile Dundee".

The Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks wrote, "There are actors whose names appear in the announcement of a play, and you instantly think, without knowing any details: This will be work worth seeing".

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Blum, an alumnus of Columbia High School in Maplewood, also played the hapless scapegoat Bill on HBO's "Succession" and Mr. Mooney on the Lifetime/Netflix series "You".

"He was one of essentially the most revered actors in NY: a beacon of fierce intelligence, dry wit & deep kindness on stage and off".

Blum has a recurring role on the first season of the Lifetime series You.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Zarish.

"Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented", she tweeted. "My heart breaks for her".

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