Crocodile Dundee star dies aged 69 of coronavirus complications — Mark Blum dead

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 26, 2020

Blum, a Newark native known for his roles in TV series including "Mozart in the Jungle" and films like "Desperately Seeking Susan", was 69. The New York theater company Playwrights Horizons announced the actors death on social media, saying "With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week".

'Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. "We will miss you", Playwrights Horizons said in a tweet. Born in New Jersey, Blum reportedly got his start on stage in the early 1970s before making the transition to the screen.

Following his movie debut, Mark went on to have over 80 film credits to his name.

Blum played Randall Curtin in a 1999 episode of "The Sopranos" called "Meadowlands" and appeared in other series like "Billions", "NYPD Blue", "Frasier", "Law & Order" and "Capital News".

Blum was also a fixture of the NY theater community, having won an Obie Award for his performance in the Playwrights Horizons production of a play from Albert Innaurato, "Gus and Al".

In 1984, Blum played Rosanna Arquette's husband in the 1985 comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" alongside Arquette and Madonna.

"I'm so deeply sad for his family and for his fans", Arquette tweeted. He was magnificent. And the kindest man. RIP'. May you Rest In Peace and power mark.

Many other stars joined Rosanna in paying tribute to Mark.

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

Actress Judith Light wrote: 'Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. "Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC (Manhattan Theatre Club) was a true joy".

'May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them'.

Mr. Blum was also a Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA board member, serving from 2007-2013.

'It is with such deep sorrow that I'm writing to share the news that our friend and former board member Mark Blum has passed away as a result of complications from the coronavirus.

"Mark was smart, funny, and a true actor's actor", she tweeted.

Blum is survived by his wife, actress Janet Zarish.

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