Publish: 27 Mar 2020, 03:33 pm
According to a statement issued by the Screen Actors Guild, Mark Blum, a prolific stage actor known for movies like "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "Crocodile Dundee," has died of complications from Covid-19.
Blum was 69 years old.
Though he was perhaps best known for the 1985 film "Desperately Seeking Susan," in which he starred alongside Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, he most recently appeared in supporting TV roles on the HBO series "Succession," the Netflix drama "You" and Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle."
He became a regular of the New York theatre scene, often performing on Broadway, including the "Twelve Angry Men" revival, though he performed even more often off-Broadway.
Blum was a frequent performer for New York's off-Broadway theater, Playwrights Horizons. The business was informing him on Twitter.
"With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend, and a consummate artist who passed this week," the theater company tweeted."Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you."
Rebecca Damon, executive vice president and treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild-American Television and Radio Artists Federation (SAG-AFTRA) trade union in New York, said Blum was a "tireless champion" for fellow performers.
"I always appreciated Mark's clear perception of complex situations," Damon wrote of Blum, a former SAG-AFTRA board member. "He always spoke the truth and did a great service in informing members of our community about the ins and outs of the union whenever he had the opportunity."
Fans of Blum's echoed her sentiment. Actor Zach Braff said he "could not have been a kinder human being" and praised his "wonderful" acting.
Actor and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called his performances "unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure."
His is at least the second death connected with coronavirus to shake the New York theater culture. Members mourned earlier this week the death of Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally who died at 81 from complications of coronavirus