Mark Blum, an actor known for his appearances in such popular movies as Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee, has died at the age of 69 due to complications from coronavirus, according to a statement released by the Actors Guild.
Although her best-known role was in Desperately Seeking Susan opposite Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, she recently worked in supporting television roles on the HBO series Succession, the Netflix drama You and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Blum was hugely popular in the New York theater community and frequently appeared in Broadway productions, including the remake of Twelve Merciless Men. The artist was also a regular face at Playwrights Horizons, an alternative theater in New York.
Her filmography also includes episodic appearances in series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Fringe (On the Edge), Elementary, Pan Am, CSI: Miami or The West Wing of the White House.
Some fellow professionals wanted to dedicate a few words to Blum after his death. Actor Zach Braff said “he couldn’t have been a kinder human being” and praised his “wonderful” acting skills. Sex in New York actress Cynthia Nixon called her works “infallibly deep, subtle, hilarious, and poignant in equal measure”
Blum’s death is at least the second related to the coronavirus that has shaken the theater community in New York. Earlier this week, members mourned the loss of Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died of complications from COVID-19 at age 81.
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