Mark Blum dead: ‘Desperately Seeking Susan,’ ‘Crocodile Dundee’ actor dies of coronavirus

Lula Sharp
March 27, 2020

Blum, who starred in the films Crocodile Dundee and Desperately Seeking Susan alongside Rosanna Arquette and Madonna, was also a fixture of the NY theater community. The information was confirmed by the Playwrights Horizons theater firm, which referred to Blum as a "pricey longtime pal and a consummate artist" in a tweet about his loss of life.

"Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world", Playwrights tweeted.

Mark Blum has died aged 69 of complications attributable to the coronavirus.

He was a respected theater actor, starring in Broadway shows "The Graduate", Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers", "The Best Man," "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Merchant".

"Mark was a devoted Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA board participant offering from 2007-2013".

Mark starred in a variety of roles including his famous part in 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee and he recently played Mr Mooney in 2018 Netflix series You.

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'He was just one of one of the most recognized stars in NY: a sign of tough knowledge, completely dry wit & & deep compassion on phase and off.

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".

The news was announced on Thursday by Playwright Horizons, a New York-based theater company.

Writer Christopher Shinn shared: 'In 2011 Mark Blum starred in my play Picked @vineyardtheatre, in a tricky role - a narcissistic filmmaker whose more human instincts collide with the desire to protect himself from emotional risk Mark's performance took huge risks.

Blum died Wednesday at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital of complications from the novel coronavirus, his wife, actress and acting teacher Janet Zarish, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Gutted to hear of his passing".

Actress Judith Light added: "Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented". They were the loveliest couple.

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