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You and Desperately Seeking Susan star Mark Blum dies age 69 from coronavirus

You and Crocodile Dundee star Mark Blum has died aged 69 from coronavirus.

The New Jersey-born actor died this week, New York-based theater company Playwrights Horizons revealed via a tribute on social media.

They wrote: ‘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.’ 

Blum played Mr Mooney on Netflix’s hit show You, which in January was renewed for a third season by the streaming service.

He also had a role on HBO’s Succession and TV shows including Almost Family, The Good Fight and a major role in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Other TV credits included The Sopranos, Billions and Law & Order, among others.

His career on Broadway spanned nearly 40 years, and he won an Obie for his performance in Gus And Al.

Blum also had more than 80 film credits to his name, from worldwide 1986 megahit Crocodile Dundee to 2003’s Shattered Glass.

He played Rosanna Arquette’s husband in the 1985 romantic comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, which also starred a young Madonna.

Madge reacted to the actor’s death by sharing a shot of them together from the film along with a caption that began: ‘I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. 

‘This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! 

She also used the opportunity to stress the seriousness of the current health crisis, writing: ‘Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. ♥️ we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules.’

Arquette called the news ‘very very hard’ and tweeted: ‘I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.’

She was just one of many in the acting community to share her grief at the news.

Playwright Jack Canfora tweeted: ‘Found out a terrific actor and man whom I was lucky enough to be in one of my plays died this morning of #coronavirus. He wasn’t elderly. 

‘He was one of the most respected actors in New York: a beacon of fierce intelligence, dry wit & deep kindness on stage and off. A tragic loss.’

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 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.’

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. He was magnificent. And the kindest man. RIP.’

Blum also served as a SAG-AFTRA board member from 2007-2013. 

SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Rebecca Damon confirmed the death of her ‘friend’ on social media.

‘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 a dedicated Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA board member.’

Blum is survived by his wife, Broadway, film and soap actress Janet Zarish. 

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