Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

Mark Blum, Actor in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan,’ Dies At 69 Of Coronavirus Complications

Mark Blum, a veteran stage actor known for films including “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” has died due to complications from Covid-19, according to a statement released by the Screen Actors Guild.

Blum was 69.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 was a staple in the New York theater community, frequently appearing on Broadway, including the revival of “Twelve Angry Men,” though he appeared off Broadway much more often.

“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 New York president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) labor union said Blum was a “tireless advocate” for fellow performers.  

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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