26 March 2020 22:58
Mark Blum has passed away (Picture: Rex) Crocodile Dundee actor Mark Blum has died aged 69 of coronavirus complications. A New York theatre company announced that Mark had passed away and shared a touching tribute. 'With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week,' they wrote in a statement. 'Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. Mark's most notable role was in the 1986 Australian outback film, alongside Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski.
Mark died from coronavirus complications aged 69 (Picture: Getty) With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week. pic.twitter.com/NMVZFB5hPb — Playwrights Horizons (@phnyc) March 26, 2020 His other stand-out roles include Union Bob in Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle and, more recently, as Mr. Mooney on Lifetime-turned-Netflix's You. Advertisement Tributes have been pouring in for the star on social media, with actress Rosanna Arquette penning: 'I'm so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. 'May you Rest In Peace and power mark. Writer Mark Harris added: 'Mark Blum was a wonderful, stalwart actor–a familiar face to anyone who watches TV, and a mainstay, for decades, of dozens of New York stage productions. May he rest in peace.' At least 20,599 people worldwide have died after contracting coronavirus, according to official figures.
'Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. Sad loss: You and Crocodile Dundee star Mark Blum has died from complications after being diagnosed with coronavirus; he is seen in December 2017 Hit show: He played Mr Mooney on Netflix's You, which in January was renewed for a third season by the streaming service 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. She 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.' Throwback: Blum is seen in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan alongside Rosanna Arquette Worldwide hit: Blum is seen alongside Linda Kozlowski in 1986's Crocodile Dundee She was just one of many ijn 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. Actress Judith Light wrote: 'Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble,so talented. 'May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.' 'So kind': 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' 'Deeply sad': Rosanna Arquette shared she found the news 'very very hard' Announcement: The death was confirmed by New York-based theater company Playwrights Horizons 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. Actor Mark Blum has died at the age of 69 due to complication from coronavirus, his representative confirmed. New York theatre company Playwrights Horizons first announced news of Blum's death in a tweet shared on Thursday, in which they hailed the You and Crocodile Dundee star as "a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist." "With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week," they wrote. "Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theatre, and to theatres and audiences across the world. We will miss you." Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1950, Blum began his career on the stage in the 70s before moving into the film industry in the 80s. He appeared in movies including Lovesick, Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee throughout that decade and also had television roles in series including Frasier and NYPD Blue. More recently, he appeared in The Good Wife, Amazon Prime drama Mozart in the Jungle, Succession and Netflix's You. "I'm sad about this. He was really very kind, was always supportive and funny, a gentle man and a great actor who loved the work," his Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Patricia Arquette told TheWrap. "I'm so sad for his family and all the people who love him. This is a tragedy on so many levels. "Rest in peace and power Mark Blum." Playwright Jack Canfora wrote on Twitter: "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."