Blum was 69.
Though he was maybe greatest identified for the 1985 movie “Desperately Seeking Susan,” wherein he starred alongside Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, he most not too long ago appeared in supporting TV roles on the HBO collection “Succession,” the Netflix drama “You” and Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.”
He was a staple within the New York theater group, often showing on Broadway, together with the revival of “Twelve Angry Men,” although he appeared off Broadway rather more typically.
Blum was a daily player with Playwrights Horizons
, an off-Broadway theater in New York. The firm remembered him on Twitter.
“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, government vice chairman and New York president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) labor union mentioned Blum was a “tireless advocate” for fellow performers.
“I always appreciated Mark’s clear perception of complex situations,” Damon wrote of Blum
, a former SAG-AFTRA board member. “He always spoke the truth and did a great service in informing members of our community about the ins and outs of the union whenever he had the opportunity.”
Fans of Blum’s echoed her sentiment. Actor Zach Braff said
he “could not have been a kinder human being” and praised his “wonderful” performing.
Actor and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called
his performances “unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure.”
His is not less than the second coronavirus-related loss of life to rock the New York theater group. Earlier this week, members mourned the lack of Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally
, who died from coronavirus issues at 81.