Blum was 69 years old.
Although perhaps best known for the 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan”, in which he starred alongside Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, he recently appeared in supporting roles on television in 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, appearing frequently on Broadway, including the rebirth of “Twelve Angry Men,” although he appears much more often off Broadway.
Blum was a regular player at Playwrights Horizons, a theater outside of Broadway in New York. The company remembered him on Twitter.
“With love and a heavy heart, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear long-time friend and accomplished artist who passed away this week”, theater company tweeted“Thank you, Mark, for all that you have brought to our theater, to theaters and to audiences around 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), said Blum was a “tireless advocate” for fellow performers.
“I have always appreciated Mark’s clear perception of complex situations”, Damon wrote about Blum, former member of the board of directors of SAG-AFTRA. “He has always spoken the truth and done a great service in informing members of our community of the ins and outs of the union whenever he had the opportunity. ”
Blum fans echoed his sentiment. Actor Zach Braff said he “couldn’t have been a nicer human being” and praised his “wonderful” game.
Actor and former candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon called his performances “inevitably deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal parts”.
This is at least the second coronavirus-related death to rock the New York theater community. Earlier this week, members mourned the loss of award-winning playwright Tony Terrence McNally, who died at 81 years of age from complications from a coronavirus.