Mark Blum, a character actor known for playing a number of notable roles across stage and screen, has died due to complications associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 69.
News of Blum’s death was reported on Wednesday and later confirmed on Thursday by his representatives. Blum’s one of at least 1,069 patients with the virus who have died since its outbreak, according to a New York Times database.
A native of New Jersey, Blum began his career working in the theater, with his first credited role in the 1977 Broadway production of The Merchant.
He eventually moved on to the big screen, nabbing notable roles in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan — as Gary, the love interest of Madonna’s character — and 1986’s Crocodile Dundee, where he played the man tossed aside by Linda Kozlowski’s Sue for Paul Hogan’ title character.
On television, Blue booked guest parts on popular shows over his three-decade career, like St. Elsewhere, Miami Vice, Roseanne, Wings, Frasier, The Sopranos, The West Wing, The Practice, Judging Amy, Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Blacklist, Difficult People, Elementary and Billions.
There were recurring roles, too, on NYPD Blue (FBI Agent Mike Francis), Mozart in the Jungle (Union Bob), Succession …read more