Crocodile Dundee star dies aged 69 of coronavirus complications — Mark Blum dead

Lawrence Kim
March 26, 2020

Actor Mark Blum, who appeared in "Desperately Seeking Susan", "Crocodile Dundee" and the TV series "You", has died due to complications from coronavirus.

A New Jersey-native, Blum also had roles in 1986's "Crocodile Dundee" and "St". He would become a frequent presence on TV, too, starting with guest spots on St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice and continuing into the '90s on Roseanne, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Frasier, The Sopranos, and The West Wing, and into the aughts on The Practice, CSI: Miami, and Fringe.

The New York City-based group Playwrights Horizons also tweeted about Blum's death, writing: "With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week".

'Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world.

His onscreen wife in "Susan", Rosanna Arquette, also expressed her sadness at Blum's passing, after being told of it by author Sharon Waxman. "He was really very kind, was always supportive and amusing, a gentle man and a great actor who loved the work", Arquette told TheWrap. May you Rest In Peace and power mark.

Born in Newark, Blum attended the University of Pennsylvania before embarking on acting career on the stage in the 1970s. "Those of us lucky enough to have known him will treasure our memories of a gifted actor, a master teacher, a loyal friend, and a lovely human".

Blum had a substantive role as Union Bob on the Amazon series "Mozart in the Jungle", and he recently starred in four episodes of the Netflix crime drama "You" as Mr. Mooney, the bookstore owner who served a surrogate father figure to Penn Badgley's sociopathic lead character, Joe.

"So kind": Actress Judith Light wrote: "Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented".

Blum made his Broadway debut in 1977 in Arnold Wesker's The Merchant and was subsequently seen in Lost in Yonkers, My Thing of Love, A Thousand Clowns, The Graduate, and Twelve Angry Man. "It's bad to read of his death".

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.

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