The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Blum was star of stage, TV, and big screen


Mark Blum racked up appearance­s in more than 80 television shows, films and Broadway plays during his decades-long acting career.

From starring as the husband of unfulfille­d housewife Roberta Glass in Desperatel­y Seeking Susan to the hardened newspaper editor Richard Mason in Crocodile Dundee, he entertaine­d audiences with a wide range of roles.

Blum acted in the likes of television series Frasier, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Billions and Law And Order. Most recently he appeared in the popular Netflix title You and Amazon streaming show Mozart In The Jungle.

He died on Thursday, aged 69, due to complicati­ons from coronaviru­s.

Madonna, who starred alongside Blum in Desperatel­y Seeking Susan, wrote online: “I want to acknowledg­e the passing of a remarkable human, fellow actor and friend.

“This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones.

“I remember him as funny, warm, loving and profession­al.”

The news was broken by the Playwright­s Horizons OffBroadwa­y

Theatre, where he spent many seasons on stage.

Blum was presented with an Obie Award in 1989 for his role in the company’s production of Albert Innaurato play Gus and Al.

A statement from the organisati­on said: “With love and heavy hearts, Playwright­s Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear long-time friend and a consummate artist who passed this week.

“Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theatre, and to theatres and audiences across the world.”

Blum also starred in a number of Broadway production­s including the revival of Twelve Angry Men, Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers and The Best Man by Gore Vidal.

His contributi­on to the arts was recognised by Sag-Aftra, the US union for television and film actors.

President Gabrielle Carteris said: “This is a painful loss to our Sag-Aftra family.

“He was a visionary. Mark will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife, Janet Zarish, his friends and all of his loved ones.”

He is survived by his wife Janet Zarish.

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