Veteran character actor Mark Blum — a union activist best known for the movies “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as television work on “Law & Order,” “Us” and “Succession” — died of complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, his friends said Thursday.
He was 69.
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In “Desperately Seeking Susan,” he played Gary Glass, the husband of bored New Jersey homemaker Roberta Glass, portrayed by Rosanna Arquette.
“This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones,” Madonna, his “Desperately Seeking Susan” co-star, said on social media. “I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!”
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. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/NMVZFB5hPb— Playwrights Horizons (@phnyc) March 26, 2020
Blum was active in the Screen Actors Guild, having served on the New York and national boards, the union said.
“This is a painful loss to our SAG-AFTRA family,” union President Gabrielle Carteris said. “Mark Blum understood that all performers working in this industry share the same employers and that our strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary.”
Rebecca Damon, executive vice president of the New York local, applauded the late actor.