Veteran character artist Mark Blum — a union activist who is best known for the movies “Crocodile Dundee” and “Desperately Seeking Susan” as well as television work on “Succession,” “Us,” and “Law & Order” — died from COVID-19, the disease linked with the coronavirus on Thursday at the age of 69 his friends said.
He played Gary Glass, in “Desperately Seeking Susan,” — the husband of a bored homemaker Roberta Glass from New Jersey, which was played by Rosanna Arquette.
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I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. 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 when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. ♥️ we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules! #covid_19 #markblum #desperatelyseekingsusan
His co-star from “Desperately Seeking Susan,” offered her condolences to him, his family, and loved ones on Instagram. She remembered Blum as fun loving, warm, and professional when the film was made in 1985.
Union President Gabrielle Carteris said, “This is a big loss to our SAG-AFTRA family.” She also said that, “Mark Blum understood that all of the performers working in this industry share the same employers and the strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary.”
Executive vice president of the New York local, Rebecca Damon, applauded the late actor.
“Those of us who are lucky enough to know him will treasure our memories of a master teacher, a gifted actor, a beautiful human, and a loyal friend,” she said. “Mark was a true actor, funny and smart. I always used to appreciate Mark’s clear perception of difficult and complex situations.”
Blum had Television credits on “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Frasier.” More recently, he appeared in “Succession,” “Us,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Mark Blum was survived by his wife, actress Janet Zarish.