"With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week", the NY theater company confirmed on Thursday (March 26).
'Thank you, Mark, for all that you have given to our theatre and theatre in general, and to the audience the world over.
Mark died from complications related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. "I am so deeply sorry for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man". He would become a fixture in the NY theater community and go on to appear in several Broadway productions, including Lost in Yonkers, The Best Man, and The Assembled Parties, and won an Obie Award for the Playwrights Horizons production of Gus and Al.
The theater company Playwrights Horizons shared the tragic news on their Twitter page and mourned Mark's sudden passing. He was a SAG-AFTRA board member from 2007-2013.
Blum played Gary Glass in 1985's "DSS". and he played Richard Mason in 1986's "Crocodile Dundee".
A busy actor, Blum also recently played bookstore owner Mr. Mooney on the Netflix crime drama You and had guest stints on HBO's Succession and Showtime's Billions.
'He was just one of one of the most recognized stars in NY: a sign of tough knowledge, completely dry wit & & deep compassion on phase and off. "May he rest in peace".
"Mark Blum played my father in my very first film Getting to Know You", tweeted Braff.
"Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented", she tweeted.
Blum is survived by his wife of 15 years, his mother, Lorraine, and sister, Nancy.
The news was first announced by the NY theater company Playwrights Horizons and SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Rebecca Damon. His wife Janet Zarish was my acting teacher at NYU. "My heart breaks for her".