Actor Mark Blum, known for playing Madonna’s love interest in the legendary New York City 1985 movie “Desperately Seeking Susan,” has passed away due to complications in coronavirus. He was 69 years old.
Blum, a native of New Jersey, also had a role in 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” and appearances on a series of television series, including “NYPD Blue,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing” and the recently-released hit “You,” plays the bookseller Mr. Mooney.
“With love and heavy hearts, Playwright’s Horizons pay tribute to Mark Blum, a long-time friend and accomplished artist who joined this week,”
His wife on screen in “Susan”, Rosanna Arquette, also expressed her grief over Blum’s passing, after hearing about it by author Sharon Waxman.
“Sharon Waxman informed me of this very hard news today,” wrote Arquette. “I am so deeply sorry for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you rest in peace and power. God bless you.”
Blum, a University of Pennsylvania, is recalled by his colleagues and critics for the intensely high quality of his work. He was especially loved in the theater community.
“There are actors whose names appear in the announcement of a play, and you immediately think without knowing any details: This will be worth seeing,” Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks Posted. “Mark Blum was of the wonderful caliber. Make me believe every time I saw him. It is terrible to read about his death. “
Playwright Christopher Shinn also took to Twitter to salute Blum’s life and kindness.
“In 2011, Mark Blum played the lead role in my play Picked @vineyardtheatre, in a tricky role – a narcissistic filmmaker whose more human instincts clash with the desire to protect himself from emotional risk,” Shinn wrote. “Markus’s performance took enormous risks. He was fantastic. And the kindest man. Rest in peace.”
Blum leaves behind his wife and co-actor, Janet Zarish, also 69, whose references include guest appearances on “Law & Order”, “Seinfeld” and “Blue Bloods.”