Monday, June 17, 2024

Veteran Actor Mark Blum, 69, Dies from Coronavirus, Had Long List of Credits in Movies, Theater, TV


Veteran actor Mark Blum has died just short of his 70th birthday from complications due to coronavirus. He was 69 and would have turned 70 in May.

Blum had a long, stellar resume in movies, theater, and TV. More recently he was a regular on “Mozart in the Jungle.” He was just seen in “Succession,” “The Good Fight,” and “Love is Blind.” According to the imdb he appears in a new episode of “Billions.”

Early in his 35 year career, Blum appeared in “Crocodile Dundee” and many other films. He also was featured in nine Broadway productions including Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.” Survivors include his wife, veteran TV actress Janet Zarish. Many condolences. He will be sorely missed. I hope SAG honors all the fine journeyman actors like Mark at their ceremony next January. They’re what makes show business possible.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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