Mark Blum (May 14, 1950 – March 26, 2020) was an American actor who worked in film, television, and theater.
Blum was born in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, in 1968 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2012. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Blum started acting on stage in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he acted in the movies Lovesick (1983), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Just Between Friends (1986), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Blind Date (1987), and The Presidio (1988). He later appeared in Coin Heist (2017).
On television, he co-starred in Sweet Surrender in 1987. He also appeared in the following: Capital News in 1990, Frasier in 1997, and NYPD Blue in 1999. From 2014 to 2018, he appeared in Mozart in the Jungle.
He won an Obie Award for his performance as Al in the Playwrights Horizons production of Albert Innaurato's play, Gus and Al, in the 1988–1989 season. On Broadway, he appeared in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, and Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties. In 2013, he appeared as Max in the Primary Stages production of The Model Apartment. Blum was on the faculty of HB Studio in New York City.
In 2018, Blum was cast in a recurring role as Ivan Mooney in the former Lifetime thriller series You. He was reguarlt acted at Playwrights Horizons, an off-Broadway theater in New York City. Blum frequently appeared on Broadway, including the revival of Twelve Angry Men.
Personal life and death
Blum married actress Janet Zarish, who appeared on television as Natalie Bannon on As the World Turns and as Lee Halpern on One Life to Live.
Blum died at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital on March 26, 2020, from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 69.