ACTOR Mark Blum found his success on the stage, portraying characters in plays both on and off-Broadway.
He is remembered by many through his tenacity, winning personality, and the legacy he left behind.
Who was Mark Blum?
Blum joined Broadway in 1976 as a 26-year-old who just graduated from the University of Minnesota.
However, initially, he studied liberal arts at the University of Pennsylvania since there wasn’t a theater program at the school.
But with the help of the administration, he formed a curriculum that allowed him to graduate as a theater major.
Two years later, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Fine Arts degree. It was a special program that worked with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
He debuted off-Broadway as the post office clerk in The Cherry Orchard in 1976, and over the course of his 37-year career, he alternated between off-Broadway and on-Broadway shows.
His roles included Juror 1 in Twelve Angry Men, Dan in Buffalo Gal and performer in his final show Fern Hill.
Later in his career, Blum also made guest appearances in TV shows including You, Roseanne, Frasier, and NYPD Blue.
Blum portrayed Mr Mooney in the hit Netflix series, You.
What was Mark Blum’s cause of death?
Coronavirus complications led to Blum’s final parting in March 2020. The award-winning actor was 69 years old.
The executive vice president of The Playwrights Horizon theater group, Rebecca Damon, announced the news of his death via Twitter.
“It is with such deep sorrow that I’m writing to share the news that our friend and former board member Mark Blum has passed away as a result of complications from the coronavirus,” Damon said.
What TV show is paying tribute to his memory?
Blum appeared in the first season of You and made appearances throughout the second season before he died.
The showrunner, Sera Gable, said he was written into season three, but the script had to be rewritten after his passing.
“We had been working on a story that included him. It was painful to scrap that. He would’ve been amazing,” Gable said on Twitter.
The first episode in season three of You paid tribute to Blum with a final message covering the screen that read, “In loving memory, Mark Blum.”
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