Madonna has paid tribute to Mark Blum, a co-star in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan, after his death from coronavirus complications.
The US singer and actress remembered Blum, who played Gary Glass and died this week at the age of 69, as “funny, warm, loving and professional”.
“My heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones,” she wrote.
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I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving .and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. ♥️ we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules! #covid_19 #markblum #desperatelyseekingsusan
Blum also appeared in the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee, playing Paul Hogan’s love rival Richard.
His other credits included the 2003 film Shattered Glass and a role in The Good Wife that he reprised in its spin-off The Good Fight.
In recent years he had a recurring role in the Netflix series You.
Blum’s death was announced by Rebecca Damon, executive vice-president of the actors’ union Sag-Aftra.
She remembered him as “a gifted actor, a master teacher, a loyal friend and a beautiful human”.
The Playwright Horizons theatre group also paid tribute, calling Blum “a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist”.
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. Mark was a dedicated Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA board member serving from 2007-2013, pic.twitter.com/aA3yPfOwh7— Rebecca Damon (@RebeccaDamonNYC) March 26, 2020
With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week. Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/NMVZFB5hPb— Playwrights Horizons (@phnyc) March 26, 2020
In Desperately Seeking Susan, one of Madonna’s first films, Blum played the stuffy husband of Rosanna Arquette’s bored housewife Roberta.
When Roberta goes missing, Gary gets in contact with Madonna’s Susan character and proceeds to smoke pot with her at his suburban home.
Arquette herself remembered Blum as “a gentle man and a great actor to work with”.
Blum’s death follows that of playwright Terrence McNally, who died earlier this week from Covid-19 complications.