Coronavirus has struck again, and this time, instead of just a diagnosis, it has taken a victim. Mark Blum, 69, contracted COVID-19 and passed away this week. More known for his Broadway appearances than he is for his movies. Blum did star in many movies like Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee, Miami Rhapsody, Shattered Glass, Step Up 3D and more. The tributes are pouring in, but so are the advisories. Self-isolation and social distancing are the only way to beat Coronavirus, until a vaccine comes out.
© Provided by The Blast Madonna Wrote In With A Remembrance
© Gettyimages | Mondadori Portfolio Madonna starred with Mark Blum in Desperately Seeking Susan, and she remembered her co-star with these words. “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 won’t affect us in some way. We need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!” Clearly, while Madonna feels for Blum’s family, she is warning her fans to take even more care. James Van Der Beek Remembered Blum With A Story
© Gettyimages | Frazer Harrison James Van Der Beek worked with Blum in a play after Dawson’s Creek and says that he learned an invaluable lesson from Blum. Beek shared this story on Twitter. Apparently, during the play, one of the actresses was very, very late, and that too without any information. Beek expected Blum, as a senior actor, to get angry at the unprofessionalism shown. But Blum put the actress at ease, telling her he was glad that she was okay. Beek says he remembers how Blum taught him all about generosity and kindness that day. Rosanna Arquette Sent Her Condolences Too
© Gettyimages | Emma McIntyre Rosanna Arquette too poured in her condolences. She had once acted with Mark Blum in Desperately Seeking Susan along with Madonna. She took to Twitter to express her grief and said, “Sharon Waxman informed me of this very very hard news today I’m so deeply sad 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 mark. God bless you.” Clearly, Blum will be missed. Mark Hamill Put In A Sweet Word As Well
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When Blum’s niece took to Twitter to remember her uncle Mark,
Mark Hamill was quick to send in his regard as well. Blum’s niece shared a sweet throwback picture of them when she was a little girl and said that her family was devastated. But that reading all the remembrances was “more special than you will ever know”. To this, Hamill replied, “We will never stop missing him.” Sadly, the Coronavirus rampage does not seem to be showing any signs of stopping soon…” In Memoriam 2020: Remember the stars we lost (via Photo Services): Stars we lost in 2020
Mark Blum, a veteran character actor who starred in the films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as the recent TV series “You,” died March 26. He was 69.
Bill Rieflin, a remarkably versatile drummer whose work over the past 30 years spanned Ministry, R.E.M., Swans, Nine Inch Nails and King Crimson, among many others, died March 24. He was 59.
Stuart Gordon, best known as the filmmaker behind such cult classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” died March 24. He was 72.
Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, died March 24. He was 81.
Manu Dibango, the pioneering Cameroonian jazz musician whose song “Soul Makossa” was interpolated in Michael Jackson’s hit “Wanna Be Starting Something,” died March 24. He was 86.
Albert Uderzo, the French comic book artist and scriptwriter best known for his work on Astérix, died March 24. He was 92.
Italian actress Lucia Bosè, mostly known for appearing in films from acclaimed Italian directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, died March 23. She was 89.
Eric Weissberg, half of the duo that recorded “Dueling Banjos” for the film “Deliverance” in 1973, resulting in an unlikely smash hit single and album, died March 22. He was 80.
Three times Grammy winner Kenny Rogers known for his song “The Gambler” died March 19. He was 81.
Lyle Waggoner, known for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Wonder Woman,” died March 17. He was 84.
Actor Stuart Whitman, an Oscar nominee for his role as a convicted child molester in the 1961 movie “The Mark,” died March 16. He was 92.
Max von Sydow
Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who made his name in the films of Ingmar Bergman before featuring in international hits like “Game of Thrones,” died March 8. He was 90.
Mart Crowley, the author who wrote the landmark play “The Boys in the Band,” died March 7. He was 84.
James Lipton, an actor-turned-drama-school-dean who got hundreds of Hollywood luminaries to open up about their life and art and became an unlikely celebrity himself as the longtime host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” died March 2. He was 93.
Lee Phillip Bell
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soap operas “The Young and the Restless’ and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” died February 25. She was 91.
Clive Cussler, the author and maritime adventurer who captivated millions with his best-selling tales of suspense, died February 24. He was 88.
Ben Cooper, a Western star of films and TV like “Johnny Guitar,” “Bonanza,” “Rawhide” and more, died February 24. He was 86.
Diana Serra Cary
Diana Serra Cary, the silent film sensation known as Baby Peggy, died February 24. She was 101.
David Roback, co-founder of the widely celebrated alt-rock group Mazzy Star, died February 24. He was 61.
B. Smith, one of the country’s first high-profile black models who went on to become an author, restaurateur and lifestyle maven, died February 22. She was 70.
Pop Smoke, the rising New York rapper who collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and more, died February 19. He was 20.
Ja’Net DuBois, the actress who played the sassy Willona Woods in the 1970s TV show “Good Times” and sang the theme song to “The Jeffersons,” died February 17. She was 74.
DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, a titan of underground dance music, died February 17. He was 56.
Zoe Caldwell, an esteemed stage, film and television actress who won four Tony Awards, including for her role as opera diva Maria Callas in Master Class, died February 16. She was 86.
Kellye Nakahara, the actress known for playing Nurse Kellye on the long-running sitcom “M*A*S*H,” died February 16. She was 72.
Jason Davis, a voice actor on the Disney Channel show “Recess,” died February 16. He was 35.
Caroline Flack, a well-known television personality and former host of the ITV television series “Love Island” and other shows in Britain, died February 15. She was 40.
Esther Scott, who appeared in “Boyz N The Hood,” voiced Shodu in the “Ewoks” series and guest starred on dozens of TV series, died February 14. She was 66.
Lynn Cohen, the veteran Broadway actress also known to millions for her role as Magda on the HBO series “Sex and the City” and its subsequent movies, died February 14. She was 86.
Paul English, longtime drummer for Willie Nelson, died February 11. He was 87.
Joseph Shabalala, founder and director of the Grammy-winning South African vocal troupe Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died February 11. He was 78.
Robert Conrad, the actor best known for his role in the television show “The Wild Wild West”, died February 8. He was 84.
Paula Kelly, Emmy-nominated actress who appeared in NBC’s “Night Court” and ABC miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place”, died February 8. She was 77.
Ann E. Todd
Ann E. Todd, a former child star in the 1930s and ‘40s who appeared in films such as “Intermezzo” and “All This, and Heaven Too” before making her mark in sitcoms during the ’50s, died February 7. She was 88.
Raphael Coleman, who starred alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in the 2005 film “Nanny McPhee,” died February 7. He was 25.
Kevin Conway, veteran stage and screen actor known for “Gettysburg”, “The Quick and the Dead”, and HBO’s “Oz”, died February 5. He was 77.
Kirk Douglas, actor, producer, director and a star of Hollywood’s golden age, died February 5. He was 103.
Gene Reynolds, six-time Emmy winning producer and director known for co-creating the TV series “MASH,” died February 3. He was 96.
Andy Gill, founding member and guitarist for the British post-punk outfit Gang of Four, died February 1. He was 64.
Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling suspense novelist, died January 31. She was 92.
Fred Silverman, longtime television producer and executive behind “All in the Family”, “Soap” and “Hill Street Blues”, died January 30. He was 82.
Jörn Donner, Finnish producer and director whose credits included Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning “Fanny And Alexander”, died January 30. He was 86.
Harriet Frank Jr.
Harriet Frank Jr., Oscar-nominated “Hud” and “Norma Rae” screenwriter, died January 28. She was 96.
Nicholas Parsons, British broadcaster who hosted BBC radio 4’s “Just A Minute” game show for more than 50 years, died January 28. He was 96.
Marj Dusay, veteran soap opera actress, who starred in “Guiding Light”, “Santa Barbara”, “All My Children” and “Days of Our Lives”, died January 28. She was 83.
Reed Mullin, drummer and cofounder of long-running North Carolina hard rock outfit “Corrosion of Conformity”, died January 27. He was 53.
Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of “The Kingston Trio”, whose smooth close harmonies helped transform folk music, died January 26. He was 85.
Emmy-winning actor John Karlen, best known for his work on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” died January 22. He was 86.
Terry Jones, the Welsh actor, director, author, historian and the founding member of the seminal comedy group “Monty Python”, died January 21. He was 77.
Jimmy Heath, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer who performed with such greats as Miles Davis and John Coltrane before forming the popular family group the Heath Brothers in middle age, died January 19. He was 93.
Americana singer and songwriter David Olney, whose music was recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Emmylou Harris and others, died January 18. He was 71.
Christopher Tolkien, son of legendary “The Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien, died January 15. He was the editor of his father’s unpublished material, including “The Silmarillion” in 1977 and “The Fall of Gondolin” in 2018. He was 95.
Norma Michaels, a beloved character actress best known for her role as Josephine on “King of Queens”, died January 11. She was 95.
Rocky Johnson, member of the WWE Hall of Fame and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died January 15. He was 75
British film and TV producer Tony Garnett, founder of “Bodyguard” producer World Productions, died January 12. He was 83.
Actor and acting coach Stan Kirsch, best known for his role in the TV series “Highlander,” died January 11. He was 51.
Ivan Passer, a leading figure of the Czech new wave who directed films including “Cutter’s Way,” died January 9. He was 86.
5th Ward Weebie
Rapper 5th Ward Weebie, who was a major player in the distinctive bounce music scene in New Orleans, died January 9. He was 42.
Edd Byrnes, star of the 1950s and ’60s TV hit “77 Sunset Strip” who went on to co-star in the 1978 smash “Grease,” died January 8. He was 87.
Comedy writer Buck Henry, the legendary scribe who co-wrote “The Graduate,” “Catch-22″ and “To Die For” and co-created the TV series “Get Smart,” died January 8. He was 89.
Actor Harry Hains, who played roles in titles including “American Horror Story,” died January 7. He was 27.
Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, died January 7. He was 67.
Elizabeth Wurtzel, who chronicled her struggle with depression in best-selling memoirs that helped spur a boom in confessional writing, turning her into a Gen X celebrity at 26 with the publication of “Prozac Nation,” died January 7. She was 52.
Rapper Lexii Alijai, best known for using her talents to rap over Kehlani’s 2015 hit song “Jealous,” died January 1. She was 21