Photo by Joan Marcus.

Remembering Mark Blum

Remembering Mark Blum

1950–2020

Remembering Mark Blum

Everyone knew Mark Blum. Even people who didn’t know Mark Blum knew Mark Blum’s face. He was the kind of actor that the New York theatre is built on, quietly appearing in play after play, decade after decade, becoming an essential voice in our community. Mark was a consummate professional, a prolific talent, the kind of actor every playwright and director wanted in the room and whose vast experience every young performer wanted to learn from.

Mark’s relationship with Roundabout goes all the way back to 1976, when he performed in The World of Sholom Aleichem and The Cherry Orchard. More recently, Mark was Juror #1 in the hit production of Twelve Angry Men on Broadway, and he originated the role of Jacob in Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans off-Broadway in 2018.

Mark is an important part of the history of Roundabout and of so many theatres around New York. We were lucky to know him, to hear his incredible stories, and to see him on stage so many times. The Corona virus took Mark Blum too soon, but everyone at Roundabout will cherish the time we had with him.