Who Is Mark Blum On "You"?

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Who Is Mark Blum On "You"?
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*Spoilers for You season 3 below!*

After fans anticipated You season 3 for nearly two years, it is finally here and ready for binge-watching. The latest season of Netflix's hit thriller grows more intense as Love is aware of Joe's behavioral patterns and grows paranoid of what he might do — although she's not afraid to get some blood on her hands, either. In season 3, Joe and Love navigate life in the suburbs as newlyweds and parents to their baby boy, Henry. They try to put their dark past behind them, yet their impulsive tendencies still get them in some trouble.

At the end of the new season's first episode, you may have noticed that there's a title card that reads "In Loving Memory Mark Blum." If you're wondering who he is and how he's tied to You, read ahead to find everything you need to know about Mark Blum.

He played Mr. Mooney in Season 1

Photo credit: Roy Rochlin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Roy Rochlin - Getty Images

Mark Blum actually had a starring role in the first season of You as Mr. Mooney, Joe's former boss and the closest thing he had to a father figure. Season 1 is set in New York, where Joe spent most of his life. He grew up in the foster care system but was taken under Mr. Mooney's wing at a young age when he started working at his bookstore. The bookstore is the first place we see the infamous glass cage that Joe continues to use throughout the series.

He starred on Broadway before venturing into film and TV

Mark's acting career dates back to the 1970s. He took his talents to Broadway stage, starring in productions like Lost in Yonkers and the revival of Twelve Angry Men, among other productions. He began venturing into film in the 80s, when he starred alongside Madonna and Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan and in Crocodile Dundee. Aside from You, he also had a more recent role in television on Succession.

Why is there an entire episode dedicated to Mark?

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

An episode of You is dedicated to him because he passed away due to complications with COVID-19 in March 2020. According to CNN, he was only 69 years old and actors like Zach Braff and Cynthia Nixon shared their condolences to Mark and his family upon hearing the news.

He was also honored by Playwrights Horizons, a theater company he constantly worked with:

"With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week," the company tweeted. "Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you."

WATCH SEASON 3 NOW

You season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix with plans starting at $8.99 per month.

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