Farewell to Richard Belzer, historical protagonist of "law & order"

February 20, 2023 9:53 am

The actor was 78 years old. He starred as Detective John Munch on the series for over 23 years

Richard Belzer, detective John Munch from “Law & Order”

The American actor Richard Belzer died at the age of 78. He was one of the most recognizable faces on the television series “Law and order”and in particular the spin-off “special unit”interpretation of Detective John Munch for more than 23 years with the irony that made him a famous stand-up comedian in the New York theaters. Belzer, who lived in France, had “a lot of health issues,” writer Bill Scheft, a close friend of his, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Detective Munch Comedian-born Richard Belzer bestowed his gaunt, gaunt face and snarky sense of humor on Detective Munch, who debuted on the series
“Murder: Life on the Street” from 1993 to 1999 on NBC. But the character became a TV icon with “Special Victims Unit,” which forever starred Belzer
326 episodes from 1999 to 2016 (although his character had retired in 2013). “Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, is an iconic television character,” Law & Order producer Dick Wolf told Variety. “I met him in 1997 during the crossover between Homicide and Law & Order. I loved the character immediately and immediately told Tom Fontana (creator of Homicide ed.) that I wanted him as a character in SVU. And so it was. Richard brought his humor, his sympathy into our lives”

other roles Among the other roles played by Belzer throughout his career was the
Fonzie’s (Henry Winkler) cousin in “Happy Days”and has appeared in other television series such as Sesame Street, Miami Vice, 30 Rock and The Wire, and has appeared in the Brian De Palma film Scarface, among others.

The memory of the actor Harry Winkler shared the news of Richard Belzer’s death by reposting the message on Saturday Night Live from Laraine Newman, the historical comedian who Belzer knew. The many messages of condolence were joined by Mariska Hargitay, who plays the lead actress in Law & Order – Special Victims Unit.” Detective Olivia Benson: “Hello, dear friend. I will miss you, your unique light and perspective on this strange world. I feel blessed to have known, adored and worked with you side by side for so many years.”





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