Richard Belzer, Best Known as Detective John Munch, Dies at 78
On February 19, 2023, Richard Belzer passed away at his home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France at the age of 78. Belzer was a well-known actor, comedian, and author, who gained fame for his portrayal of Detective John Munch in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and several other shows.
Belzer began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s and 1980s, performing in various comedy clubs in New York City. He also wrote for and appeared on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. In the early 1990s, Belzer’s career took a new turn when he was cast as Detective John Munch in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street. He went on to play the character for over two decades, in several television shows, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The X-Files, and Arrested Development.
Belzer was also an accomplished author, having written several books, including a collection of essays and a memoir about his time on Homicide: Life on the Street. He was known for his wit, intelligence, and unique style, which made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
Belzer’s passing was confirmed by his longtime friend Bill Scheft, who revealed that the actor had been battling circulatory and respiratory problems for years . The news of his death was met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from fans and colleagues alike, who praised his talent, humor, and contributions to the entertainment industry.
Belzer’s legacy as an actor, comedian, and author will undoubtedly continue to inspire and entertain