Beloved Actor Richard Belzer Passes Away at 78
Richard Belzer, known for his role as Detective John Munch in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has died at the age of 78. According to his publicist, the veteran actor and comedian passed away on February 19, 2023. Belzer had a prolific career that spanned over five decades, during which he made a name for himself in the entertainment industry, particularly in the crime drama genre.
Belzer first played the character of Munch in the NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993, which led to his recurring role in the “Law & Order” franchise. Munch became one of the longest-running characters in television history, appearing in over 400 episodes of various shows, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The X-Files,” and “The Wire.”
Belzer’s publicist shared a statement that said, “Richard was a one-of-a-kind artist, humanitarian, and friend. He was loved and respected by his peers and adored by his fans. We will miss him dearly.” Fans and fellow celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the beloved actor, who was known for his quick wit and sharp sense of humor.
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Belzer’s career wasn’t limited to acting; he was also a successful stand-up comedian and writer. He released his memoir, “I Am Not a Cop!” in 2013, which chronicled his life in show business and his experiences with law enforcement. Belzer was a vocal advocate for 9/11 conspiracy theories, and his views on the subject were often discussed in interviews and on his social media accounts.
Richard Belzer’s contributions to the entertainment industry will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. He leaves behind a legacy of compelling performances, insightful writing, and a unique perspective that inspired and entertained his fans. His loss is a great one for the entertainment community, but his work will continue to live on through the countless hours of television and film that he was a part of.