Who is Richard Belzer?
Richard Jay Belzer is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. He was born on August 4, 1944. Belzer has been a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In addition, he has had guest appearances in several other shows such as Arrested Development, The Wire, 30 Rock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
|Full name||Richard Jay Belzer|
|Known as||Richard Belzer|
|Birthday||August 4, 1944|
|Age||77 years old|
|Place of birth||Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Education||Fairfield Warde High School|
Early life, upbringing, and education
Richard Belzer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His mother Frances Belzer was a homemaker and his father Charles Belzer was a tobacco and candy retailer. Growing up, Richard Belzer had a troubled relationship with his mother, Frances. He has described his mother as being physically abusive. Likewise, he has also mentioned that it was his mother’s abusive behavior that got him interested in comedy. He used to try to make his mother laugh in order to stop her from physically abusing him and his brother.
Belzer studied at Fairfield Warde High School and after graduating from there, he worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post. After this, Belzer enrolled at Dean College, which was previously known as Dean Junior College. Unfortunately, Belzer was expelled from the college. He had to work as a sales and census taker after being expelled to make ends meet.
Richard Belzer career
Belzer started his stand-up comedy career when he started working at Pips, The Improv, and Catch a Rising Star. Likewise, he took part in the Channel One comedy group which was based on satirizing television. He also made guest appearances in Saturday Night Life between 1975 and 1980.
When it comes to his acting career, Belzer first appeared in the first episode of Sesame Street’s first season. He also had minor roles in Fame, Café Flesh, Night Shift, and Scarface. Similarly, Belzer was a part of some music videos like Taken In by Mike + The Mechanics, Le Bel Age by Pat Benator, and Can’t Cry Anymore by Kansas.
Belzer also co-hosted Brink & Belzer on 660AM WNBC radio in New York. He has also guest-starred in The Howard Stern Show. When it comes to his TV work, Belzer has worked as a regular cast member on The Flash. He has starred in several episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Belzer has authored four books related to conspiracy theories. They are UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe; Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups; Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination; and Someone Is Hiding Something: What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? He co-authored the book Dead Wrong and Hit List with David Wayne.
Relationships and dating history
Belzer was married to Gail Susan Ross from 1966 to 1972. After this, he married Dalia Danoch in 1976. They divorced in 1978. The stand-up comedian got married to Harlee McBride in 1985. Harlee McBride was a Playboy model who had also appeared in an ad for Ford Motors.
Richard Belzer filmography
|1974||The Groove Tube||Rodriguez|
|1982||Café Flesh||Loud-mouthed audience member|
|1982||Author! Author!||Seth Shapiro|
|1983||Scarface||M.C. at Babylon Club|
|1983||Likely Stories, Vol. 3||Richard|
|1986||America||Gypsy Beam (AKA Moonbeam)|
|1986||Charlie Barnett’s Terms of Enrollment||Man Reading Paper|
|1987||Flicks||Stoner (segment ‘New Adventures of the Great Galaxy’)|
|1988||The Wrong Guys||Richard ‘Belz’ Belzer|
|1988||Freeway||Dr. David Lazarus|
|1989||The Big Picture||Video Show Host|
|1990||The Bonfire of the Vanities||Television Producer|
|1991||The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster||Joe Kline|
|1991||Off and Running||Milt Zoloth|
|1992||Flash III: Deadly Nightshade||Joe Kline|
|1993||Mad Dog and Glory||M.C./Comic|
|1994||The Puppet Masters||Jarvis|
|1995||Not of this Earth||Jeremy Pallin|
|1996||Girl 6||Caller #4 – Beach|
|1996||A Very Brady Sequel||LAPD Detective|
|1996||Get on the Bus||Rick|
|1998||The Bar Channel|
|1998||Species II||U.S. President|
|2007||BelzerVizion||Richard Belzer (Also executive producer)|
|2010||Santorini Blue||Richard (Also executive producer)|
|1975–1980||Saturday Night Live||Juror|
|1978||Sesame Street||Man in Row Boat #1|
|1984||The Richard Belzer Show||Himself|
|1986||Miami Vice||Captain Hook|
|1990–1991||The Flash||Joe Kline|
|1993–1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Det. John Munch|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Inspector William Henderson|
|1994||Bandit Bandit||Big Bob|
|1994||Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart||Det. Frank Giordano|
|1995||Prince for a Day||Bernie Silver|
|1995||The Invaders||Randy Stein|
|1996–2000||Law & Order||Det. John Munch|
|1997||The X-Files||Det. John Munch|
|1997||Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut||Himself|
|1997||When Cars Attack||Himself|
|1997–1998||E! True Hollywood Story||Himself|
|1999||Mad About You||Detective Sharp|
|1999–2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Det./Sgt. John Munch|
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Det. John Munch|
|2000||The Beat||Det. John Munch|
|2000||3rd Rock from the Sun||Himself|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Det. John Munch|
|2006||Arrested Development||Det. John Munch|
|2008||The Wire||Sgt. John Munch|
|2009||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Sgt. John Munch|
|2009||Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers||Himself|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||A John Munch-like character|