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All About Richard Belzer, comedian and Jewish TV cop for all seasons, dies at 78 - News

A Very well-known comedian and actor who played the role of Detective John Munch on various television shows, has passed away at the age of 78.

Belzer, who was born on August 4, 1944, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, began his career in stand-up comedy in the 1970s. He gained national recognition for his appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "Saturday Night Live."

In the 1980s, Belzer began to transition to acting, appearing in several films and television shows. However, he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Detective John Munch, a character he played on various shows including "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Law & Order," and "The X-Files."

Belzer's portrayal of Munch was so popular that the character was eventually spun off into his own show, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," where Belzer continued to play the character until 2013.

Belzer was also known for his activism and outspokenness on political and social issues. He was a strong supporter of animal rights and was involved in various political causes throughout his career.

Belzer's death was confirmed by his agent, John S. Kelly, who stated that the actor died on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at his home in France. The cause of death has not been disclosed at this time.

Belzer will be remembered as a talented comedian and actor who brought joy and laughter to audiences throughout his career. He will be greatly missed by his fans, friends, and family.


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