Belzer starred as John Munch from 1999 to 2010, in 311 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in the show’s spin-offs, Law & Order and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. He has also appeared in every single episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, where he got his start back in 1993, since it started, as Detective John Munch. Richard Belzer as John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

About Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer has been an actor since the 1970s, first appearing on stage and then on television. He is best known for his portrayal of Detective John Munch on the TV show Law and Order: SVU which he played from 1999 to 2017. He will also be starring in a new detective series called Unforgettable, which is set to premiere this fall.

About His Role As John Munch

John Munch was created by writer Dick Wolf and was the first character to be introduced on the original Law & Order TV show. He is portrayed by actor Richard Belzer and has appeared on every incarnation of the show, including SVU.

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John is a detective with the NYPD who originally worked in the homicide division but transferred to the sex crimes unit when he became disillusioned with how his old colleagues were handling cases.

‘Law and Order SVU’ Actor Richard Belzer Dead At 75

Actor Richard Belzer, best known for his portrayal of Detective John Munch on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, died Monday night. He was 75. A spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed that a man who had been shot near Belzer’s home died from his injuries at the hospital. No arrests have been made yet but the police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Richard Belzer as John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Richard Belzer as John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

‘SVU’ fans react to news of Richard Belzer’s death

In one of the most shocking celebrity deaths since David Bowie, Law and Order SVU’s John Munch will be leaving us soon. It was announced by his co-star Dann Florek that Richard Belzer passed away on April 24th at the age of 74. He starred as homicide detective John Munch for 27 years in the show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as SVU). His character has been described by critics to have been a loudmouthed bigot who always gets things wrong. He is also a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD and an alcoholic who often beats up suspects during interrogations.

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Richad Belzer Dead at 75 – Cause Of Death Revealed

It has been revealed that Richard Belzer, the actor who played Detective John Munch on Law & Order: SVU and Night Court, has died at the age of 75. The cause of death was a heart attack. Police Sergeant John Munch is known for his more than 300 appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

This is not the first time he has passed away only to be resurrected again in another show; he also appeared in shows such as Chicago P.D., Police Squad!, The X-Files, Numb3rs and In Treatment, where he acted with his son Jason Belzer.

Who Is John Munch On ‘Law And Order SVU’?

John Munch is a detective from the fictional 27th Detective Squad in the New York City Police Department. He has been portrayed by Richard Belzer since 1993, and also appeared on various episodes of the television series Homicide: Life on the Street. After he was dismissed from his position following the events that occurred in Night Watch, he decided to make a comeback with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which was supposed to be just a recurring character but because of the writers strike he became part of the cast. In 2010 he made it back to SVU full-time after being discovered during an investigation into The Reaper case.

Actor Richard Belzer Dies At 75

According to the New York Times, actor Richard Belzer died on June 8th at the age of 75. He played Detective John Munch for 18 years on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU. It is said that he died from natural causes. A number of celebrities have spoken out about his death. Conan O’Brien tweeted, RIP Richard Belzer.

Richard Belzer as John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Richard Belzer as John Munch in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Frequently asked questions

How many years did Richard Belzer play Munch?

Richard Belzer has been playing Detective John Munch since 1990. He was originally supposed to appear on one episode but he impressed the producers so much that they kept him on for the rest of the season. In 1991, he returned for Season 2 and has been a staple ever since. He’s now played Munch for 25 years and counting.

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What happened to Detective Munch?

Detective John Munch was a character on the TV show Law and Order: SVU until he retired from the New York Police Department. Detective Munch, who is played by actor Richard Belzer, has been with the show since its inception. The character was based on a real-life detective from Baltimore who worked for that city’s equivalent to SVU and was interviewed by Dick Wolf when developing the show.

Why was Richard Belzer written off SVU?

Belzer was written off the show because of a contract dispute. He had been playing Detective John Munch since 1993 and was an integral part of the show. The actor’s contract expired at the end of season 20, but he refused to sign a new one with NBC Universal Television. He wanted to be paid per episode instead of per week like other cast members, and he also wanted a share of SVU merchandise royalties.

Why does Richard Belzer wear sunglasses?

Belzer wears sunglasses to hide his glaucoma, a condition that causes an increase in pressure inside the eyeball. He has said he’s been wearing glasses since he was 8 years old and when the symptoms of his illness worsened, he had laser surgery on one eye. His need for sunglasses then increased.

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