Richard Belzer, a well-known comedian, actor and novelist died on February 19, 2023, at the age of 78. While his cause of death has not yet been established, his friend Bill Scheft said he had several health problems. , including circulatory and pulmonary ailments. The official Facebook page for the NBC show Law & Order, which Belzer also appeared on, paid tribute to him by uploading a photo and noting that everyone who saw Homicide or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was well aware of Belzer’s immaculate performance. Belzer. The message continued saying:
“His skills, abilities and devotion to the craft made him a cornerstone of the business, but it was his humor, compassion and loving heart that made him like family. Our thoughts are with his loved ones as we mourn his passing and at the same time celebrate his memory.”
According to Heavy, Richard was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1983, but survived. According to The Washington Post, Belzer discovered that he had cancer one day while swimming. He was then 40 years old. In an interview with The Washington Post, he said that he was looking for a solution for the same. Opoyi reportedly said that the actor had to wear dark glasses as his eyes were sensitive to light. According to an official article on the Jewish Federation of Greater Chicago website:
“Richard, by the way, always wears sunglasses, not because he has style, but because his eyes are very sensitive to light. To be cool, he doesn’t need sunglasses!
Twitter users pay tribute
Richard Belzer has been recognized for his roles in several films and television series over the years. When word spread of his death, Twitter was flooded with tributes:
Richard Belzer appeared as the detective. Munch in Homicide, Law & Order, SVU, Trial By Jury, The Wire, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Beat, Arrested Development and The X-Files among others and was the first actor to play the same character in 10 shows in I live different. -action shows.
—Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) February 19, 2023
As a member of the SVU, it is a sad day. #DetectiveMunch He is a truly memorable character. May he rest in eternal peace. #RichardBelzer 🙏🏽🕊💗 and of course your last words were “Fuck you, motherfucker” of course they were. pic.twitter.com/U1bvw62iRL
– Reena Kanji (@ReenaKanji) February 19, 2023
Richard Belzer appeared in several films and television episodes.
Richard Belzer began his career as a comedian and rose to fame after appearing on Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980. He then entered the film industry in the 1970s, debuting with the 1974 independent comedy film The Groove Tube.
Fame, Café Flesh, Night Shift, The Wrong Guys, The Big Picture, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Puppet Masters, Species II, The Comedian and more films followed. Belzer appeared in one episode of the children’s television series Sesame Street and in ten episodes of the CBS television series The Flash as Joe Kline. Belzer was known for his portrayal of Detective John Munch in 122 episodes of the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street.
He later played John Munch in 325 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC. He also appeared in Moonlighting, Miami Vice, Tattingers, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The X-Files, Mad About You and other series.