Law and Order Fans mourn the loss of DA Investigator John Munch aka Richard Belzer dead at 78

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Richard Belzer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009. By Jay Tamboli – https photos jaytamboli 3518756056, CC BY 2.0, https


Richard Jay Belzer (August 4, 1944 – February 19, 2023) was an American actor, stand-up comedian, and author. He was best known for his role as BPD Detective, NYPD Detective/​Sergeant, and DA Investigator John Munch, whom he portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBCpolice drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as in guest appearances on several other series. He portrayed the character for 23 years, from 1993 until retiring in 2016.

Belzer died at his home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on February 19, 2023, at age 78, from complications of unspecified circulatory and respiratory conditions.