Richard Belzer, comedian and star of ‘Law & Order’ dead at 78

The world of comedy and television was rocked today as news broke that beloved comedian and actor Richard Belzer had passed away at the age of 78. Belzer was best known for his role as Detective John Munch on the long-running crime drama Law & Order, a role he had held for an incredible 20 years.

Belzer began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s, where he quickly gained a reputation as a sharp-witted and irreverent humorist. He soon found success on television, appearing on shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night With David Letterman, and The Tonight Show.

In 1993, Belzer was cast as Detective John Munch on Law & Order, a role he would go on to play for 20 years. Belzer’s portrayal of Munch was widely praised, and he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1997.

Belzer’s career was not limited to television. He also appeared in a number of films, including Man on the Moon, Scary Movie 5, and The Last Dragon. He also wrote several books, including the autobiographical I Am Not a Cop! and the novel The Belzer Connection.

Belzer’s death was confirmed by his family, who said in a statement that he had passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut. His family said he was surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his death.

The world of comedy and television has lost a true icon in Richard Belzer. He will be remembered for his sharp wit, irreverent humor, and incredible talent. He will be dearly missed.






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