Aug. 4th, 1944
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Richard Belzer's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1999 - Man on the Moon
1998 - Species II
1996 - A Very Brady Sequel
1994 - The Puppet Masters
1994 - North
1993 - Mad Dog and Glory
1990 - The Bonfire of the Vanities
1989 - Fletch Lives
1988 - The Wrong Guys
1983 - Scarface
1982 - Night Shift
1982 - Author! Author!
1980 - Fame
1974 - The Groove Tube
Guest TV Roles
Det. John Munch
Himself - Comedian
Det. John Munch
A social misfit, was kicked out of every school he ever attended, due to his uncontrollable wit. His mother (Frances) died of breast cancer when Richard was 18. His father (Charles) committed suicide when he was 22. A dedication is written to him in Richard Belzer's "UFO's, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Believe" (Ballantine Books, 1999).
- His character Detective John Munch, whom he has played continuously on _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv) and _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv) since January 1993, is currently the longest-running character on U.S. prime-time drama television.
- Appeared on the 2 October 1976 episode of _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) with 'Eric Idle' (qv) as the host and musical guests 'George Harrison (I)' (qv), 'Joe Cocker' (qv), and 'Stuff' (qv).
- Supporter of the North Shore Animal League. However his poodle fox terrier, Bebe, was adopted in France when he followed Belz home one day. Bebe is his near-constant companion, especially at public events.
- His aunt and uncle ('Henry Winkler' (qv)'s parents) were survivors of the Holocaust.
- Wrestler 'Hulk Hogan' (qv) hurt him while demonstrating a wrestling move on a 1986 TV show called _"Hot Properties" (1985)_ (qv). He was knocked unconscious and required stitches on his head. He sued Hogan for $5 million, but later settled out of court.
- Played himself in the movie _Fame (1980)_ (qv).
- Was born on the same day that 'Anne Frank (I)' (qv) and her family were arrested by the Gestapo.
- Was going to appear in 'Chevy Chase' (qv)'s movie, _Modern Problems (1981)_ (qv), but scheduling conflicts could not be worked out. The date for the shooting of his scene was postponed twice and the day his scene was supposed to be shot, Belzer had a lucrative club date in New York, which was postponed at the last minute.