Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

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Age
70
Birthday
Aug. 4th, 1944
Born in
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Height
6' 1"

Richard Belzer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Show
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Flash TV Show
The Flash
Homicide: Life on the Street TV Show
Homicide: Life on the Street
Celebrity Blackjack TV Show
Celebrity Blackjack
Later with Bob Costas TV Show
Later with Bob Costas
Lords of the Revolution TV Show
Lords of the Revolution
Minding The Store TV Show
Minding The Store
The Beat TV Show
The Beat
 

Main Movie Roles

1999 - 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

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Det. John Munch
4
Richard Belzer
3
Richard Belzer
2
Buzz Hunkle
1
Det. John Munch
1
Leonard
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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).


TRIVIA:
  • As of 2007, he is the only actor to play the same character in nine different series. He has played Detective John Munch in _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv), _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv), _"The X Files" (1993)_ (qv), _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv), _"The Beat" (2000)_ (qv), _"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005)_ (qv), _"Arrested Development" (2003)_ (qv), _"The Wire" (2002)_ (qv), and _"Paris enquêtes criminelles" (2007)_ (qv). He followed 'John Ratzenberger' (qv) and 'George Wendt (I)' (qv), who played Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson respectively in six series: _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv), _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv), _"The Tortellis" (1987)_ (qv), _"Wings" (1990)_ (qv), _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) and _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv).
  • A paper boy in his youth in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he later worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post and several other newspapers around the country. Other jobs included teacher, census-taker, jewelry salesman and dockworker.
  • Became the third person to play the same character in six different prime-time TV series, playing Detective "John Munch" in _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv) (originating series), _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv) (crossover), _"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005)_ (qv)(crossover), _"The X Files" (1993)_ (qv) (crossover), _"The Beat" (2000)_ (qv) (guest appearance in the short-lived UPN series), and _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv). He followed 'John Ratzenberger' (qv) and 'George Wendt (I)' (qv), who played "Cliff Clavin" and "Norm Peterson" in _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv), _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv), _"The Tortellis" (1987)_ (qv), _"Wings" (1990)_ (qv), _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv), and _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv). Belzer upped his record to seven series with a cameo appearance in the 4th-to-last episode of 'David Simon (II)' (qv)'s HBO series _"The Wire" (2002) {Took (#5.7)}_ (qv) (originally airing February 17, 2008); the appearance brought the character of Munch full circle as the character was born out of Simon's first series, Homicide, and in the scene he is hanging out in a police bar commenting on his experience owning a bar, which he did in Homicide.
  • Appeared in episodes of three different series with 'Jerry Orbach' (qv): _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv), _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv), and _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv).
  • Appeared on the 25 March 1978 episode of _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) with 'Christopher Lee (I)' (qv) as the host and musical guest, 'Meat Loaf' (qv).
  • 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.
  • Played himself in the movie _Fame (1980)_ (qv).
  • Testified on behalf of a low-level criminal who ran onto the set of _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv) while fleeing actual Baltimore police and surrendered to the actors; Belzer said the look on the guy's face was sufficient punishment


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