Richard Belzer Obituary, Death Cause – Richard Belzer has died. Richard Belzer, who was known for his role as John Munch on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and other episodes of American television, went suddenly on Sunday at his home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Belzer had portrayed one of the most famous police investigators in the history of American television. The passing of Richard Belzer signals the conclusion of an era in the history of television in the United States. He was 78.
Mr. Belzer, who was a stand-up comedian when he wasn’t portraying Munch on television, gave an interview to AARP The Magazine in 2010 and described his television alter ego as “Lenny Bruce with a badge.” The run of the character began in 1993 on the television show “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and it also includes cameo appearances on the shows “Sesame Street” and “30 Rock.”
At the time of his retirement, Mr. Belzer was widely referred to as the actor who had both the longest run portraying the same character on television and the actor who had the most consecutive years playing the same character. This recognition earned him the title of “the actor who had the most consecutive years playing the same character.” The information that Mr. Belzer had passed away was confirmed by Mr. Bill Scheft, who was a close friend of Mr. Belzer.
Mr. Scheft, who has been working on a documentary about Mr. Belzer’s life and career, noted that the actor had been struggling with circulatory and respiratory issues for a number of years. Mr. Scheft has been working on the documentary. Richard Belzer, Detective Munch on ‘Law & Order: S.V.U.,’ Dies at 78. When he was performing stand-up comedy, he would allude to his portrayal as a tough guy on the long-running television program as “Lenny Bruce with a badge.”