Richard Belzer

American actor and comedian

Richard Jay Belzer (born August 4, 1944)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, conspiracy author,[2] and actor. He is best known for his role as John Munch,[3] whom he has portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street[4] and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Richard Belzer
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Belzer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009
Birth nameRichard Jay Belzer
Born (1944-08-04) August 4, 1944 (age 76)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Years active1972–present
GenresPolitical satire
Observational comedy
Subject(s)American culture
American politics
Current events
Mass media
Gail Susan Ross
(m. 1966; div. 1972)

Dalia Danoch
(m. 1976; div. 1978)

Harlee McBride (m. 1985)
Notable works and rolesJohn Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Belzer believes there was a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy[5] and has written four books discussing conspiracy theories.

Belzer is a cousin of actor Henry Winkler.[6]


  1. "Richard Belzer Biography (1944–)". Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  2. "Richard Belzer's Books".
  3. Belzer, Richard (2013-10-16). "Munch Madness". The Huffington Post.
  4. Locker, Melissa (October 16, 2013). "Farewell, Detective Munch: Richard Belzer's Cop Character Leaves SVU". Time.
  5. Birnbaum, Robert (November 18, 2013). "JFK Is Still Dead: Another Historiographical Moment". Virginia Quarterly Review. Charlottesville, Virginia. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  6. "Henry Winkler Pictures, Richard Belzer Photos - Photo Gallery: Surprising Celebrity Family Ties". TV Guide. Retrieved October 31, 2014.

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