The Forward reports:
Richard Belzer, the stand-up comedian who left an indelible mark on television in the character of Det. John Munch, a tough and versatile Jewish cop, has died at the age of 78. His death was first reported on social media by his friend, the actor Laraine Newman, of Saturday Night Live fame.
In the 1970s, Belzer served as the warm-up comedian for SNL, and appeared multiple times on its early seasons in bit parts.
Belzer, who retired from acting in 2016, was known for some out-there claims about the U.S. government, co-authoring Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination and other books. Belzer, who warned the U.S. was becoming a “fascist state” as early as 2013, had been living in the South of France.
Read the full article. Belzer played Detective Munch in multiple series for 23 seasons, making his the longest-running male television character.
Richard Belzer, comedian and Jewish TV cop for all seasons, dies at 78https://t.co/iQnGTLfacU
— TheForwardFeed (@TheForwardFeed) February 19, 2023
RIP comedian/actor/conspiracy theorist Richard Belzer, who played Detective John Munch in NBC’s HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET for seven seasons, then reprised the role for another 15 seasons on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, the longest-running male character in US 📺 history. pic.twitter.com/nWhizOE1RA
— Mike Rubin (@rubinbooty) February 19, 2023
Richard Belzer appeared as Det. Munch on Homicide, Law & Order, SVU, Trial By Jury, The Wire, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Beat, Arrested Development and The X-Files among others and was the first actor to play the same character on 10 different live-action shows.
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) February 19, 2023