Richard Belzer

Comedian, Actor, Talk show host
Though best known to television audiences as John Munch, the sharp-tongued detective from "Homicide: Life On the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), Richard Belzer's career ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1944 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (122)

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1992 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1992 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1992 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1992 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1992 - 2000, 2002 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1992 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1992 - 2000, 2002 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Loves Coco 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Uprising 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Polish Bar 2009 (Movie)

Hershel (Actor)

VH1 Rock Docs: Lords of the Revolution 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Last Comic Standing 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The ACLU Freedom Files 2005 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Belzer Connection 1997 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Host

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Kaufman: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Passion 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Criminal Mind II 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

People v. Simpson: Unfinished Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

John Belushi: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jump 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

US President (Actor)

The American Comedy Awards Viewer's Choice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Town Hall 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

When Cars Attack 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Brady Sequel 1996 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Caroline's Comedy Hour 1989 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cutting Edge: The Future of Crime Fighting 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Caller No 4 (Actor)

The Future of Crime Fighting 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Invaders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

But Seriously '94 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandit, Bandit 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Harley-Davidson's 90th Birthday Blast 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

North 1994 (Movie)

Barker (Actor)

The A-List 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Puppet Masters 1994 (Movie)

Jarvis (Actor)

A Tribute to Sam Kinison 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Belzer on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

MC/Comic (Actor)

Off and Running 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Studio 59 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing Pieces 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

TV Producer (Actor)

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

The Beach Boys: Endless Summer 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Vidoo Show Host (Actor)

The Comedy Club Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Freeway 1988 (Movie)

Dr David Lazarus (Actor)

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Belz (Actor)

The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

America 1986 (Movie)

Gypsy Beam (Actor)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Belzer in Concert 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicke of the Night 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Babylon Club Emcee (Actor)

The Fact 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Author! Author! 1982 (Movie)

Seth Shapiro (Actor)

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

Pig (Actor)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Catch a Rising Star Emcee (Actor)

Flicks 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Groove Tube 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Video Awards (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Pursuits (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just a Ride (TV Show)

Actor

Not of This Earth (TV Show)

Actor

Prince For a Day (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Bitter Jester 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Though best known to television audiences as John Munch, the sharp-tongued detective from "Homicide: Life On the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), Richard Belzer's career included a lengthy and respected stint as a stand-up comic, as well as stints as a television and radio talk show host, author, and producer. He was also a favorite guest on numerous TV talk shows for his acerbic and occasionally controversial statements, as well as for his noteworthy status as one of the most best known of all conspiracy buffs.

Relationships

Charles

Father
Sold candy, cigarettes, vending machines Committed suicide four years after his wife's death; Richard was 22

Frances

Mother
Richard claimed she used to beat him Died of cancer when son was 18

Dalia Danoch

Wife
Married 1976 Divorced 1978

Harlee McBride Actor

Wife
Met 1981 Married 1985 Acted together on " Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

Gail Ross

Wife
Married 1966 Divorced 1972

EDUCATION

Dean Junior College

Milestones

2011

Guest starred on "30 Rock" (NBC) as John Munch

2009

Appeared in documentary "My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story"

2009

Narrated VH1 documentary series "VH1 Rock Docs: Lords of the Revolution"

2006

Made a cameo as Munch on comedy series "Arrested Development" (Fox)

2000

Appeared as Detective Munch on an episode of the Tom Fontana/Barry Levinson police series "The Beat" (UPN)

1999

Reprised role of Detective John Munch on NBC spin-off "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

1998

Signed deal with HBO for weekly, late-night animated series "Belzer's Conspiracy Chronicles"

1997

Guest starred as Detective Munch on Fox's "The X-Files," a rare case where a character from one network was allowed to appear on a rival

1996

Reprised Detective Munch on NBC's "Law & Order"

1994

Played recurring role of Inspector Henderson on ABC's romantic superhero series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

1993

TV-movie debut, " Bandit: Bandit Bandit"

1993

Played signature role of acerbic Detective John Munch on police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1992

Starred on Showtime special "Belzer on Broadway"

1990

Played recurring role of Joe Kline on CBS superhero adventure series "The Flash"

1988

Served as rotating host for Fox's "The Late Show"

1986

Made guest appearance on first HBO benefit telecast for the homeless "Comic Relief"

1986

Starred on HBO comedy special "Richard Belzer in Concert"

1983

Debut as regular on TV series, "Thicke of the Night"

1982

TV debut on a comedy special, "The Fact"

1974

Feature film debut in starring role, "The Groove Tube"

Worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post

Co-hosted WNBC morning drive-time radio show "Brink and Belzer" in late 1970s

Off-Broadway debut, "The National Lampoon Show" opposite Gildna Radner, Bill Murray, and Jim Belushi

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