Det. John Munch
Richard Belzer reprises his role as acerbic Detective John Munch on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," after first portraying Munch on the critically acclaimed drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street" for seven seasons. His character transferred from Baltimore to New York to join the crime unit.
"This is one conspiracy in which I was a willing participant," says Belzer, a renowned conspiracy theorist. In fact, Belzer has played Detective Munch on a record number of television series-- "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Homicide," "The X-Files" and "The Beat."
The veteran standup comic, actor, talk-show host and author was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Due to his "uncontrollable wit," Belzer was politely asked to leave every school he ever attended. He first worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post and several other newspapers around the country. This interest in journalism is traced directly to his days as a paperboy in his hometown. Belzer honed his life experiences into barbed comedic material drawn from other former jobs including teacher, census-taker, jewelry salesman and dockworker.
Belzer began his career in show business with a starring role in "Groove Tube," the counterculture film that went on to become a cult classic. Since then, Belzer's comedic talents have been featured in every entertainment medium from off-Broadway ("The National Lampoon Show" with Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and John Belushi) to radio ("Brink and Belzer" on WNBC) to film ("Fame," "Author, Author," "Night Shift" and "Scarface").
He also appeared as himself in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon." His other film credits include "Species II," "Get on the Bus," "Girl 6," "A Very Brady Sequel," "North," "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Big Picture." Additionally, Belzer starred in his own HBO comedy special, "Another Lone Nut," and released a comedy CD of the same title. He hosted the primetime special "When Cars Attack," starred in the six-part comedy Showtime series "The Richard Belzer Show," hosted the live Lifetime talk show, 'Hot Properties,' and Court TV's "Crime Stories."
Belzer is also the author of "UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe," and is the co-author of "How to Be a Standup Comic." Belzer hosted and produced "The Belzer Connection," a series of conspiracy-theory prime time specials for the SCIFI Channel. He is currently writing, producing, and starring in a sketch comedy-style feature-film satire, "This is America." for Madonna's Maverick Films. A companion book is being published by Judith Regan's imprint, Regan Books.
Belzer was honored by the New York Friars Club and the Toyota Comedy Festival as the honoree of the first ever roast that was open to the public. Comedians and friends on the dais included Roast Master Paul Shaffer, Christopher Walken, Danny Aiello, Barry Levinson, Robert Klein, Bill Maher, "SVU" co-stars Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, and Dann Florek, and "Law & Order's" Jerry Orbach.
Belzer and his wife, actress Harlee McBride, live in New York City while filming the series and in France during the remainder of the year.