Actor Richard Belzer, a core member of the “Regulation & Order” community behemoth, has died at age 78.
He was recognized for sporting his tinted glasses and doling out his cynical takes as Detective John Munch on the franchise’s “Regulation & Order: SVU” spinoff, which has aired for a record-breaking(Opens in a new tab) 24 years and stays one of the vital watched applications on tv.
Belzer’s demise was introduced by mates and Hollywood friends on social media, who shared reminiscences from the actor’s lengthy profession. No additional data on his passing has been launched, apart from a press release to The Hollywood Reporter(Opens in a new tab) that he had suffered from “numerous well being points.”
In a press release to Variety(Opens in a new tab), present creator Dick Wolf stated, “Richard Belzer’s Detective John Munch is one in every of tv’s iconic characters… Richard introduced humor and pleasure into all our lives, was the consummate skilled and we are going to all miss him very a lot.”
The position of Detective Munch was history-making in its personal proper — Munch appeared in additional tv sequence (9 complete) than every other fictional character. Belzer performed the position for 21 years, originating the acerbic detective on the 1993 present Murder: Life on the Avenue. Belzer departed from the position on “SVU” in 2013, however briefly returned to the show in 2016 and continued a sequence of visitor spots throughout a wide range of exhibits. Previous to his detective position, Belzer was recognized for his comedic abilities as each an actor and humorist.
Whereas long-time followers mourn the “Regulation & Order” loss, Belzer’s pal and author Invoice Scheft stated he left the world with one final Munch-ian line(Opens in a new tab): “Fuck you, motherfucker.”