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Richard Belzer Biography, Age, Spouse/Wife, Hulk Hogan, Death, Rumors, Conspiracies, Stand Up comedy, Net Worth

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Richard Jay Belzer (born August 4, 1944) is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor.

Best recognized for his cast as BPD Detective, NYPD Detective/Sergeant and DA Investigator John Munch, whom he has drawn as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as in guest appearances on a number of other series.

He has portrayed the characters for 23 years from 1993 to 2016.

Richard Belzer Biography

Nationality & Age as of 2019

He is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His citizen is American and ethnicity is Ashkenazi Jewish and as of 2019, he is 74 years old.


He was the son of Frances(mother) and Charles Belzer(father) a tobacco and candy retailer. He grew up in a Jewish family.

Belzer has described his mother as a physically abusive person. He announced that his comedy career started when trying to make his mother laugh in order to distract her from abusing him and his brother.

His mother (Frances) died of breast cancer when Richard was 18. His father (Charles) committed suicide when he was 22. A devotion is written to him in Belzer’s “UFO’s, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have To Be Crazy To Believe” (Ballantine Books, 1999).

Personal Life

Belzer survived testicular cancer in 1983. His HBO special and comedy CD Another Lone Nut pokes fun at this healing incident as well as his state as a well-known conspiracy theorist.

Hulk Hogan

On March 27, 1985, days prior to the inaugural WrestleMania, Belzer requested on his cable TV talk show Hot Properties that Hulk Hogan demonstrate one of his signature wrestling moves. After being asked by Belzer several times, Hogan put Belzer in a front chin-lock, which caused Belzer to pass out. When Hogan released him, Belzer hit his head on the floor, sustaining a laceration to the scalp that required a brief hospitalization. Belzer sued Hogan for $5 million and settled out of court. He used the incident in his HBO special Another Lone Nut as part of his stand-up routine.

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Marriage, Wife/Spouse(Harlee McBride) & Children

Belzer’s first two marriages were to Gail Susan Ross (1966–72) and boutique manager Dalia Danoch (1976 – c. 1978). Ends up divorcing them.

And in In 1981 in Los Angeles, he meets the 31-year-old Harlee McBride.  Richard marries her In, 1985. The couple has 2 children together, a son(Bree Benton) and a daughter(Jessica).

Eventually, the couple then divorces.

Harlee McBride

Is an American actress, best known for the role of Cynthia Chatterley in Young Lady Chatterley and Young Lady Chatterley II.

She had been seen in Playboy magazine four years earlier in that year’s sex-in-cinema feature, in conjunction with Young Lady Chatterley, was appearing in TV commercials for Ford motors and acting in free theater, when she met Belzer at the suggestion of a friend. The two married in 1985.

Leonard Belzer Died

Belzer’s older brother, Leonard Belzer (age 73) committed suicide in the wee hours of July 30, 2014, by jumping from the roof of the New York City luxury apartment building in which he had lived in. Belzer’s father had also committed suicide in 1968.

Belzer is a cousin of actor Henry Winkler.


Belzer graduates from Fairfield Warde High School and heads off to work as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post. Belzer attends Dean College(then known as Dean Junior College), in Franklin, Massachusetts. He is later expelled for leading demonstrations for stupid causes.

Rumors, Controversy, and Criticism

Richard and his partner broke up. He exchanged vows in an intimate morning ceremony at a secret location. He has cancer too.

Richard secretly married on April 3, 2017. He has died at the age of 72.

Is Richard Belzer Dead or Alive?

Rumors on the Internet that actor and author Belzer has died are not true.

He is alive. Recently he announced he had a brother, Lean, who died. Belzer confirmed that his brother’s death was ruled by suicide.


Stand-up Comedy

After his first divorce, Belzer relocated to New York City, moved in with singer Shelley Ackerman, and began working as a stand-up comic at Pips, The Improv, and Catch a Rising Star.

He engaged in the Channel One comedy group that satirized television and became the basis for the cult movie The Groove Tube, in which Belzer played the costar of the ersatz TV show “The Dealers.

Belzer was the audience warm-up comedian for Saturday Night Live and made three guest appearances on the show between 1975 and 1980. He also opened for musician Warren Zevon during his tour supporting the release of his album Excitable Boy.


In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Belzer displayed an occasional film actor. He is regarded for small roles in FameCafé FleshNight Shift, and Scarface.


In addition to his film career, Belzer was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour with co-stars John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Harold Ramis, a half-hour comedy program displayed on 600 plus U.S. stations from 1973 to 1975.

He co-hosted Brink & Belzer on 660AM WNBC radio in New York City. He has been a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show.

Following the withdrawal of Randi Rhodes from Air America Radio, Belzer guest-hosted the afternoon show on the network.


In the 1990s, Belzer appeared frequently on television. He was a regular on The Flash as a news anchor and reporter. In several episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, he played Inspector William Henderson.

He followed that with starring roles on the Baltimore-based Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999) and the New York-based Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–2013), portraying police detective John Munch in both series.

Barry Levinson, executive director of Homicide, said Belzer was a “lousy actor” in an audition when he read lines from the script for “Gone for Goode”, the first episode in the series. Levinson asked Belzer to take time to reread and practice the material, then read it again. At his second reading, Levinson said Belzer was “still terrible”, but that the actor eventually found confidence in his performance.

In addition, Belzer has played Munch in episodes on seven other series and in a sketch on one talk show, making Munch the only fictional character to appear on eleven different television shows played by a single actor. These shows were on six different networks:

  • Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC)
  • Law & Order (NBC)
  • The X-Files (Fox)
  • The Beat (UPN)
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (NBC)
    • Belzer’s appearance on Trial by Jury, which aired April 15, 2005, made him the third actor ever to play the same character in six different prime time TV series.
      The other two actors are John Ratzenberger and George Wendt, who played Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson, respectively, in Cheers (1982–93); St. Elsewhere (1985); The Tortellis (1987); Wings (1990); The Simpsons (1994); and Frasier (2002).
  • Arrested Development (Fox)
  • The Wire (HBO)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
    • The characters are watching a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode; a scene shot for 30 Rock
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), in which he played a John Munch-like character on a fictional Law & Order spinoff.

Title Role Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Show)

  • Remember Me — 2018
  • Remember Me Too — 2018
  • Mama — 2018

See all 400 Episodes Sgt. John Munch 2018

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (Movie) Participant 2010

The Wire (TV Show)

  • Took — 2008


Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV Show)

  • Skeleton — 2005

 Munch 2005

3rd Rock From the Sun (TV Show)

  • Dick’ll Take Manhattan — 2000

 Himself 2000

The Beat (TV Show)

  • They Say It’s Your Birthday — 2000

 John Munch 2000

Law & Order (TV Show)

  • Entitled — 2000
  • Baby, It’s You — 1997
  • Charm City — 1996

John Munch 1996 – 2000

Homicide: The Movie (Movie) John Munch 2000

Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Show)

  • Forgive Us Our Trespasses — 1999
  • The Why Chromosome — 1999
  • Identity Crisis — 1999

See all 33 Episodes Det. John Munch 1999

Mad About You (TV Show)

  • Stealing Burt’s Car — 1999

Det. Sharp 1999

Man On The Moon (Movie) Himself 1999
La ley y el orden UVE (TV Show) Det. John Munch 
Law & Order: New York (TV Show) Det. John Munch 
Species II (Movie) US President 1998

The X-Files (TV Show)

  • Unusual Suspects — 1997

Det. Munch 1997

Girl 6 (Movie) Caller #4–Beach 1996
A Very Brady Sequel (Movie) Detective 1996
Not Of This Earth (Movie) Jeremy Pallin 1996
Get On The Bus (Movie) Rick 1996

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Show)

  • The House of Luthor — 1994
  • The Foundling — 1994
  • Witness — 1994

See all 4 Episodes Insp. Henderson 1994

North (Movie) Barker 1994
Robert A. Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters (Movie) Jarvis 1994
Dangerous Game (Movie)  1993
Mad Dog And Glory (Movie) MC/Comic 1993

Monsters (TV Show)

  • Werewolf of Hollywood — 1991

 Screenwriter 1991

Missing Pieces (Movie) Baldessari 1991
Off And Running (Movie) Milt 1991
The Bonfire Of The Vanities (Movie) TV Producer 1990
Fletch Lives (Movie) Phil 1989
The Big Picture (Movie) Video Show Host 1989
The Wrong Guys (Movie) Belz 1988
Flicks (Movie)  1987

Miami Vice (TV Show)

  • Trust Fund Pirates — 1986

 Captain Hook 1986

Moonlighting (TV Show)

  • Twas the Episode Before Christmas — 1985

Leonard 1985

Scarface (Movie) M.C. at Babylon Club 1983
Night Shift (Movie)  1982
Author! Author! (Movie) Seth Shapiro 1982
Fame (Movie)  1980

Saturday Night Live (TV Show)

  • Eric Idle; Joe Cocker — 1976


The Groove Tube (Movie) Rodriguez/Leo Batfish/The President/The Hooker 1974


Performer (5 Credits)
Title Role Year

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (TV Show)

  • The Tonight Show With Jay Leno — 2003


The Kennedy Center Presents (TV Show)

  • The Mark Twain Prize — 2001


Friars Club Roast: Rob Reiner (TV Show)  
Thicke of the Night (TV Show)  
Young Comedians All-Star Reunion (TV Show)  


Remarks by (5 Credits)
Title Role Year
Back from Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison (TV Show)  
Sam Kinison: Back from Hell (TV Show)  

Biography (TV Show)

  • Sam Kinison — 2009


Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (TV Show)  

Heroes of Jewish Comedy (TV Show)

  • Insult — 2003



Host (3 Credits)
Title Role Year
Jerry Lewis Telethon (TV Show)  

Crime Stories (TV Show)

  • Inside the Criminal Mind II — 1999

See all 2 Episodes  1999

Later (TV Show)

  • 1996 June 06


Panelist (1 Credit)
Title Role Year

Real Time with Bill Maher (TV Show)

  • Real Time With Bill Maher — 2011

See all 7 Episodes  2007 – 2011


Voice (1 Credit)
Title Role Year

Shorties Watchin’ Shorties (TV Show)

  • Shorties Watchin’ Shorties — 2004



Judge (1 Credit)
Title Role Year

Iron Chef America (TV Show)

  • Garces vs. Becker — 2012



Narrator (1 Credit)
Title Role Year

Lords of the Revolution (TV Show)

  • Andy Warhol — 2009
  • Timothy Leary — 2009
  • The Black Panthers — 2009

See all 5 Episodes  2009


A person who is interviewed (but is not an on-stage guest) (1 Credit)
Title Role Year

Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (TV Show)

  • The Wiseguys: Never Give a Sucker an Even Break; Satire and Parody: Sock It to ME? — 2009
  • The Wiseguys: Never Give a Sucker an Even Break — 2009
  • Satire and Parody: Sock It to ME? — 2009



Guest (23 Credits)
Title Role Year

Inside Comedy (TV Show)

  • Bette Midler; Richard Belzer — 2014


Crook & Chase (TV Show)

  • Richard Belzer — 2013


Tom Green Live (TV Show)

  • Richard Belzer — 2013


Piers Morgan Live (TV Show)

  • Piers Morgan Tonight — 2012


The Green Room With Paul Provenza (TV Show)

  • Richard Belzer, Dave Attell, Janeane Garofalo, Doug Stanhope, and Glenn Wool — 2011


Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (TV Show)

  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon — 2010


Tavis Smiley (TV Show)

  • Tavis Smiley — 2008 to 2009

2008 – 2009

Jimmy Kimmel Live (TV Show)

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! — 2009


The Martha Stewart Show (TV Show)

  • Emeril Lagasse and Actor Richard Belzer — 2009


The View (TV Show)

  • The View — 2004, 2005 & 2009

See all 6 Episodes  2004 – 2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (TV Show)

  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — 2008


Today (TV Show)

  • Today — 2008


Today (TV Show)

  • Today — 2008


Late Show with David Letterman (TV Show)

  • Late Show With David Letterman — 2008


Real Time with Bill Maher (TV Show)

  • Real Time With Bill Maher — 2008


Celebrity Poker Showdown (TV Show)

  • Oksana Baiul, Richard Belzer, Dean Cain, Nicholas Gonzalez, Kevin Nealon — 2005


Speaking Freely (TV Show)

  • Richard Belzer — 2003


Caroline Rhea (TV Show)

  • Caroline Rhea — 2003


Friars Club Roast: Chevy Chase (TV Show)  

AJ After Hours (TV Show)

  • AJ After Hours — 2001


Politically Incorrect (TV Show)

  • Politically Incorrect — 2001


The Martin Short Show (TV Show)

  • The Martin Short Show — 2000


Corner Table (TV Show)

  • Richard Belzer
Appearing (8 Credits)
Title Role Year

American Masters (TV Show)

  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work — 2014


Tom Green Live (TV Show)

  • The Best of Season One — 2014


America Declassified (TV Show)

  • JFK 50th; Toxic Waste Scare; Quiet Zone — 2013


George Carlin: The Mark Twain Prize (TV Show)
Roast of Joan Rivers (TV Show)

Last Comic Standing (TV Show)

  • Last Comic Standing — 2008

See all 4 Episodes  2008

Minding the Store (TV Show)

  • Roast — 2005


Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (TV Show)

Richard Belzer Net Worth

In enhancement to being the actor behind Detective John Munch in Law and Order: SVU, He is also a stand-up comedian and author. He owes his $16 million net worth to a variety of pursuits and has appeared in a number of roles outside of Detective Munch.

Belzer has appeared in television series Saturday Night LiveThe Flash, Lois, and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and South Park. He has appeared in the role of Detective Munch in Homicide: Life on the StreetArrested Development, The X-Files and 30 Rock. Belzer has also appeared in a number of movies (usually as a detective). These include Polish Bar, Deadly Pursuits, Species II, Man on The Moon and Scarface.

In accordance with Showbiz, Cheat Sheet, he is being ranked number at number 4 in the richest cast members.



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