Belzer, Richard

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Belzer, Richard Gender: M
Richard Jay Belzer
born on 4 August 1944 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Bridgeport, Connecticut, 41n10, 73w12
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Ackerman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°49 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 29°51'

Richard Belzer
photo: Jay Tamboli. Original uploader was MikeAllen at en.wikipedia, license cc-by-2.0


American actor who began his career as a comedian and became best known for his role as Detective John Munch on the television series Homicide: Life on the Streets. He portrayed the character on various TV shows for 23 years from 1993 to 2016. He was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show.

Richard Belzer launched his career in the 1970s as a member of an odd New York-based comedy troupe called Channel One. Some of the best sketches were assembled into an X-rated comedy feature, The Groove Tube, in 1970 that featured Belzer, Ken Shapiro, and a brash newcomer named Chevy Chase.

For the next decade, Belzer played the comedy-club circuit, popping up as a talk show guest, and appearing in occasional films such as Fame in 1982. In 1983 he joined another comedy troupe that appeared nightly on the syndicated interview program, Thicke of the Night, hosted by Allan Thicke. Though the show bombed, it enabled Belzer to secure better guest-star bookings, and ultimately a job hosting his own program in 1986 on cable. As a guest on that series, wrestler Hulk Hogan demonstrated a stranglehold on Belzer and caused the host to lose consciousness, prompting a highly publicized lawsuit by Belzer against Hogan. He sued for $5 million and settled out of court.

In the early 1990s, Richard Belzer appeared as a non-comic regular on the TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street. His character, Detective John Munch, appeared on three other shows: Law & Order, The X-Files and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Belzer believed there was a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and he wrote four books discussing conspiracy theories. Belzer's long-time character, John Munch, is also a believer in conspiracy theories, including the JFK assassination.

Belzer survived testicular cancer in 1983. His third marriage was to actress Harlee McBride in 1985. Belzer died at his home on 19 February 2023 at age 78 from complications of unspecified circulatory and respiratory conditions.

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  • other kin relationship with Winkler, Henry (born 30 October 1945). Notes: Cousins


  • Work : New Career 1970 (Began his comedy sketches)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1983 (Worked on the "Thicke of the Night" talk show)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1985 (Harlee McBride)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1986 (Began his own show)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1999 (Book on UFO's)
  • Work : New Job 2000 (Began appearing on "Law & Order")

Source Notes

Shelley Ackerman quotes him, 1999.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Survived testicular cancer)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal (By his mother)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Since 1985)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Personal injury, settled)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Stand-up comedy)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Talk show host and guest)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Several)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (UFOs and conspiracies)