Law And Order’ Star Richard Belzer Dead At 78

According to TMZ ‘Law and Order’ star and comedian Richard Belzer has died.

News about Belzer’s death spread like wildfire Sunday morning, with none other than Laraine Newman — an original ‘SNL’ cast member, who worked alongside Belzer from the mid-’70s through the ’80s — confirming the latest.

She wrote, “I’m so sad to hear of Richard Belzer’s passing. I loved this guy so much. He was one of my first friends when I got to New York to do SNL. We used to go out to dinner every week at Sheepshead Bay for lobster. One of the funniest people ever. A master at crowd work. RIP dearest.”

Comedian Marc Maron also sent his condolences, calling him an original and “one of the greats.” Other tributes are pouring in from all over showbiz, although details about his passing haven’t been officially released just yet.

Belzer was most known for portraying Det. John Munch on ‘Law & Order: SVU’, dating back to 1996. He’d starred in over 300 episodes of the fan-fave cop series … playing the quick-witted and razor-sharp Munch for several years. His character was written off in 2016.

His famous police character had also existed even before ‘SVU’ came around … Munch had existed in another TV universe — namely, on the classic hit ‘Homicide,’ where he starred opposite Ned Beatty, Daniel Baldwin and other big actors for seven straight seasons.



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