Cast Member

Detective John Munch

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer stars as Detective John Munch in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," after first portraying Munch on the critically acclaimed drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street.”
Belzer has played Detective Munch on a record-setting 10 different television series: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law and Order: Trial By Jury," "Homicide," "The X-Files," "The Beat," "M.O.N.Y.," "Sesame Street," "The Wire" and "Arrested Development."
After cutting his teeth on stage at “Catch a Rising Star,” the notorious east-side comedy mecca, Belzer began his on-screen career with a starring role in "Groove Tube.” Belzer's comedic talents have since been featured in every entertainment medium from off-Broadway ("The National Lampoon Show”) to radio (“Brink and Belzer” on WNBC) to film ("Fame," "Author, Author," "Night Shift" and "Scarface"). He also appeared as himself – and the MC at the Catch – 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."
In 1997, Belzer starred in his own HBO comedy special, "Another Lone Nut," and released a comedy CD of the same title. He's hosted an ABC primetime special called "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."