Richard Belzer died Sunday, February 19. He was 78 years old. The actor was best known for his lengthy career on TV, playing the role of John Munch on the police procedural series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and other shows for a whopping 23 years.
So, relive Belzer's life and career and see his net worth.
Richard Belzer's All-Around Career
Belzer might be known as a comedian and actor, but he was also a radio star and author.
TV-wise, he was best known for his role as the DA Investigator Munch. Aside from Life on the Street and Special Victims Unit, he also reprised this role in several other series, portraying the character for 23 years, from 1993 until he retired in 2016.
As a stand-up comedian, he started doing stand-up comedies at Pips, The Improv, and Catch a Rising Star after moving to New York City following his first divorce.
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He joined the Channel One comedy group that satirized TV and inspired the cult movie The Groove Tube. He became an occasional actor on the big screen, appearing in Fame, Café Flesh, Night Shift, Scarface, and A Very Brady Sequel.
Belzer also joined the radio world when he was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a half-hour comedy program that ran from 1973 to 1975.
Lastly, as an author, he wrote five books discussing conspiracy theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also penned Dead Wrong, and Hit List with journalist David Wayne and Someone is Hiding Something with Wayne and George Noory.
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With these to his name, Belzer had a net worth of $16 million at the time of his death.
Richard Belzer Dead at 78
Meanwhile, Laraine Newman broke the news about Belzer's demise after calling him "one of the funniest people ever."
Henry Winkler also paid tribute to his cousin, reposting Newman's post and captioning it with, "Rest in Peace Richard."
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Writer Bill Scheft told The Hollywood Reporter that his "longtime friend" died early Sunday at his home in Bozouls in southwest France.
"He had lots of health issues," he revealed. "And his last words were, 'F*** you, motherf*****.'"
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