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Richard Belzer Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' As Series Regular

October 10th, 2013 2:40pm EDT
Law & Order SVU
After 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: SVU" as a series regular.A spokesman has confirmed that the actor is stepping down from the long-running NBC procedural drama.

Belcher, 69, has been playing the character of John Munch for more than 20 years. He has made a staggering 450 appearances as the police detective.

On the Wed., Oct. 9, episode of "SVU," Munch handed in his retirement papers.  The Oct. 16 episode will feature his retirement party.

The good news is that Belcher isn't leaving the show permanently. He will make recurring appearances...

Tom Green to host new show

September 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Tom Green
Comedian Tom Green is returning to late-night TV for the first time in 10 years to host a one-hour weekly talk show.

Tom Green Live will premiere on U.S. cable channel AXS TV on 3 October (13) and the first guest will be Law & Order: SVU's Richard Belzer.

Green previously guest-hosted Late Night with David Letterman and fronted 2003's The New Tom Green Show as well as Internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight.

AXS TV founding partner Mark Cuban, says, "Throughout his career, Tom has embodied the skill set you look for in a live performer... Tom Green Live was exactly the type of sho...

Richard Belzer Defends His Nazi Salute

June 13th, 2012 8:22am EDT
Richard Belzer
Law & Order: SVU star Richard Belzer has defended himself after throwing a Nazi salute at a TV festival in Monaco on Tuesday.

The actor baffled fans at the Monte Carlo event with his bizarre antics, striking a controversial pose by holding two fingers above his lips, seemingly to mimic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. He then bent over on the red carpet and showed photographers his behind.

Belzer, who is Jewish, has now explained his behavior, and insists he was not acting offensively but simply mocking Hitler in the same vein as comedy legend Charlie Chaplin.

In a statement, he tells TMZ.c...

Richard Belzer: 'Choking Accuser Desperate For Attention'

March 12th, 2010 8:10am EST
Richard Belzer
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Richard Belzer has blasted a woman who accused him of choking her, insisting she was seeking attention and trying to "embarrass a famous person."

Milan Agnew, an employee at an Apple store in New York's Upper West Side, alleges Belzer, 65, entered the shop on Wednesday, shook and choked her, yelling, "I need help!" Agnew immediately called police and filed a harassment complaint.

The actor was questioned by cops and later released without charge - and is now speaking out about her claims, which he insists were entirely fabricated for attention.

Mariska Hargitay Due Back On Set

January 14th, 2009 3:11pm EST
Mariska Hargitay
Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay is battling back from a collapsed lung and will return to work on the show next week.

The actress injured herself during a sledge-riding accident, but is on the road to recovery, her co-star Richard Belzer reveals.

Belzer, who plays Detective John Munch in the cop show, says, "She's doing great. She's absolutely OK. If you believe in it say a prayer for her. If you don't send her appealing thoughts. She had a little accident sledding. But she's ok and she'll be back to work next week."

Hargitay's injury forced her to miss the Golden G...

TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Homicide: Life On The Street'

March 7th, 2008 3:19pm EST
Homicide: Life On The Street
"Homicide: Life on the Street" is one of the least-watched long-running police dramas that ever aired. It is superior in every way to its contemporaries "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue" and the modern "CSI". Picking up the mantle of realism left bare by the departure of "Hill Street Blues", "Homicide" detailed the everyday happenings in Baltimore's Homicide Division.

It was shot mainly using hand-held cameras in a style that would become the norm for gritty realistic crime dramas on both the big and small screen. The series' true ensemble cast prominently featured the excellent Andre...

Richard Belzer Wonders Where His 'Law & Order' Character Went

December 11th, 2007 3:08pm EST
Richard Belzer
Law & Order SVU star Richard Belzer is calling on the cop show's makers to explain why they are cutting him from the series.

Belzer's character Sergeant John Munch has slowly disappeared from the show's plotlines, causing fans of the grizzled cop to protest online.

And the 63-year-old actor is joining them, telling, "It's mystifying to me. And I have to admit my feelings are slightly hurt.

"But I do feel flattered my fans miss me."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Richard Belzer Character Makes TV History

August 6th, 2007 6:05pm EDT
Richard Belzer
Actor Richard Belzer has made television history - his character Detective John Munch has now appeared in 10 different shows, following the recent taping of an upcoming episode of The Wire.

Munch was created by writer David Simon for Homicide: Life On The Street in 1993, and the wise-cracking cop character has now notched up his 10th TV program in the fifth season of The Wire, another Simon creation.

Belzer's Munch has also featured in Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, Arrested Development, The Beat, The X-Files and Sesame S...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 4

August 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jeff Gordon
Happy Birthday to Happy Birthday to Disney Channel twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse (1992), NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon (1971), actor Michael DeLuise (1970), "Lost" actor Daniel Dae Kim (1968), New York Yankees pitching ace Roger Clemens (1962), film star Billy Bob Thornton (1955), "Law & Order: SVU" actor Richard Belzer (1944), American composer William Schuman (1910; d. 1992), and trumpet legend Louis Armstrong (1901; d. 1971).

'Law & Order' Star Richard Belzer To Write 2 Mystery Books Featuring Himself As A TV Performer

June 26th, 2007 11:49am EDT
Richard Belzer
NEW YORK (AP) - Richard Belzer has a story to tell you - about a guy named Richard Belzer. The 62-year-old actor-comedian has signed with Simon & Schuster to write two mystery books featuring himself as a TV performer caught up in his own plot.

''It is with great enthusiasm that I will bring the world of show business, celebrity worship, sly social commentary and even 'cameos' by real celebrities into my literary adventures,'' Belzer said in a statement released Monday by his publicist.

He plays Detective John Munch on NBC's ''Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.''

Belzer conti...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 4

August 4th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jeff Gordon
Happy Birthday to Happy Birthday to Disney Channel twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse (1992), NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon (1971), actor Michael DeLuise (1970), "Lost" actor Daniel Dae Kim (1968), Houston Astros ace Roger Clemens (1962), film star Billy Bob Thornton (1955), "Law & Order: SVU" actor Richard Belzer (1944), American composer William Schuman (1910; d. 1992), and trumpet legend Louis Armstrong (1901; d. 1971).

TV Snippets: 'Law & Order: SVU,' Miss America Pageant & More

April 4th, 2006 11:53am EDT
Jerry Lewis
* Veteran funnyman Jerry Lewis is planning to get serious to play a homeless pensioner in hit TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The 80-year-old will play cast regular Richard Belzer's uncle in an upcoming episode. Returning the favor, actor/comedian Belzer will host a Friars Club celebrity roast of Lewis in New York on June 9.

* The Miss America pageant is set to become a seven-episode reality show in an effort to boost TV ratings. For the first time in the competition's 85-year history viewers will vote for the contestants based on a seven-part reality TV series, Finding Mi...

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