Celebrities who died in 2023

Richard Belzer, 78

Richard Belzer in a dark suit holding his hands out like a gun

Richard Belzer.

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For the reason that early Nineteen Nineties Richard Belzer was synonymous with the TV police procedural.

Taking part in the character detective John Munch, his sarcastic allure made him a fixture on exhibits like “Murder: Life on the Road” and “Legislation & Order” for years. However he was so good at his character that Belzer’s Munch additionally discovered his approach on different exhibits on different networks, which is exceptional.

Munch appeared on 11 completely different TV exhibits, which has by no means occurred to a fictional character within the historical past of tv. They embrace: “Murder,” “Legislation & Order,” “The X-Recordsdata,” “The Beat,” “Legislation & Order: Trial By Jury,” “Arrested Improvement,” “The Wire,” “30 Rock,” “Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit,” “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Earlier than enjoying Munch, Belzer was recognized for his stand-up comedy. He was the warm-up act within the early days of “Saturday Night time Reside.” And for those who look shut sufficient you may see Belzer enjoying the MC on the Miami membership in “Scarface” earlier than the dramatic shootout occurs.

Belzer died on February 19 at his residence within the south of France after “an sickness.”