Richard Belzer stars as the acerbic Sergeant John Munch on Wolf Films/Universal Television's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Before his 15 seasons on "SVU," he portrayed Munch on NBC's critically acclaimed drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street" for seven years.
"This is one conspiracy in which I have been a willing participant," says Belzer, a renowned conspiracy theorist, of his 21-year crossover portrayal of Munch. In fact, Belzer has played Munch on a world record-setting 11 different television programs: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law and Order: Trial By Jury," "Homicide," "The X-Files," "The Beat," "Sesame Street," "The Wire," "Arrested Development" and "30 Rock," as well as "Homicide: The Movie."
The veteran stand-up comic, actor and author was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Due to his "uncontrollable wit," Belzer was thrown out of every school he ever attended. Prior to his career in showbiz, Belzer worked as a teacher, census-taker, jewelry salesman, dockworker and a reporter for the Bridgeport Post.
After cutting his teeth on stage and as the emcee at New York's legendary comedy club Catch a Rising Star, Belzer began his on-screen career with a starring role in the cult classic "Groove Tube." His comedic talents have since been featured in every entertainment medium from off-Broadway ("The National Lampoon Show" with Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and John Belushi) to radio (Brink and Belzer on WNBC) to film ("Fame," "Author, Author," "Night Shift" and "Scarface"). For his first foray into the literary world, he co-authored "How to Be a Standup Comic" with future "Borat" director and writer, Larry Charles, and Catch a Rising Star owner Rick Newman.
Belzer also appeared as himself as the Catch emcee in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon." Other film credits include "Species II," "Get on the Bus," "Girl 6," "A Very Brady Sequel," "North," "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Big Picture," "Polish Bar" and "Santorini Blue." In 1997, Belzer starred in his first HBO comedy special, "Another Lone Nut," and released a comedy CD of the same title. He hosted the ABC primetime special "When Cars Attack," starred in the six-part Showtime comedy series "The Richard Belzer Show" and hosted the live Lifetime talk show "Hot Properties" and Court TV's "Crime Stories." He also narrated the Animal Planet special "The Uprising." He'll soon star in the 2014 feature "Dallas in Wonderland."
Belzer co-authored two books in a noirish crime fiction series featuring Belzer himself as the mystery-solving protagonist - "I Am Not a Cop" and the sequel "I Am Not a Psychic." A world-renowned conspiracy theorist, Belzer is the author of "UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe," a best-selling anthology considered to be a definitive tome of the genre. He subsequently hosted "The Belzer Connection," a series of primetime conspiracy-themed specials for Syfy.
More recently, he wrote two New York Times Best Sellers - "Hit List," a nonfiction examination of some of the deaths surrounding the JFK assassination, and "Dead Wrong," a nonfiction work detailing some of the most controversial and famous deaths and cover-ups the country has ever seen. His latest book, "Conversations with Jerry Lewis," will be released in 2014.
Belzer hosts the popular YouTube series "Richard Belzer's Conversation," featuring in-depth and inspiring conversations with influential actors, writers, filmmakers and musicians.
When he's not working in the U.S., Belzer lives with his wife, actress Harlee McBride, in the south of France. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/MRbelzer.