Actor, comedian, radio personality, and author, Richard Belzer was born on August 4, 1944 in Bridgeport, CT. Belzer grew up in a troubled home, being physically abused by his mother. He used his humor as an escape, though it caused him difficulty in school, getting him suspended on numerous occasions. Belzer's mother died when he was eighteen and his father committed suicide when Belzer was twenty-two.

Belzer's first job was as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post. It turned out to be the first in a long string of jobs, including census taker, dock worker, and teacher. He got his break in show business, starring in Groove Tube, replacing Chevy Chase. He later went on to act in an off-Broadway show with Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. He has acted in other movies and even had a New York radio show called Brink and Belzer on WNBC.

Belzer's most famous role to date has been as John Munch, an acerbic detective. The character first appeared in NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street. He later appeared as the same detective in a cross-over with the NBC series Law and Order. When Homicide was cancelled, NBC kept the John Munch character alive in a spin-off series of Law and Order called Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, teaming him with actor and musician Ice-T. Belzer has also played John Munch on an episode of Fox's The X-Files and on UPN's The Beat, setting a record for the most series and networks one character has appeared upon.

Richard Belzer is married to actress Harlee McBride and they have two daughters.

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