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Belzer and friend, from a 2006 ad shoot for the Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center.

Richard Jay Belzer (August 4, 1944 February 19, 2023) was an American actor best known for playing the character John Munch for 25 years across multiple shows and continuities. He was otherwise best known as a stand-up comedian (look for his 1997 album/HBO comedy special Another Lone Nut) — who was a stalwart of the club scene throughout the 80s — and author (among the titles he's wrote are How to Be a Stand-Up Comic and the fiction novels I am Not a Cop and I am Not a Psychic).

He was Henry Winkler's cousin.

He passed away in 2023 after a period of ill health. Reportedly, his last words were "Fuck you, motherfucker."

We would show you a page of stuff he did, which doesn't just include playing John Munch in fifty different shows over the course of several decades, but we don't have such a page prepared yet so you might as well go to the John Munch page instead.

Some of the non-John Munch acting roles include: