Richard Belzer and his stuntman, from Elmopalooza.

Richard Belzer (b. 1944) is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as Detective John Munch in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street and in the Law & Order franchise. In total, the character of Munch has appeared on 10 television series.[1]

His role was alluded to when Belzer made a cameo appearance in the special Elmopalooza. In fact, when he arrives backstage to rescue Jon Stewart from his locked dressing room, Big Bird mistakes him for a police officer. He's not able to break the door down, so he calls in his stuntman, Sparky.

In the late 1970s, Belzer appeared in a short Sesame Street film insert with Brian Doyle-Murray involving two men in a boat (EKA: Episode 1083), released on Old School: Volume 2.

Belzer was later caricatured (along with his Law & Order: Special Victims Unit costars) in Law & Order: Special Letters Unit in Sesame Street Season 37.

In Season 38, Belzer appeared to present "lazy" as the Word of the Day.


  1. "Belzer Character Munch Makes TV History," Contactmusic.com. June 8, 2007.

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