|Net Worth||$16 Million|
|Height||6 ft (1.85 m)|
|Profession||Comedian, Talk show host, Actor, Stand-up comedian, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Author, Journalist, Radio personality, Presenter|
|Date of Birth||Aug 4, 1944 (77 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Richard Belzer Net Worth:
How much is Richard Belzer Net worth?
American stand-up comedian, novelist, and actor Richard Belzer has a net worth of $16 million. Richard Belzer is best known for his recurring role as John Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” From 1993 to 2016, he has also portrayed the character in a variety of other television programs. Belzer has also appeared in the films “The Groove Tube,” “Freeway,” “North,” and “Species II.”
Belzer was a prominent performer on the National Lampoon Radio Hour alongside John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Harold Ramis, a half-hour comedy program broadcast on more than 600 U.S. radio stations (1973-75). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s,
John Munch Document
Belzer has the distinction of portraying John Munch on many television episodes for more than two decades. He portrayed the role in the NBC police drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as a regular cast member. After performing the role for 22 straight television seasons spanning 23 years, from 1993 to 2016, Belzer beat the record formerly shared by James Arness and Kelsey Grammer for the longest consecutive years portraying a single character. Arness portrayed Marshall Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke” for twenty straight seasons. Dr. Frasier Crane was portrayed by Grammer for 20 straight seasons on “Cheers” and “Frasier.” Belzer featured in 122 Homicide episodes and 325 SVU episodes. Belzer appeared as the role in various episodes of other television programs, including “The X-Files,” “The Wire,” and “30 Rock.”
Richard Belzer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 4, 1944 to Jewish parents Charles and Frances. His mother was frequently physically violent, and he used humor to prevent her from assaulting him and his elder brother Leonard. Belzer attended Fairfield Warde High School as a teenager; after graduation, he worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post. Belzer attended Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts for his higher education, but was ultimately expelled. He then worked as a census taker, among other odd jobs. In 1968, Belzer’s father committed suicide.
In the early 1970s, Belzer began his entertainment career in New York City as a stand-up comedian. He played there at Pips, Improv, and Catch a Rising Star. Additionally, from 1975 and 1980, Belzer served as the audience warm-up comic for “Saturday Night Live” and made several guest appearances on the program.
In 1984, Belzer starred in a short-lived television program titled “The Richard Belzer Show.” He subsequently featured in episodes of “Moonlighting,” “Miami Vice,” and “Tattingers.” In the 1990s, Belzer began to appear more regularly on television. He had a recurrent role as a news reporter on the CBS series “The Flash” at the beginning of the decade. In several episodes of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” he also portrayed Inspector William Henderson. In 1993, Detective John Munch in the police drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” provided Belzer with his breakout role. The program ran for seven seasons until 1999 and was a tremendous hit. After the conclusion of the series, Belzer returned his role as John Munch for 325 episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” through 2016.
In addition to “Homicide” and “SVU,” Belzer has portrayed John Munch in various other television episodes. Between 1996 and 2000, he appeared in four episodes of the original “Law & Order” and one episode of “The X-Files” as the character. In 2000, Belzer portrayed Munch in the television movies “Homicide: The Movie” and “The Beat” on UPN. His other Munch appearances include “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Arrested Development,” “The Wire,” and even “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
In 1974, Belzer made his film debut in “The Groove Tube,” an indie comedy in which he played many parts. In the early 1980s, he appeared in tiny roles in “Fame,” “Café Flesh,” “Author! Author!,” “Night Shift,” and the remake of “Scarface” by Brian De Palma. Belzer appeared in the neo-noir thriller “Freeway” and the comedy “The Wrong Guys,” “The Big Picture,” and “Fletch Lives” later in the decade. In “Species II,” he portrayed the president of the United States. His 90s credits include “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Off and Running,” “Mad Dog and Glory,” “Dangerous Game,” “North,” “The Puppet Masters,” “Get on the Bus,” “A Very Brady Sequel,” and “Species II.”
Beyond television and movies, Belzer has made several radio appearances. He was featured on “National Lampoon Radio Hour” alongside Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, and John Belushi from 1973 to 1975. He cohosted “Brink & Belzer” in New York City in the later 1970s. In addition, Belzer has been a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show” and on Alex Jones’ right-wing conspiracy show.
Theories of Conspiracy and Books
Belzer, a believer in conspiracies surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy, has authored multiple books on the topic. His works include “UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Need to Be Crazy to Believe” and “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Nation’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups.” Belzer has also authored non-conspiracy theory-related works such as “How to Become a Stand-Up Comedian” and “I Am Not a Cop!”
Hulk Hogan Incident
In 1985, days before the first WrestleMania, Belzer requested that professional wrestler Hulk Hogan execute one of his hallmark techniques on his chat show “Hot Properties.” Hogan then placed the actor in a front chinlock, which caused Belzer to pass out. When he was discharged, Belzer banged his head on the floor, causing a cut that necessitated a brief hospital stay. After this event, Belzer filed a $5 million lawsuit against Hogan, which was ultimately resolved out of court.
Belzer married his first wife, Gail Susan Ross, in 1966; they divorced in 1972. Four years later, he wed boutique manager Dalia Danoch; they divorced in 1978. Belzer married actress Harlee McBride in 1985, and they had two stepdaughters called Jessica and Bree.
Belzer is a testicular cancer survivor, having defeated the disease in 1983. Following his tenure on “SVU,” he relocated to the village of Bozouls in the south of France.