Richard Belzer and his stuntman, from Elmopalooza.

Richard Belzer 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 played off 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, Prairie Dawn mistakes him for a police officer. He's not able to break the door down, so he calls in his stuntman, Sparky.

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

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

Belzer also appeared in Season 10 1186 in a short film with Brain Doyle-Murray.


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

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