Richard Belzer Leaving Law & Order: SVU as John Munch Character Retires
By Daniel Gates | 10:34 am, October 10th, 2013
Richard Belzer is leaving “Law & Order: SVU.”
The actor, who has played cop John Munch on the show since it began in 1999, originated the role for “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993.
On Wednesday’s episode of “SVU,” it was revealed that Munch had filed his retirement papers.
The October 16 broadcast will feature a goodbye to the character at his retirement party.
It’s expected that Belzer could return occasionally in a guest star capacity.
The character was featured in hundreds of “Homicide” and “SVU” episodes, also popping up on shows like “The X Files,” “The Beat,” “The Wire,” and the original “Law & Order.”
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