Richard Belzer, stand-up comedian, ‘Law and Order’ actor, dies at 78

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Richard Belzer, who played one of TV’s most memorable detectives as John Munch in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: SVU,” has died.

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The longtime stand-up comic was 78. Belzer died Sunday at his home in Bozouls in southern France, his longtime friend Bill Scheft told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Comedian Laraine Newman first announced his death on Twitter. The actor Henry Winkler, Belzer’s cousin, wrote: “Rest in peace Richard.”

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For more than two decades and across ten series -- including appearances on “30 Rock” and “Arrested Development” -- Belzer played the wise-cracking homicide detective prone to conspiracy theories.

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