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  • First NameRichard Belzer

Richard Belzer is a celebrity whose career has seen him work in stand-up, film, TV, radio, and books. Although retired, he started his professional career back in 1972. He then spent the next 48 years in the show business.

During his long and decorated career, he has worked in some very popular films, and some of them are Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Scarface etc.

How Much Is The Net Worth Of Richard Belzer?

Richard Belzer has a net worth of around $16 million as of April 2020. He has made this net worth from a career in show business that lasted almost 5 decades. 

Additionally, he has also earned substantially from the sale of his books. In fact, 2 of his books have also reached the coveted New York Times Best Seller. 

Career Insight-Income Sources And Salary

Belzer first debuted on the big screen with The Groove Tube, it was an independent film but nevertheless launched his film career. He would not appear in another film until 1980 when he had a role on Fame.

Similarly, he next appeared in movies in 1982 with the films Café Flesh, Author! Author!, and Night Shift. The next year, he did a minor role in the controversial classic Scarface which starred the incredible Al Pacino.

After this, he worked on some mediocre films before getting a role in The Wrong Guys in 1988. The same year he also played Dr David Lazarus on Freeway. He had a role as an extra on The Big Picture. He also worked on Fletch Lives in a short role.

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He kicked off the 1990s with The Bonfire of the Vanities. He would go on to play roles on Off and Running, Missing Pieces, Mad Dog and Glory, Dangerous Game, A Very Brady Sequel etc in the early 90s.

Get on the Bus came out in 1996 featuring him as Rick. He also played the US President on 1998’s Species. Some of his other well-known films are Copy That, BelzerVizion, Polish Bar, Santorini Blue etc.

Belzer worked on Saturday Night Live, he worked on numerous sketches while he was a recurring but not regular cast member from 1975 to 1980. He was also a part of the ensemble in the first episode of the sketch comedy show.

Sesame Street featured him in a minor role too, then he got his own show, The Richard Belzer Show the show was cancelled after 6 episodes. 

He would appear as minor characters on Miami Vice, Moonlighting, Tattingers, etc. His first regular role was on The Flash. After this, he appeared on Monsters and Human Target before acting as Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993.

His turn as Det. John Munch would be a career-defining role for him, he worked on Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999. The same year he left the show, he was cast on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the same role.

He played Munch from 1999 to 2016 on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has appeared as the character on numerous other shows like Arrested Development, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, etc.

At the peak of his career, his salary was estimated at $1 million on average. 

Short Biography

Richard Belzer was born Richard Jay Belzer on August 4, 1944, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the U.S to Frances Belzer and Charles Belzer. He studied at Fairfield Warde High School before going to Dean College.

He has said that he had a tough childhood with an abusive mother who frequently abused him and his brother. The star has said that he originally started using comedy as a way to distract his mother from abusing him and his brother.

Richard is married to Harlee McBride as of April 2020, he married her in 1985. Before this, he was married to Dalia Danoch from 1976 to 1978 and Susan Ross from 1966 to 1972.