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Richard Belzer to retire from 'Law & Order: SVU'

After 20 years, Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, PI.com   |   Oct. 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Wednesday episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was unexpectedly a goodbye for actor Richard Belzer.

Belzer has played Sergeant John Munch on the series since its beginning, as a full-time cast member for 15 seasons in more than 320 episodes. He has also played Munch in "The Wire," "Arrested Development" and "The X-Files" since the character's 1993 debut in "Homicide: Life On The Street."

"Munch put in his papers," Capt. Cragen told the surprised Olivia Benson. Munch will cease to be a full-time star on the show.

Next week's episode will bid him a proper goodbye, with a retirement party for Munch. The 69-year-old Belzer will have the opportunity to be a regular as long as the show runs.

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