Dann Florek departing 'Law and Order: SVU' after years as Capt. Cragen

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- New York City Police Capt. Donald Cragen is retiring -- or to put it another way, actor Dann Florek is departing "Law and Order: SVU" after 14 years.
Richard Belzer leaving 'Law & Order: SVU'

Richard Belzer leaving 'Law & Order: SVU'

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," the New York police drama on which he has played Sgt. John Munch for 15 years.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Richard Belzer has agreed to be the host of the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors, the DGA said Monday.

Jerry Lewis guests on 'Law & Order: SVU'

NEW YORK, April 3 (UPI) -- Comedic icon Jerry Lewis will play a homeless man who turns out to be the uncle of Richard Belzer's Lt. John Munch on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

Richard Belzer has a pet project

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" star Richard Belzer is starring in a public service ad campaign for a New York animal shelter.

Richard Belzer returns to comedy roots

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Belzer, from crime drama "SVU," will return to his comedic roots with an upcoming sketch-style comedy film titled "This is America."

John Munch is a fictional Detective Sergeant played by actor Richard Belzer. Munch first appeared on Homicide: Life on the Street. Upon that series' cancellation, the character was transplanted to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the first spin-off of the Law & Order franchise. He made his 300th appearance on the SVU episode "Unorthodox".

Munch first appears as a central character in the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, as a homicide detective in the Baltimore Police Department's fictionalized homicide unit, which debuted January 30, 1993. The character was based on Jay Landsman, a central figure in David Simon's true crime book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, a documentary account of the homicide unit's operation over one year. Munch appeared as a regular character in every season, and in almost every episode, of Homicide. Munch's storyline also touched on the relationship between real-life detectives Donald Worden and David Brown, in which Worden was relentless in his tutelage/hazing of the younger detective but also genuinely wanted him to succeed and was impressed when the younger cop did excellent work. A storyline in the book involving Brown cracking a very difficult hit-and-run homicide was included almost verbatim in the show's pilot.

After Homicide: Life on the Street concluded its seventh season in May 1999, the character was transferred into the Law & Order universe as a regular character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (both Homicide and the original Law & Order had crossed-over numerous times before, and Munch had featured centrally in each crossover). In the fictional universe, it is explained that Munch had retired from the Baltimore Police Department, took his pension, and moved to New York to join a sex crimes investigation unit, where he was eventually given a promotion to Detective Sergeant.

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