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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.
Law & Order: SVU star Dann Floreck leaving the show

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The 16th precinct is getting a shakeup.
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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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Friars Club roasts Quentin Tarantino

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Rock, Leary star in Kinison special

Rock, Leary star in Kinison special

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Comedy Central says it plans to air a tribute to late U.S. stand-up comic Sam Kinison, featuring Chris Rock, Denis Leary, George Lopez and Lewis Black.
No charges for Belzer in grab incident

No charges for Belzer in grab incident

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old Apple store employee told police in New York television star Richard Belzer grabbed her and shook her by the shoulders.
Richard Belzer to headline comedy festival

Richard Belzer to headline comedy festival

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Actor and standup comedian Richard Belzer has agreed to headline the 7th annual New York Underground Comedy Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Belzer proud of John Munch character

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Belzer says he does not think it's just novelty that his Detective John Munch character has appeared on 10 different U.S. TV series.

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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.

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Richard Jay Belzer (born August 4, 1944) is an American stand-up comedian, author, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as John Munch, which he has portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as in a cameo appearance on the HBO series The Wire.

Belzer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Frances and Charles Belzer. His father was a candy and tobacco wholesaler. He grew up in a Romanian-Jewish family with his older brother, Leonard. As a youth, Belzer worked as a paperboy and at Modern Tobacco (his parents' business) part-time while attending high school. He was "kicked out of every school he attended." Nonetheless, Belzer graduated from Andrew Warde High School in the neighboring town of Fairfield, Connecticut. Both parents died while he was young; he was 18 when his mother died of cancer and 22 when his father committed suicide.

After high school, Belzer worked as a reporter for the Bridgeport Post. He attended Dean Junior College in Franklin, Massachusetts, for two semesters and part of a third before the school asked him to leave for leading too many student demonstrations. According to one interview, he was majoring in physical education. After leaving college, Belzer enlisted into the Army where he was kicked out for failure to adapt to military life. For a brief period, he studied and then later taught yoga. One of his earliest comedy routines included a character "Yogi Yogi, the Yodeler", a contestant in a yodeling contest.

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