We take a break from our traditional Movie of the Day entries to bring attention to an actor who has experienced a form of men’s cancer first hand. We do this to raise awareness and as part of our participation in Movember.
Richard Belzer is probably best known for portraying Detective Munch for 20 years on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU. Interestingly, he has portrayed this character as the main character or a guest star on ten different TV shows on five different networks. Before taking on this dramatic role in 1993, Belzer was mostly known as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970’s and 80’s. His early film appearances include Fame (1980), Night Shift (1982), Scarface (1983), and Fletch Lives (1989).
Richard Belzer survived testicular cancer in 1983. Belzer even went as far as releasing an HBO special and comedy album titled “Another Lone Nut”.
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David, you left out his greatest achievement: as John Munch, he binds together countless TV shows in either a shared multi-verse or a shared universe, depending on how you think about it: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~kwgow/crossovers%28full%29.jpg