A muppet representation of Belzer's signature character, Detective Munch, appeared in the Sesame Street sketch "Law and Order: Special Letters Unit" on August 14, 2006; however, it was voiced by Joey Mazzarino, making it the first time that Det. Munch has ever been portrayed by someone other than Belzer.
Richard's comic audio CD Another Lone Nut was released in 1997.
Richard auditioned for the role of Groucho Marx in the Tommy Tune production A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine. Richard taught himself two songs from the 1930s ("Satin Doll" and "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"), but did not get the part.
Richard is 6' 1"
Richard currently lives in France and speaks fluent French.
While starring in Homicide, Richard appeared in 2 of NBC's The More You Know public service announcements. His topics were fetal alcohol syndrome and parental involvement.
While appearing in Homicide: Life on the Street as Detective John Munch, Richard was featured in episodes of the X-Files, The Beat and Law & Order. After Homicide was canceled, he appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective John Munch. Since that time, this character has also been featured in Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, and The Wire. Unlike most crossover characters, these appearances were on four different networks, and spanned three separate genres (crime drama, sitcom, and sci-fi). He is also slated to appear as Munch in certain future episodes of Paris enquêtes criminelles, the French version of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (airing on France's TF1 network), bringing his record up to 9 programs across 5 different networks.
Richard is a conspiracy theorist.
Richard was a teacher, dock worker, a jewelry salesman, and a census-taker.
Richard's wife Harlee Mcbride has appeared in two soft porn movies; Young Lady Chatterley (1977) and Young Lady Chatterley II (1985).
Richard's character John Munch is the longest running character on American Prime time. He started with Homicide: Life on the Street which premiered Jan 31, 1993. After Homicide's last episode aired May 21, 1999 his character moved from Baltimore to New York City to be a part of Law & Order: SVU which premiered September 20, 1999. As of 2010, Law and Order: SVU is in its 12th season, meaning that Richard Belzer is taking part in an 19th season overall as Detective John Munch.
Richard was the object of Robert De Niro's studies when De Niro was going to play a role in the movie The King of Comedy in 1983.
Richard sued Hulk Hogan after being injured by the The Hulk as a result of wrestling move The Hulk was demonstrating on Richard for the cable talk show Hot Properties which Richard hosted. Richard's injuries were a concussion and a head injury which required stitches. He sued for 5 million dollars, but the case was settled out of court. He used the settlement to purchase his home in France.
As of 2009, Richard is married to Harlee McBride. They married in 1985 and are still currently married. Richard was previously married to Gail Susan Ross (1966-1972) and Dalia Danoch (1976-1978).
Richard wrote a book titled UFO's, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Believe.
Richard's parents were Frances and Charles Belzer. Richard's mom died of breast cancer when Richard was 18 and his father committed suicide when Richard was 22.
Richard, being a social misfit in his youth, was kicked out of every school he attended.
Richard is known by his friends as The Belz. He prefers this to Richard.
Richard was the executive producer of the TV show Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut which was shown in 1997.
Richard and The Brady Bunch were partners when Richard played an LAPD Detective in A Very Brady Sequel in 1996.
Richard appeared in the movie Jump in 1999 as the character of Jerry.
Henry Winkler is Richard's cousin.
Richard survived testicular cancer in 1983.
Richard was neglected and physically abused by his mother. He has since stated that to this day, he still does not forgive her for the way that she treated him.
Richard Belzer is a frequent guest of the Howard Stern Radio Show.
Richard Belzer: Anybody who thinks there's not a vast right-wing conspiracy in this country must also think that Ken Starr should be our next ambassador to Luxembourg.
Richard Belzer: (on his long-running character, Det. John Munch) Munch is the guy who says what a lot of people wouldn't dare say.
Richard Belzer: It's this patronizing thing that people have about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together. You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war experts.
Richard Belzer: No one is questioning the nobility and honor of these men and women that are serving and what they're doing. No one questions that. Now they're targets and they're not going out, they're just protecting each other and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not fair to have these people, who volunteered their lives to protect our nation under false pretenses, to now be targets.