Richard Belzer Dies at 78 years
Belzer, who began his career as a comedian but has been buried in conspiracy theories in recent years, died after an illness at his home in southern France on Sunday, his longtime friend Bill Schaft said. told the reporter. Former “Saturday Night Live” actress Laraine Newman also remembered her on Sunday. He was 78 years old. Belzer representatives did not respond to Insider’s request for confirmation.
Newman said in a tweet, “So sorry to hear of the death of Richard Belzer. I loved this man. He was one of my first friends when I moved to New York to do SNL.” . We also went to the Sheepshed every week for lobster dinner. He was one of the funniest people ever. A master of audience engagement. RIP dear.”
Other actors and comedians, including Ellen Barkin, Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt, shared their memories with her on Sunday after watching the news.
Belzer’s “Law & Order” career began in 1993 and lasted until his final appearance on the series in 2016.
Prior to his work on “Law & Order,” Forbes said, Belzer was a stand-up comedian who began his career in New York City clubs. He also served as a comedian to warm up the audience on the first season of Saturday Night Live and made three appearances on the late-night show.
In addition to roles in films and television series such as “Scarface,” “Miami Vice” and “The Flash” in the 1980s, Belzer made guest appearances on series such as “The X-Files” and “The Wire.” Also, he did a great job in comedies like “Arrested Development” and “30 Rock”.
According to Forbes, Belzer has endorsed several conspiracy theories in recent years and has written four books about his belief in conspiracies to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Belzer also called the United States a “fascist state run by sociopaths” and was a supporter of InfoWars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Belzer was born on August 4, 1944, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. According to Forbes, he was married and divorced twice!
NBC and Universal’s television shows also paid tribute to the iconoclastic actor, who played Munk on other NBC series, and Homicide: Life on the Street producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and David Simon.