Comedian & Actor Richard Belzer, 1944-2023 R.I.P.*

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  1. JamieC

    JamieC Senior Member

    Detroit Mi USA
  2. RIP to the Belz.

    The Groove Tube is my favorite of his work
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  3. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mainline Florida
    I never saw Homicide Life on the Streets. I looked around to find a service streaming it but no luck. Anyone know where I might find a stream of it?
  4. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    I am proud to say that Richard Belzer is the one celebrity I was introduced to and subsequently hung out with a few times. Back in grad school, a classmate of mine knew him as his parents owned a house next to his in France.

    I was invited to the taping of his HBO special and then had dinner with him afterwards. Saw him again a few times including a party at some comedy club.

    He was as cool as can be. Very friendly and down to earth. And I even made him laugh once or twice. Just a great guy and a real talent.

    RIP Belz
  5. Peter_R

    Peter_R Maple Syrple Gort Staff

    Montreal, Canada
    I had the good fortune of watching him perform at club in the early 1990s.
    Sold out show, of course.
    Seeing him up there was a master class.

    Truly one of the all-time greats. RIP
  6. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    Sadly, youtube or dailymotion are the only places you can find episodes of Homicide online. That or you can get the DVDs or VHS tapes. It's not streaming anywhere for some odd reason.

    Well worth tracking down though, as it's one of the best police series (really, one of the best TV series) ever, particularly the first two seasons. And to keep this Belzer-specific, Munch is a far more interesting, complex, and human character on Homicide than he is on those formulaic Law and Order shows.
  7. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    RIP Richard.

    One of the best.
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  8. tman53

    tman53 Vinyl is an Addiction

    One of the great ones.
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  9. ThereOnceWasANote

    ThereOnceWasANote Forum Resident

    Cape May, NJ
    He was great! RIP Belz. I remember him going back to the HBO comedy specials.
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  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Very sorry to hear this, a great actor. Loved him on Law & Order - SVU.
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  11. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    I remember in the 70's a spot on impression he did of Mick Jagger and an aged Bob Dylan singing "Like a Rolling Gallstone". For some reason I always think of him and Richard Lewis together. RIP to The Belz.
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  12. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member

    Use to watch Belzer in the 80s when he was the host on the USA network TV show Hot Properties. Remember the Hulk Hogan incident?
  13. VeeDub

    VeeDub Senior Member

    Denver, CO
    RIP Belzer! And yes, Homicide is flat out one of the best TV dramas ever created.
  14. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    I love his last words. I always enjoyed him as an actor and comedian. RIP.
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  15. dsdu

    dsdu less serious minor pest

    Santa Cruz, CA
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  16. Rich-n-Roll

    Rich-n-Roll Forum Resident

    Washington State
    Sorry to here of this...first became aware him when he was part of the National Lampoon Radio hour RIP "Dick Ballantine"
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  17. dsdu

    dsdu less serious minor pest

    Santa Cruz, CA
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  18. Karnak

    Karnak "81, 82, 83, 84..."

    Looks like he had a hard early life-Used to see him on "Homicide:..." when it was on tv regularly(NBC on Friday nights if I recall). Great as the beleaguered Artie in Pat Benatar's Le Bel Age.
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  19. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Standard of the World

    First saw him on Saturday Night Live and Make Me Laugh in 1979-80, been a fan ever since.
  20. Stabler and Munch are my fave TV detectives.

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  21. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Senior Member

    Las Vegas, NV - US
  22. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    Absolutely. Saw it live, or as it first aired. I was SHOCKED to see his head bleeding as he threw to commercial never missing a beat, never could understand what all that was about. Assaulting and injuring someone LIVE on television, made me really dislike the whole "pro wrestling" thing. Why weren't those guys prosecuted?

    I used to watch Hot Properties a lot, but for some reason I think it was on Lifetime, or even Cable Health Network, which preceded Lifetime.

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  23. bloodisthin

    bloodisthin And after all, we're only ordinary men

    Richard Belzer & Brian Doyle-Murray in a silent-movie style sketch for Sesame Street about a picnic. 1978.

  24. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Forget which movie it was but he pulled off using the word the F-word almost as, I don’t even know…. a preposition?

    Think it was “You ******’ ****!”

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  25. guitargal

    guitargal Forum Resident

    Sorry to hear of his passing. I ' d say Munch was my favorite detective on SVU , he always seemed like a true to life guy and brought his own style of humor into a serious drama. His world-wise character also showed compassion and empathy - Munch just seemed like the real deal. Always hoped he d make another surprise appearance on the show. No chance of that now and he will be missed. R.I.P. Richard.
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