What a long, long, long, long trip it's been. With 15 seasons of television under his belt, Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: SVU" and taking Sgt. John Munch with him.
The final scene of "SVU"'s Oct. 9 episode saw Captain Cargen (Dann Florek) tell Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) Munch had put in his papers, but that "nothing changes, except what has to." (Like our hearts breaking. We will all be changed after that.)
69-year-old Belzer actually took on the role of Munch in 1993, in NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Streets." Then from there, he moved on to "SVU," and went on to guest on "The X Files," "The Beat," "Law & Order," and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" -- all as Munch. In total, he racked up more than 450 TV appearances as the character.
But fear not: if you're worried the character will make his exit with a surprise sudden tragedy, that won't happen. According to The Huffington Post, we'll see a retirement party on the Oct. 16 episode, and a source has confirmed that Munch willRead More »from Richard Belzer is leaving ‘Law & Order: SVU’