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Richard Belzer 'SVU' Exit: Sgt. Munch Retiring from 'Law & Order'

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Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 03:38 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Actor Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: SVU" after 15 seasons as Sgt. John Munch, who's retiring from the team.

Although Belzer may not be appearing regularly on the show, he is likely to do guest appearances on NBC with his popular character, The Huffington Post said.

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“I'd be a fool to say I didn't want to do it anymore and I'm certainly not bored with the character because the writing is so good,” Belzer, 69, told the Post in May. “[Munch is] very close to how I would be if I were in that situation, so it's a dream.”

Munch’s retirement party episode will air Oct. 16.

The Munch character is a long-running one for Belzer, who played the detective in several crime dramas before settling in for over 200 episodes of “SVU.” He first debuted on “Homicide: Life in the Streets” in 1993, Belzer’s website says, and he’s played the character on a total of 11 television series.

The “Law & Order” television series has maintained its popularity over the years, and star Dann Florek told the Huffington Post that “Great storytelling. Great writing. ... A terrific cast and great guest stars,” are the reasons.

“Our show reverberates throughout the community ... it's more than a television show,” Belzer told the Post. “It meets the needs of the audience as a dramatic series, but also affects the community, which is just a great plus for us.”

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