Richard Belzer Biography (1944-)

Full name, Richard Jay Belzer; born August 4, 1944, in Bridgeport, CT; son ofCharles (a candy and tobacco retailer) and Francis Belzer; cousin of Henry Winkler (an actor); married Gail Susan Ross, 1966 (divorced, 1972); married Dalia Danoch, 1976 (divorced, 1978); married Harlee McBride (an actress), 1985;children: (third marriage) two stepchildren. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Cunningham/Escott/Slevin & Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd.,Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, stand–up comedian, producer, writer
Birth Details
August 4, 1944
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Rodriguez, Leo Batfish, the president and the hooker, The Groove Tube, Levitt-Pickman, 1974
  • Comedy club emcee, Fame, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1980
  • Seth Shapiro, Author! Author!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Pig, Night Shift, Warner Bros., 1982
  • (Uncredited) Loud-mouthed audience member, Cafe Flesh, 1982
  • Master of ceremonies at Babylon Club, Scarface, Universal, 1983
  • Gypsy Beam, America (also known as Moonbeam), ASA, 1986
  • (In archive footage) Himself, More Laughing Room Only, 1986
  • Man reading paper, Charlie Barnett's "Terms of Enrollment" (also known as Terms of Enrollment), 1986
  • Stone, Flicks (also known as Hollyweird and Loose Joints), United, 1987
  • Belz, The Wrong Guys, New World, 1988
  • Dr. David Lazarus, Freeway, New World, 1988
  • Video show host, The Big Picture, Columbia, 1989
  • Phil, Fletch Lives, Universal, 1989
  • Television producer, Bonfire of the Vanities, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Milt Zoloth, Off and Running (also known as Moon Over Miami), HBO Video, 1991
  • Joe Kline, The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster, 1991
  • Baldesari, Missing Pieces, Orion, 1992
  • Joe Kline, Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (also known as The Flash 3: Nightshade), 1992
  • Master of ceremonies and comic, Mad Dog and Glory, Universal, 1993
  • Cameo appearance, Dangerous Game (also known as Snake Eyes), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Jarvis, The Puppet Masters (also known as Robert A. Heinlein's"The Puppet Masters"), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Barker, North, Columbia, 1994
  • Rick, Get on the Bus, Columbia, 1996
  • Los Angeles Police Department detective, A Very Brady Sequel, Paramount, 1996
  • Beach (caller number four), Girl 6, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • The Bar Channel, 1998
  • U.S. President, Species II, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1998
  • Himself, Man on the Moon (also known as Der Mondmann), Universal, 1999
  • Jerry, Jump, Arrow, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians, 2001
  • Himself, Homicide: Life at the Start (documentary short film), A&E Home Video, 2003
  • Himself, Bitter Jester, 2003
  • Himself, Imagine New York (short film), 2003
  • Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Best of Triumph the InsultComic Dog (also known as The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment, 2004
  • Narrator, Running with Arnold (documentary), 2005
  • Richard, Thira, 2006
  • This Is America (also known as National Lampoon's "This Is America"), Madacy Entertainment Group, 2006
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, Bitter Jester, 2003
  • Executive producer, Thira, 2006
  • Executive producer, This Is America (also known as National Lampoon's "This Is America"), Madacy Entertainment Group, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Likely Stories, Vol. 1, 1981
  • Himself, Thicke of the Night, syndicated, 1983
  • Host, The Late Show, Fox, 1988
  • The Beach Boys: Endless Summer, syndicated, 1989
  • Caroline's Comedy Hour, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Himself, Friday Night Videos (also known as Friday Night),1990-93
  • Joe Kline, The Flash, 1990-91
  • London Underground, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Comics Only, Comedy Central, 1991
  • The A-List, Comedy Central, 1992
  • Detective John Munch, Homicide: Life on the Street (also known asH:LOTS), NBC, 1993-98
  • Host, Crime Stories, Court TV, 1999
  • Detective John Munch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC,1999-
  • Host, The Belzer Connection, Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
  • Also appeared as host, Hot Properties, Lifetime.
  • Miniseries
  • The Richard Belzer Show, Cinemax, 1986
  • Randy Stein, The Invaders, Fox, 1995
  • Himself, I Love the '80s, VH1, 2002
  • Himself, Heroes of Jewish Comedy, Comedy Central, 2003
  • Movies
  • Detective Anthony Giordano, Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Heart, NBC, 1994
  • Big Bob Bentley, Bandit: Bandit, Bandit, syndicated, 1994
  • Jeremy Pallin, "Not of This Earth," Roger Corman Presents, Showtime, 1995
  • Bernie Silver, Prince for a Day (also known as The Prince and the Pizza Boy), NBC, 1995
  • Mariano, Deadly Pursuits (also known as Blown Away and Shattered), NBC, 1996
  • Detective John Munch, Homicide: The Movie, NBC, 2000
  • Pilots
  • The Fact, CBS, 1982
  • Specials
  • Himself, On Location: Freddie Prinze and Friends, 1976
  • Himself, Catch a Rising Star's 10th Anniversary, 1982
  • Himself, Belzer behind Bars, 1983
  • Richard, Likely Stories, Vol. 3, 1983
  • Himself, Comic Relief, 1986
  • The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion, HBO, 1986
  • Just for Laughs II (also known as Showtime Comedy Spotlight), Showtime, 1987
  • Funny, You Don't Look 200 (also known as Funny, You Don't Look200: A Constitutional Vaudeville), ABC, 1987
  • American Video Awards, syndicated, 1987
  • The Comedy Club Special (also known as The Best of the Comedy Clubs), syndicated, 1988
  • The Tommy Chong Roast (also known as Playboy Comedy Roast: Tommy Chong), 1989
  • Joe Klein, The Flash, CBS, 1990
  • Belzer on Broadway, Showtime, 1992
  • The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special, Showtime, 1992
  • Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, Lifetime, 1992
  • A Tribute to Sam Kinison, Fox, 1993
  • Harley-Davidson's 90th Birthday Blast, Showtime, 1993
  • It's Just a Ride (also known as Bill Hicks: It's Just a Ride and It's Just a Ride: A Tribute to Bill Hicks), Comedy Central, 1994
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • But ... Seriously, Showtime, 1994
  • Lifetime Applauds: The Fight against Breast Cancer, Lifetime, 1995
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • But Seriously '94, Showtime, 1995
  • The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1995
  • Comic Relief American Comedy Festival, ABC, 1996
  • Comedy Club Superstars (also known as Comedy Club All-Stars), ABC, 1996
  • Catch a Rising Star 50th Anniversary--Give or Take 26 Years, CBS,1996
  • Host, Cutting Edge: The Future of Crime Fighting, NBC, 1996
  • "Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1997
  • Host, Town Hall, Comedy Central, 1997
  • Host, When Cars Attack, ABC, 1997
  • Himself, Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997
  • Nissan Presents: The 2nd Annual Celebration of America's Music, ABC, 1998
  • The 12th Annual American Comedy Awards, Fox, 1998
  • Host, The American Comedy Awards Viewer's Choice, Comedy Central,1998
  • Andy Kaufman: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Elmopalooza, ABC, 1998
  • John Belushi: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Presenter, 25th International Emmy Awards, Thirteen/WNET (New York), 1998
  • (In archive footage) Detective John Munch, Anatomy of a "Homicide: Life on the Street," NBC, 1998
  • Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (also known as The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows), Showtime, 1999
  • Comedy Central Presents Behind-the-Scenes at the American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Host, Fatal Passion, Court TV, 1999
  • Host, Inside the Criminal Mind, Court TV, 1999
  • The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Richard Pryor, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Host, People v. Simpson: Unfinished Business, Court TV, 1999
  • The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards, Fox, 2000
  • Comedy Central Presents the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Himself, Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Mark Twain Prize--Celebrating the Humor of Carl Reiner, PBS, 2001
  • Himself, On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize, PBS, 2002
  • Himself, Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of ChevyChase, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Himself, When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World, VH1, 2004
  • Narrator and himself, Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Upsof All Time, Comedy Central, 2004
  • Himself and commentator, 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Also appeared as host, The Future of Crime Fighting, The LearningChannel.
  • Episodic
  • (Uncredited) Juror, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1975
  • (Uncredited) Various characters, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1976
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Museum visitor, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1980
  • Himself, The Midnight Special, 1980, 1981
  • Leonard, "'Twas the Episode before Christmas," Moonlighting, ABC,1985
  • "Richard Belzer in Concert," On Location, HBO, 1986
  • Captain Hook, "Trust Fund Pirates," Miami Vice, 1986
  • Hot Properties, 1986
  • Himself, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1989, 1992, 1993
  • Himself, The Howard Stern Show, syndicated, 1990
  • Guest host, "Into the Night," Studio 59, ABC, 1991
  • "Werewolf of Hollywood," Monster, 1991
  • Himself, Later with Bob Costas (also known as Later), NBC,1993
  • Himself, "Doubt of the Benefit," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Jessie Wilner, "Fly the Friendly Skies," Nurses, NBC, 1994
  • Inspector Henderson, "The House of Luthor," Lois & Clark: The NewAdventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and TheNew Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994
  • Inspector Henderson, "All Shook Up," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994
  • Inspector Henderson, "Witness," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994
  • Inspector Henderson, "Foundling," Lois & Clark: The New Adventuresof Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1994
  • Detective John Munch, "Charm City: Part 1," Law & Order, NBC,1996
  • Himself, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1996, 1998, 1999
  • Detective John Munch, "Baby, It's You: Part 1," Law & Order, NBC, 1997
  • Detective John Munch, "Unusual Suspects," The X-Files, Fox, 1997
  • Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998, 1999
  • Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 1998, 1999
  • Detective Sharp, "Stealing Burt's Car," Mad about You, NBC, 1999
  • Detective John Munch, "Sideshow: Part 1," Law & Order, NBC, 1999
  • Himself, Today (also known as The Today Show), NBC, 1999
  • Himself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1999
  • Himself, The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with JonStewart), Comedy Central, 1999
  • Himself, The View, ABC, 1999, 2003, 2004
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as TheLate Show), CBS, 1999, 2003
  • Detective John Munch, "Entitled: Part 2," Law & Order, NBC, 2000
  • Detective John Munch, "They Say It's Your Birthday," The Beat, UPN, 2000
  • Voice of Loogie, "The Toothfairy Tats 2000," South Park (animated), Comedy Central, 2000
  • Himself, "Dick'll Take Manhattan: Part 1," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as 3rd Rock and Life As We Know It), NBC, 2000
  • "Saturday Night Live," TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Himself, The Caroline Rhea Show, syndicated, 2003
  • Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2003
  • Himself, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Comedy Central, 2003
  • Himself, Shorties Watchin' Shorties, Comedy Central, 2004
  • Himself, Celebrity Blackjack, GSN, 2004
  • Himself, Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Himself, "Being Bad behind the Scenes," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005
  • Himself, Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2005
  • Detective John Munch, "Skeleton," Law & Order: Trial by Jury,NBC, 2005
  • Roast comic, "Roast Series Special," Minding the Store, TBS, 2005
  • Participant, Celebrity Charades, AMC, 2005
  • Detective John Munch, "Exit Strategy," Arrested Development, Fox,2006
  • Himself, "S.O.B.s," Arrested Development, Fox, 2006
  • Also appeared in The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC; Good Sports, CBS.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, The Belzer Connection, Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
  • Specials
  • Executive producer, Belzer on Broadway, Showtime, 1992
  • Executive producer, "Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1997
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Comedy Crusade against Diabetes, Joyce Theatre, New York City,1988
  • Appeared off-Broadway in The National Lampoon Show.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Another Lone Nut, University of Puerto Rico Press, 1998
  • Music Videos
  • Artie the comic, "Le Bel Age," Pat Benatar: The Visual Music Collection, 1986
  • Log cabin father, "Taken In," Mike + The Mechanics: A Closer Look,1989
  • Also appeared in "Can't Cry Anymore" by Kansas.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • This Is America (also known as National Lampoon's "This Is America"), Madacy Entertainment Group, 2006
  • Film Writing
  • (Uncredited; stand-up material) America (also known as Moonbeam), 1986
  • (Uncredited) Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians, 2001
  • Television Miniseries
  • The Richard Belzer Show, 1986
  • Television Specials
  • Belzer behind Bars, 1983
  • (Uncredited) The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion, 1986
  • Belzer on Broadway, Showtime, 1992
  • When Cars Attack, ABC, 1997
  • Richard Belzer: Another Lone Nut, HBO, 1997
  • Television Episodes
  • "Richard Belzer in Concert," On Location, HBO, 1986
  • The Belzer Connection, Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Larry Charles and Rick Newman) How to Be a Standup Comic, Villard Books, 1988
  • UFOs, JFK & Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe, Ballantine Books, 1999

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1995, p. 9

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