Farewell Detective Munch.
October 16, 2013 10:14 AM Subscribe
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John Munch, formerly a detective with the Baltimore PD’s homicide squad
and currently a sergeant with the NYPD's Special Victims Unit
, has put in his papers. He'll be bidding farewell to his fictional coworkers and real-life fans as he heads off to retirement on tonight's episode of Law & Order: SVU
Munch has been played by actor, comedian, and author
Richard Belzer since 1993 when the character began as a member of Homicide: Life on the Street's original ensemble cast. Belzer has portrayed Munch in TV episodes on five different networks, including: The X-Files (FOX); The Wire (HBO); Arrested Development (FOX); The Beat (ABC); Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC); and, the mothership Law & Order series (NBC).
The primetime record for most consecutive seasons of portraying the same TV character is now held by Belzer. After 21 seasons of bringing Det. Munch to the small screen, he has surpassed both Kelsey Grammer and the late James Arness, whose single-character runs ended at 20 seasons. (Those characters were Dr. Frasier Crane and Marshall Matt Dillon, respectively.)