Stars from “Law & Order: SVU” and beyond are paying tribute to Richard Belzer after the actor died at the age of 78 at his home in France on Feb. 19. The actor’s friend writer Bill Scheft, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. “He had lots of health issues, and his last words were ‘F*ck you, motherf*cker,'” Scheft said of the actor and comedian.
Belzer played Detective Munch on “SVU” from 1999 to 2016, but the character was much bigger than just one series. He originated the role on “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993 before continuing to play the sardonic detective on “SVU” after “Homicide” came to an end. Additionally, he made guest appearances as Munch on an additional eight shows including “The X-Files” and “30 Rock.” Given how prolific his career was, it’s no surprise the actor was beloved.
Since his death was announced, his costars have been paying their respects to the late actor on social media. Mariska Hargitay shared her tribute on Instagram, writing in part, “Goodbye my dear, dear friend. I will miss you, your unique light, and your singular take on this strange world.” Meanwhile, Christopher Meloni, tweeted a photo of himself kissing Belzer on the cheek. “Good bye mon ami. I love you,” he wrote.
Read ahead to see how Belzer’s “Law & Order” family and other celebrity friends are saying goodbye to the actor.