Richard Belzer Retires: Leaving Law & Order Special Victims Unit

Published:3:06 pm EDT, October 10, 2013| Updated:3:06 pm EDT, October 10, 2013|
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Industry veteran Richard Belzer has retired. According to Us Weekly:

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fans were thrown for a loop on the Wednesday, Oct. 9 episode of NBC's hit, but it wasn't just because of the drama's intense cop-rape storyline. After 15 seasons, it was revealed that beloved SVU mainstay Richard Belzer (Sgt. John Munch) would leave the series as a full-time costar.

On the October 9, 2013 conclusion of the show, Capt. Cragen tells Olivia Benson that "Munch put in his papers," and she is shocked.

Belzer has been a part of the Law & Order cast since 1993. He will be missed.

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