Is richard belzer leaving law and order svu?

In 2013, it was reported that Richard Belzer, who has been with the show since it began, left “SVU” as a series regular. Belzer’s character John Munch turned in his retirement papers at the end of the Wed., Oct. 9 episode of “SVU.”

However, Belzer's three-year absence from the world of “Law & Order” has barely settled inafter leaving in 2013, but he returned to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Det. John Munch in spring of 2016.

The original cast member, who retired from the show along with his character in season 15, guest-starred in an episode in May 2016. Munch reappeared to assist in the case of a young model who claims she was preyed upon by a famous fashion house photographer, whom Munch and his longtime partner Det. Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) were suspicious of years ago.

The character of John Munch first made his debut on “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993. The character has also appeared on “The X-Files,” “The Beat,” “Arrested Development,” “The Wire,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Trial By Jury.” Belzer has made more than 450 episodic television appearances as John Munch.

"Law & Order" is a blended police procedural and courtroom drama created by D. Wolf. The series ran for 20 seasons on NBC, from 1990 to 2010, with 456 episodes, spawning four American spinoffs and a movie.

"Law & Order" is known for its revolving cast. The series managed to keep a unifying identity even as its familiar faces were replaced with new ones over the years. The show is set in New York City and was shot on location.

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