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Mariska Hargitay Remembered Richard Belzer Fondly During 'Today' Interview

Feb. 24, 2023

NEW YORK – Mariska Hargitay spoke on the Today Show Thursday about the “privilege” it was to know and work with the late Richard Belzer, her former co-star on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”


Hargitay, who costarred with Belzer on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” during much of its 20-year run, spoke about the late actor, who died Feb. 19 at the age of 78.


“What a heart and soul,” she told host Savannah Guthrie. “He was family and taught me so much about taking risks and creativity and trust, and he brought so much joy to the set.”


Belzer was beloved for his portrayal of Detective John Munch, which he originated on the former procedural drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993 and continued to play on various NBC crime dramas.


Hargitay, who plays Capt. Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” remembered the stand-up comic-turned actor with fondness.


“He was this acerbic, quick-witted, brilliant mind and yet he would melt in the sight of a child,” she said. “He was just such a beautiful and complex [person] and it was such a privilege to know him.”

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