From Law and Order SVU, or was he around before that show…
The character John Munch played by actor Richard Belzer was originally created from the crime television series “Homicide Life on the Streets.” The character was based off the character Jay Landsman, from the book series Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, the book the series Homicide: Life on the Streets was based off of. After the cancellation of this show Munch became a regular cast member on the Law and Order spin off “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” In the 2007 series the character John Munch began to have a diminished role in the show, Richard Belzer stated that he isn’t hungry and has had a long run. Richard Belzer left Law and Order SVU during season 15, with a career that spanned 20 years, 22 seasons, 1 movie and 10 different television shows.
John Munch was born into a Jewish family with an abusive father with Bipolar Disorder. After an especially hard day he told his father that he hated him, with those being his last words to his father after his father committed suicide. Munch has been partners with Stanley Bolander, Brian Cassidy, Monique Jefferies and Odafin Tutuola. His relationship with Fin started out rocky, but they gained a mutual respect for each other. Munch has the rank of Sergeant and has the following badges on his uniform…
Whenever I watched Law and Order SVU I just thought of John Munch as an interesting character to see. When I found out that he connect the Law and Order series with The X-Files, The Wire, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Luther and our world through the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show I thought he was one of the most interesting characters on Television. His history and the character appearing in more television series than any other character as well as the longest running character on television with 22 seasons under his belt. John Munch is one of the most well developed and interesting characters on TV because of his extremely long run.