Richard Belzer, actor and comedian, died aged 78 on Sunday at his home in Bozouls in southern France. The comedian Laraine Newman first announced Belzer’s death on Twitter.
Belzer portrayed the wise-cracking homicide detective prone to conspiracy theories over more than two decades and across 10 series, including appearances on the hit comedies 30 Rock and Arrested Development.
He is survived by his third wife, actor Harlee McBride, and two stepdaughters, Bree Benton and Jessica. His first two marriages were to Gail Susan Ross and Dalia Danoch, both of which ended in divorce. McBride appeared as medical examiner Dr. Alyssa Dyer on Homicide: Life on the Street and married Belzer in 1985.
Who is Dalia Danoch?
Dalia Danoch, a boutique manager, is Richard Belzers’ ex wife. They got married in 1976 after starting to date in 1975. They were together for 2 years. Danoch and Belzer were married for two years. They dated for one year after getting together in 1975 and married in 1976. Two years later they divorced in 1978.
In 1975, Belzer became the warm-up comedian for the newly launched SNL. While many cast members became famous, Belzer’s roles were mostly smaller cameos. Later, he said the SNL creator, Lorne Michaels, reneged on a promise to work him into the show.
Belzer also worked on the radio. In the late 1970s, He co-hosted the show Brink & Belzer on New York City’s 660 AM WNBC. In 1987, he hosted a morning drive program on WJFK-FM in Washington DC. After Randi Rhodes exited Air America Radio in 2008, Belzer guest-hosted the afternoon program on the Network. He filed a lawsuit against Hulk Hogan for $5 million and settled out of court.