Devotees of crime show "Law & Order: SVU" learned last night that Sgt. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, is retiring. Munch "put in his papers," as Capt. Cragen put it. The next episode will feature a retirement party for the character.
Belzer has appeared in more than 300 episodes over 15 seasons of the show. His character has survived several iterations in the franchise, starting with "Homicide" in 1993.
But don't cry yet: It might not be over for Munch. Though he will no longer be a series regular, sources told Entertainment Weekly that Munch will take on a job as a special investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.