With the demise of actor Richard Belzer, his relationship with Henry Winkler has come to light. How Are Richard Belzer And Henry Winkler Related?
While previously, netizens had no idea if Belzer and Winkler were related by blood, it has become quite shocking to everyone to learn that they are cousins.
What is even more gasping is the sudden death of the noted actor. Winkler also posted a tribute following Belzer’s death.
The American actor, comedian, and author Belzer, was profoundly known for playing detective Munch on Law & Order: S.V.U.
Keep reading to know to cause of Richard’s death and his relationship with Henry Winkler.
How Are Richard Belzer And Henry Winkler Related? Are They Cousins?
Yes, apparently, Richard Belzer and Henry Winkler are related by blood, and they are cousins.
The digital newspaper Outsider revealed this news asking- “Did you know Happy Days star Henry Winkler, who played pop-culture phenom Fonzie, is related to another long-time TV character in real life.”
Even before this “new” discovery, Belzer and Winkler were connected by their work in the entertainment industry, and their friendship lasted for many years.
Belzer was best known for his role as Detective John Munch on the NBC police procedural drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Conversely, Winkler is also an American actor, comedian, director, and producer. He is famous for portraying Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the popular ABC sitcom “Happy Days.”
Belzer and Winkler first met in the 1970s when they were both up-and-coming comedians performing at The Improv comedy club in New York City.
They became friends fast and have remained close ever since, often appearing together at various events and shows.
Family Tree Of Richard Belzer And Henry Winkler
Since it has been established that Richard Belzer and Henry Winkler are cousins, netizens are searching their family history.
Henry Franklin Winkler was born in Manhattan’s West Side on October 30, 1945.
Henry’s first name’s “H,” is a tribute to his Uncle Helmut, and his middle name pays homage to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Winkler has an older sister named Beatrice. He is related to actor Richard Belzer as they are cousins.
Coming to Richard, the TV cop, was the son of Jewish parents Charles Belzer and Frances Belzer.
Born on August 4, 1944, Richard has shared that his mother was often physically abusive towards him and his brother.
Belzer reportedly used to make her laugh to distract her from the abuse. This is where he believes his comedy career began.
Richard Belzer Passed Away At 78
Richard Belzer, best known as detective John Munch in Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU, passed away on February 19, 2023, at 78.
His friend, Bill Scheft, a writer working on a documentary about Belzer, stated that the actor had been struggling with respiratory and circulatory issues.
Nevertheless, the exact cause of his death was not revealed at the time of reporting.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Belzer’s survivors include his third wife, Harlee McBride and his two stepdaughters, Jessica and Bree.
Belzer portrayed the character of John Munch for over 20 years and across 10 seasons, appearing first in 1993 on Homicide and last in 2016 on Law & Order: SVU.