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Homicide: Life on the Street

HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ned Beatty as Det. Stan Bolander, Richard Belzer as Det. John Munch (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Richard Belzer as John Munch in 10 Shows Over 20 Years

For the last 20 years, Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has been an ubiquitous presence on television. Starting in 1993 on "Homicide: Life on the Street," Munch has  put away an army of perps at his various stations . He's so recognizable that real cops stop to offer Belzer rides. On one occasion, a shoplifter actually surrendered to him! But Belzer is finally hanging up his badge when he retires on "Law & Order: SVU" this week. Here's a look back at his unforgettable character throughout the years. — Kelly Woo, Yahoo TV