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Happy birthday to Richard Belzer! The actor we know best as John Munch, one of the quippiest cops on TV,  turns 75 on August 4.

Belzer played the dry-witted detective for 23 years -- and not just on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," but on "The X-Files," "The Wire," and even "30 Rock." He left "SVU" in 2016 and we still miss him.

Here's some of our favorite quotes from the ever-cynical, conspiracy-loving, anti-authoritarian Munch: Not that we could ever do him justice with such a short list.

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1. Before he became an "SVU" regular, Munch was a Baltimore homicide detective on "Homicide: Life on the Street." He could always be counted on to keep things lively, as when, over the holidays, he answered the squad phone: "Ho-ho-ho-Homicide."

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2. Speaking of holidays, on "SVU," Munch once reminisced to partner Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) about how their current dead-end case reminded him of Easter.

Munch: "It reminds me of the Easter egg hunts of my youth."
Fin: "Your family's Jewish, you guys don't hide eggs."
Munch: "I know, all those mindless hours of searching."

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3. When interviewed by a police psychiatrist (Audra McDonald) in the first season of "SVU," Munch was his usually wry self.

Dr. Audrey Jackson: "Do you always deflect personal questions with jokes?"
Munch: "Do you always deflect jokes with personal questions?"

Assuming the interview is over, he heads for the door:

Dr. Jackson: "We still have 45 minutes."
Munch: "Well, I could give you a complete detailed account of my sex life... but what are we going to do with the other 44 minutes?"

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4. Munch points out to Brian Cassidy (Dean Winters) how hard it will be to track down their Canadian suspects in a Season 1 episode.

Cassidy: "Sure, rain on my parade."
Munch: "I don't want to just rain on it, I wanna blow up all the floats."

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5. In the first season, after a series of assaults on the subway, Munch is frustrated when an MTA employee can't pull up a suspect's data.

Employee: "What would you like me to do?"
Munch: "I'd like you to sit on the third rail."

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6.  In a 2000 episode, Munch reveals he's a secret Broadway buff.

Fin: "He lives at 1634 Broadway."
Munch: "Not unless he's one of the nuts lobbying for yet another extension of 'Cats.' That's the Winter Garden Theatre.... Don't ask."

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7. In the Season 2 episode, "Legacy," Munch questions a 7-year-old girl about her friend, who may have been abused by her own parents.

Munch:  "Hi, Jennifer, I’m Detective Munch."
Jennifer: "That’s a funny name, Munch."
Munch: "You think that’s funny? I guess if I ever have kids I’ll have to call them 'munchkins'."

He had earlier explained to Cassidy why he never had children: "I wouldn't want to give a kid the responsibility of me."

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8. Munch likes to introduce himself as "the handsome one" when he's with Fin.

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9. In a 2012 episode, Munch is having dinner with Fin's son Ken (Ernest Waddell).

Ken reads off the menu: "Branzino, dourade, and tilapia."
Munch: "Are those fish or is that a law firm?"

10. In the same episode, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is shocked when she learns that a witness they had just spoken to has tried to kill herself.

Benson: "Two hours ago, she filled her pockets with stones and walked into Prospect Park Lake."
Munch: "Who is she, Virginia Woolf?"

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11. On his 1997 appearance on "The X-Files." Munch gives the departing suspects, The Lone Gunmen, some sage advice: "Here's a tip: Aluminum foil makes a lovely hat and it blocks out the government's mind-control rays. Keep you guys out of trouble."