When was the first occurrence of an actor reprising his role as the same character in a totally unrelated show or movie like Bill Nye playing Patterson's father on Blindspot or Ursula Buffay appearing in Friends and Mad About You. Crossovers on the same franchise like Arrowverse and spin-offs are not counted.

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    Then that begs the question: wouldn't those 2 movies/shows be in the same universe if they share the same character? Hence they are not completely unrelated?
    – zmike
    Jul 12, 2021 at 2:29
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    How can a film or series have the "same character" yet be "totally unrelated"? What would that even mean?
    – Kyralessa
    Jul 12, 2021 at 11:07
  • The example I gave Bill Nye and his show is unelated to Blindspot yet his role as Patterson's father could be given any other name. Jul 13, 2021 at 19:11

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Richard Belzer, a former stand-up comedian, played the character of Detective John Munch.

The character of John Munch, as portrayed by Belzer, began in 1993 on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, set in Baltimore.

In 1999, Homicide had a crossover with Law & Order. Later in that same year, Munch then joined Law & Order: Special Victims, as a regular character.

In the end, Belzer, as Munch, appeared on NBC's Homicide, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and 30 Rock. He also appeared (again, as Munch) in Fox's Arrested Development and The X-Files; UPN's The Beat; HBO's The Wire; NetFlix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and finally, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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