He is the most well known Buddhist in the United States and is an active
supporter of the Dalai Lama. He provided the main financial support (together
with other Hollywood celebrities such as Harrison Ford and Sharon Stone) for
the Dalai Lama to visit America to give lectures on Buddhism to the American
Public. Thus, he is intrumental in spreading Buddhism to the West.
He was formerly married to Cindy Crawford (who said she got sick and tired of Buddhist rituals and sought divorce from Richard). His present companion is the pretty Carey Lowell, also a devoted Buddhist, who is a "Bond girl" for the James Bond movie License to Kill where she acted as a tough talking bush pilot.
He made a number of movies including An Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigolo, Pretty Woman and recently, Run Away Bride. He was also selected as the sexiest man in 1999 by Peoples Magazine