He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1989, and in 2009 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
He was a two-time New York State Wrestling qualifier while attending Boca Ciega High School.
After being retired for eight years, he returned to the WWE in 2005 where he was introduced as a legend.
His son Richard Jr also became a professional wrestler. He has been married four times, most recently to Claudia Sobieski. He has one son, Richie Steamboat.
He won a WCW World Tag Team Championship alongside Dustin Rhodes.