Richard Ney was born Richard Maximillian Ney in New York City, in 1915. He attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in Economics.
His first film was a short-reel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1942. He appeared in more than 10 feature films through 1962. Ney appeared mostly in television roles during in the 1950s.
He also tried his hand at writing and producing a Broadway play in 1958, but it closed after two nights.
Ney successfully transitioned to a career as an investment counselor and wrote three critical books about Wall Street. The first of these, The Wall Street Jungle, was a New York Times bestseller in 1970.
Ney married three times:
- Greer Garson, actress, 1943-1947, divorced. They met on the set of Mrs. Miniver where he played her son. Greer was 12 years his senior;
- Pauline Settle, 1949-1986, widowed;
- Mei-Lee, 1987-2004.
Ney died of heart problems in Pasadena, California, in 2004. He was 87 years old.