Richard Webb was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1915.
He made his Broadway debut in 1934, at the age of 19. He appeared in his first film, at the age of 26, for Paramount in 1941.
Webb went on to appear in over 50 films. His last film role was in 1977.
In the 1970s Webb became a writer and published four books on psychic phenomena.
He married Elizabeth Sterns in 1942. They had two children and were divorced in 1948. He also had two children with his second wife, Florence Mendelsohn, whom he married in 1949.
Webb committed suicide by gunshot after suffering a long-term respiratory illness, in Los Angeles, in 1993. He was 77 years old.