Encouraged Sharon Tate to pursue acting after meeting her on the set of an earlier film of his wherein she was an extra.
Was an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle to allow African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi.
Is a longtime avid photographer, sculptor and painter.
Completed and self-published his first book, Impostor: Or Whatever Happened to Richard Beymer?, a semi-autobiographical account of a young actor's struggle to find himself, in 2007.
Has made a number of acclaimed documentaries, including 2014’s It’s a Beautiful World in which he travels to India with Twin Peaks creator David Lynch to explore the origins of Transcendental Meditation.
1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
1962, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee