Gomez ran for mayor of Ormoc City during the 2016 general elections and was proclaimed the winner on May 10, 2016. He assumed office on June 30, 2016.
Gomez was raised by his grandmother. Before his entry in show business, he worked at McDonald's. His dream came true when his modelling career began. After modelling, he pursued an acting career. He is fondly called by his fans as "Goma". His mother was the screen siren of 60s Philippine cinema, Stella Suarez. His cousin is Stella Suarez, Jr. (also known as Pinky Suarez), who was adopted by his parents and raised as his sibling.
His movie career started when he was cast as the love interest of Maricel Soriano in the 1985 movie "Inday Bote". His relationship with Sharon Cuneta was highly publicised during that time as well as with his former girlfriend Dawn Zulueta. He also had a relationship with Patricia Borromeo, a model, who died in 2002 due to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 1998, he married Lucy Torres with whom he has a daughter. In 2002, Goma transferred to GMA 7 via his first melodrama show of the said network, Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw with its sequel Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin as well as a presenter of S-Files when he added or joined. His first GMA sitcom at that time was Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita, aired from 2003 to 2007.
On May 1, 2008, Richard and Lucy celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary (April 28, 1998, St. Peter and Paul Parish Church, Ormoc City, Leyte).
He is an athlete and excels in sports like fencing and basketball. He was a Gold Medalist in fencing at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. He is also an organizer for "Goma Cup" and MAD (Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga), a campaign against use of illegal drugs. He is a model for Bench with his wife and other celebrities. Goma ventured into the restaurant business and became one of the owners of "FELIX", a restaurant in Greenbelt 5 Makati.
Richard hosted the Philippine edition of Family Feud which aired on GMA Network. He is a GMA Network contract artist under GMA Artist Center.
After his last movie Filipinas in 2003, Gomez made his comeback in the indie film Bente which starred Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Iza Calzado.
Gomez planned to run for the congressional seat of the 4th district of Leyte, however he was disqualified and was replaced by his wife Lucy; while Dingdong Dantes replaced him as Family Feud host.
Gomez briefly returned to GMA 7 in the weekly drama anthology, Claudine with Claudine Barreto.
After 17 years since his last appearance on his former sitcom, Tondominium, Gomez returned to the Kapatid Network TV5 (formerly ABC 5) by hosting a new weekend variety show, P.O.5..
Gomez continued his appearance on the Kapatid Network with a drama show, My Driver Sweet Lover, with co-stars Danita Paner and fellow former Kapuso star JC de Vera and with veteran actors Elvis Presley of the Philippines Eddie Gutierrez and Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales. After his drama show, he once again returned for TV5 Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak with his new co-star former Kapuso mainstay Arci Muñoz and former beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez.
Gomez returned to ABS-CBN 2 after 10 years since his last teleserye Your Honor, a first Pinoy courtroom drama in 2001. He was part of the successful defunct teleserye Walang Hanggan which began on January 16, 2012. It was also his reunion project with his former girlfriend Dawn Zulueta.
Afterwards, Gomez returned to TV5 to host the defunct game show, The Biggest Game Show In The World (Asia) with his main host veteran comedian Joey de Leon. This was Gomez's 2nd over-all game show hosting job since his last one Family Feud Philippines formerly aired on GMA in 2009. His new game show was launched around February 2012.
Goma is working on a new comedy-drama, Madam Chairman, where he plays an ex-boyfriend of Madam Chairman, who is played by Megastar Sharon Cuneta and was currently aired in 2014.
In 2015, he starred in the mystery drama "You're My Home" with Zulueta and an ensemble cast.
Gomez started his political career as a nominee of Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD) Partylist in the Congressional election of 2001. Their party won but eventually disqualified due to failure to present proof of sectoral representation. He initially planned to run as governor of Bulacan province but since he still lacks the residency requirements of Malolos being a former resident of Horseshoe, Quezon City, he decided to run instead as a Senator in the 2007 elections. Running independent without a political party endorsing, he lost in that election.
In 2010, he ran as a congressman but was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) because of his failure to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc City. His wife, Lucy Torres-Gomez, took his place and won. He served as his wife's chief of staff during her term as congresswoman.
In 2013, he ran for mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2013 local elections but lost. In 2016, he ran again for mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2016 local elections and won.
1984Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan - Jun
Inday Bote - Edward Salameda
Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang (Segment:Zombie) - Zombie
I Can't Stop Loving You - Alvin Laurel
1986Yesterday ,Today And Tomorrow (1986 Movie)
Blusang Itim - Angelo
When I Fall In Love - Dong
Balimbing: Mga Taong Hunyango
Paalam...Bukas Ang Kasal Ko - Paul Raymundo
Super Islaw And The Flying Kids - Islaw/Super Islaw
Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita - Dinky
1987Once Upon A Time - Rommel
Tagos Ng Dugo - Pepito
Forward March - Danny
Ibigay Mo Sa Akin Ang Bukas
Kid, Huwag Kang Susuko - Cesar 'Shawie' Arroyo
Paano Kung Wala Ka Na - Sonny
1988Fly Me To The Moon - Prinsipe Dax
Stupid Cupid :Segment-Forver My Love - Ruel
Nasaan Ka Inay - Donald
Buy One ,Take One
Nagbabagang Luha - Bien
Sa Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas
Lambat Sa Kristal (Tv Movie)
1989Babaeng Hampaslupa - Jimmy
Kailan Mahuhusgahan Ang Kasalanan - Robert Quintana
Kahit Wala Ka Na - Patrick
Impaktita - Rudy
Eastwood And Bronson - Eastwood
Rape Of Virginia P
Isang Araw Walang Diyos - Lt.Cary Altamonte
Rosenda - Efren
1990Dyesebel - Edward
Nagsimula Sa Puso - Carlo
Hanggang Saan Ang Tapang Mo - Ruben Alejandro
Kapag Langit Ang Humatol - Hector
Iputok Mo....Dadapa Ako - Tricycle Driver
Lover's Delight - Machete
Shake Rattle & Roll 2 Segment: Aswang - Tricycle Driver
1991I Want To Live
Para Sa Iyo Ang Huling Bala Ko - Quintin
Buburahin Kita Sa Mundo - Rodel Segovia
Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit - Gabriel
1992Your Dream Is Mine
True Confessions (Evelyn,Myrna & Maggie)
Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin - Raul
Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin - Cesar
Iisa Pa Lamang - Arman
Buddy En Sol (Sine ito)
Ang Siga At Ang Sosyal
Ngayon At Kailanman - Edwin Torres
Ikaw Pala Ang Minahal - David
1993Saan Ka Man Naroroon - Miguel
1994Wating - Ardo
Bakit Pa Kita Minahal - Teddy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie - Mike
Sana'y Mapatawad Mo - Bong
Kapantay Ay Langit - Steve
1995Sa'yo Lamang - Andrew
Dahas - Jake
Eskapo - Sergio Osmeña III
Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin - Mike Reyes
1998Walang Katumbas Ang Dugo
Ang Babae sa Bintana - Mitch
1999Linlang - Lance
2000Minsan Minahal Kita - Albert Simon
2002Ikaw Lamang Hanggang Ngayon - Ryan
Mano Po - Raf
2003Walang Kapalit - Dennis Rustia
Filipinas - Samuel Filipinas
2006Eternity - Fencing Instructor
2009Bente - Roman
2013Sonata (2013 film) w/Cherie Gil
2014She's Dating The Gangster - Old Kenji
The Janitor w/Dennis Trillo
The Trial (2014 film) - Julian Bien
2015The Love Affair - Vince Ramos
2016Love Me Tomorrow - cameo
Gawad TANGLAW Awards 2015 || Best Supporting Actor || The Trial || Nominated
17th Gawad PASADO Awards 2015 || PinakaPASADOng Katuwang na Aktor || The Trial - Won
FAMAS Award for Best Actor for Filipinas - Nominee
FAMAS Award for Best Actor for Dahas - Won
FAP Award for Best Actor for Dahas - Won (tied with Fernando Poe Jr.'s Kahit Butas ng Karayom)
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Dahas - Nominee
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Waiting - Won
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin - Nominee
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Saan Ka Man Naroroon - Won
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Nagsimula Sa Puso - Nominee
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actor for Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit - Won
Metro Manila Film Festival 2003 for People's Choice Awards for Best Actor for Filipinas - Won
Metro Manila Film Festival 1995 for Best Actor for Dahas - Won
Star Awards for Movies: Actor of the Year for Dahas in 1996 - Won
23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV || Best Game Show Host Family Feud (Philippine Edition) || style="background: #99FF99; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="yes table-yes2"|Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for TV || Best Drama Actor || Walang Hanggan || style="background: #FDD; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="no table-no2"|Nominated
Golden Screen TV Awards 2013 || Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series || Walang Hanggan
2005 Southeast Asian Games for fencing (Men's Team Épée) - Gold Medalist
Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 for Ellen Lising Male Face of the Night - Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2013 for All Time Favorite Love Team on Movies and TV (with Dawn Zulueta) - Won