Richard Petty

Richard Petty

Highest Rated: 75% Cars (2006)

Lowest Rated: 38% Swing Vote (2008)

Birthday: Jul 2, 1937

Birthplace: Not Available

Stock car racer extraordinaire Richard Petty enjoyed not one but four distinct careers. In addition to chalking up a remarkable series of racing honors that included winning a Sprint Cup seven times and winning the Daytona 500 seven times (among countless other laurels), Petty parlayed his celebrity from these events into a lucrative and highly visible stint as a corporate spokesperson for brands including Goody's Headache Powder, Pepsi, and the STP motor oil company. Petty also embarked on a political career and -- as early as 1965 -- enjoyed periodic film roles, including many cameos as himself. Features included the sports dramas Thunder in Dixie (1965) and Corky (1972), a biopic of his own life and racing career starring himself and entitled 43: The Petty Story (1974) and (appropriately enough) the Disney-Pixar CG-animated family film Cars (2006), in which he voiced an automobile named The King. In 2008, Petty cameoed as himself to the Kevin Costner political comedy Swing Vote.


Highest Rated Movies



67% Blink of an Eye Actor 2019
38% Swing Vote Himself $16.3M 2008
No Score Yet Daytona 500: 50 Years of "The Great American Race" Actor 2008
No Score Yet NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives Actor 2008
75% Cars The King $244.1M 2006
No Score Yet Back in the Day with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Actor 2006
No Score Yet Driving Force Actor 1999
No Score Yet Once Upon a Wheel Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Art of Speed Actor 1991
No Score Yet The 1984 Firecracker 400: The Unbreakable Record Actor 1984
No Score Yet 1979 Daytona 500 Actor 1979
No Score Yet 43: The Petty Story Himself 1974
No Score Yet Speedway Actor 1968


The King says: You have more talent in one lug nut than a lot of cars have in their whole body. But you're stupid.