Richard Cunha was once a film director. His filmography includes Missile to the Moon (1959), Frankenstein's Daughter (1958), The Giant From the Unknown (1958), and She Demons (1958).

His father Albert R 'Sonny' Cunha was the first Hawaiian composer to popularize Hawaiian songs with English lyrics. His first song was Waikiki Mermaid composed in 1903, followed by his big hit Honolulu Tom Boy in 1905.