Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Harrison was an American actor. Known for his trademark brown teeth, Harrison was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. (March 4, 1941 – June 25, 2018), also known by the nicknames "The Old Man" and "The Appraiser", was an American businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, as featured on the History Channel series Pawn Stars. Harrison was the co-owner of the pawn shop with his son Rick Harrison. They opened the store together in 1989.

On July 17, 2012, the Clark County Commission declared that day to be "Pawn Stars/Gold & Silver Pawn Day". At the Commission meeting, Harrison donated $1000 to the Clark County Museum, and lent the U.S. Senate floor chair used by Senator Patrick McCarran (sold to the Gold and Silver in the Pawn Stars episode, "Take a Seat") to the museum as part of a display on Senator McCarran. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)


Huffman, Steve (February 18, 2011). "'The Old Man' from 'Pawn Stars' recalls growing up in Lexington". The Dispatch. Retrieved June 2, 2012.

Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. was a business owner and reality television personality from America who garnered fame as one of the stars of the History Channel reality television series ‘Pawn Stars’. He was equally well known by his two nicknames, “The Old Man” and “The Appraiser”. A Virginia native, he relocated to North Carolina with his family when he was one year old. Hailing from an impoverished background, Harrison started working as a bus driver when he was 14 years old. He got married in 1960 and later was forced to join the military due to a prior criminal act. He spent the next two decades in the US Navy, and after he was discharged, he briefly worked for his wife. In 1981, the family moved to Las Vegas, where Harrison and his son Rick established the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989. Later, Harrison’s grandson through Rick, Corey, and his friend Chumlee joined the business. Since the premiere of ‘Pawn Stars’ in 2009, Harrison, along with the other three, had become international celebrities. He passed away at the age of 77 in June 2018. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)


Richard Benjamin Harrison, Jr. (also known as the Old Man on History’s “Pawn Stars”), co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, passed away Monday, June 25. He was born March 4, 1941 in Danville, Va. He spent most of his the early part of his life in Lexington, North Carolina where the family moved when Harrison was just one-year old. At 17 years old he married his wife, JoAnne Rhue, in 1959. Their first child Sherry passed away at the age of six. Three sons, Joseph, Rick and Chris followed. He enlisted in the Navy in 1958 for two years and again in 1962. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years reaching the rank of Petty officer first class. He served on four ships including his final five years on the USS Chowanoc between 1972-1976. In 1967 he was transferred by the Navy to San Diego, CA where he joined his wife JoAnne in her real estate business after his discharge from the Navy. In 1981 with the real estate market down he and his wife and their family moved to Las Vegas where he opened a Gold & Silver Coin Shop. In 1981 the Gold & Silver Coin Buy & Sell Store became the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip to be open 24 hours. In 1988 that business was in a new building and the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop opened at its current location 713 Las Vegas Blvd. So. In July of 2009 Harrison, his son Rick and grandson Corey along with family friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell became the stars of History’s “Pawn Stars”. Within 10 weeks of its debut, the show was the highest-rated show on History and the second highest-rated reality show on television. That show continues today (10 years later) and is entering the 16th season. On May 29, 2012 Harrison was awarded a key to the City of Lexington and it was made “Richard Harrison’s Day”. In March of 2010 he was given a key to the City of Las Vegas and in 2012 it was declared “Pawn Stars/Gold & Silver Pawn Day” on July 17. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, JoAnne; three sons; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“Pops (as he called the ‘Old Man’) was such a great grandfather and beloved character by everyone,” Harrison’s grandson Corey Harrison wrote on Twitter Monday. “I was lucky to be born a Harrison and learn so much about life from him. I miss him and will carry him with me forever. We are grateful for the outpouring of love everyone is sending our way and hope everyone has a fond memory of him to share with a smile.” (Source: ew.com)



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