His son Rick Harrison revealed on June 25, 2018, that Richard Harrison, better known as “The Old Man” on History’s long-running Pawn Stars, has passed away after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.
“Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved,” Rick Harrison wrote on Instagram. “He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over.”
“He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him.”
He lived a very full life and through the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’ touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time.”
In an Instagram post, Rick Harrison announced his father Richard’s passing-
Richard Harrison, a Navy veteran known for his deadpan humor, trademark black suit, and fedora, was the show’s de facto father. His son Rick, grandson Corey, and longtime family friend Austin Russell, better known as Chumlee on the show, teased him mercilessly.
After coming from San Diego to Las Vegas in 1989, brothers Richard and Rick Harrison launched the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Produced by ITV America’s Leftfield Productions, the History series Pawn Stars has been following the Harrison family as they run their pawn shop and engage with the clients who bring in items to sell or pawn since its July 2009 launch.
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Now in its 15th season, the show has become the network’s most popular and the second most popular reality show, behind MTV’s Jersey Shore.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison, a beloved member of the History and ‘Pawn Stars’ family,” History said in a statement.
“He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor. Our thoughts are with the Harrison family during this difficult time.”
By age 38, Harrison was already called “The Old Man,” and the moniker stuck. ITV America, CEO David George, and former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery said-
“The world got to know Richard Harrison as ‘Old Man,’ a quiet yet wickedly funny force of nature who was a strong father, a strong businessman and the heart of Pawn Stars.”
“Together, we embarked on an amazing, decade-long journey that bonded us with the Harrison family, created thriving enterprises and, in partnership with History, allowed us to entertain and inform millions around the world.”
“Our ‘Old Man’ was the true hidden treasure, and all of us at ITV America and Leftfield Pictures offer our deepest gratitude and condolences to Rick, Austin and the extended Harrison and ‘Gold and Silver’ family.”
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