Richard Harrison, Davidson County native known famously as ‘Old Man’ on ‘Pawn Stars,’ dies at 77

LAS VEGAS — Richard Harrison, known famously as “Old Man” on “Pawn Stars,” has died, according to his son, Rick Harrison. He was 77.

“He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over,” Harrison said on Instagram. “He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.”

The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.

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Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. 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.

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Harrison was born in Danville, Virginia on March 4, 1941. The Navy veteran opened the Gold & Silver Pawn store in Las Vegas with his son Rick in 1989, according to Fox News.

The Harrisons and their pawn shop rose to fame on the hit History Channel series “Pawn Stars” which premiered in 2009 and has been on the air for 15 seasons.

When Harrison was 1, his family moved to Lexington, N.C., where they lived off South Main Street. Harrison went to Lexington High School, but left during his junior year, according to the Lexington Dispatch.