‘Old Man’ From Pawn Stars Richard Harrison Dies Aged 77

by : Julia Banim on : 25 Jun 2018 15:33
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Richard Harrison from popular pawn shop TV series Pawn Stars has passed away at the age of 77.

Known fondly on the show as ‘The Old Man’, Harrison was a former veteran who moved to Las Vegas back in the 1980s where he established the now famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop alongside his son, Rick.


Gold & Silver Pawn Shop announced the beloved patriarch’s death through a post on the show’s Facebook page:

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison (known as ‘The Old Man’ to Pawn Stars fans the world over) this morning. He was surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully.

The team at Gold & Silver Pawn and the Pawn Stars family is grieving his loss.

He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason on the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’.

Services are pending and the family appreciates your prayers and kind words.

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison (known as ‘The Old Man’ to Pawn…

Posted by Rick Harrison's Gold & Silver Pawn on Monday, 25 June 2018


His son Rick also paid tribute to his unique father with an emotional Instagram post:

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.

The circumstances surrounding Harrison’s death have not been disclosed.


Cult reality show Pawn Stars has aired on History since 2009, and likeable, quick-witted Harrison was a favourite among the loyal fanbase.

Harrison was deeply knowledgable about his trade, and often spoke informatively about his military career. The website for Gold & Silver accurately refers to him as being the ‘brains behind the brawn.’

Harrison showed a particular interest in cars, and was even gifted a 1957 Chevy 150 Sedan by the stars of American Restoration and American Pickers.


Fans and those who knew the popular reality star personally have taken to social media to express their condolences, with many praising his sarcastic sense of humour.

Autograph expert from Pawn Stars, Steve Grad tweeted:

Heartfelt sympathies to my good friend Rick Harrison @GoldSilverPawn and the entire Harrison family and all of my friends at #gspawn on loss of The “Old Man” Richard Harrison.


One fan said:

Sad news that the “old man” from Pawn Stars passed away. He was a navy veteran and an extremely entertaining part of the show.

RIP Richard Harrison take care, “Old Man”

Our thoughts are with the family of Richard Harrison at this difficult time.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV


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