by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger
Pawn Star’s Richard Harrison aka Old Man sadly passed away today at age 77. Harrison was the owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and ran it with his son Rick and grandson Corey. Harrison had retired from the Navy and moved to Vegas, Nevada in 1981 after he failed to make it into the real estate business and then opened the shop with his son Rick back in 1988. Harrison was beloved by the fans of the show and his family as well. He was a loyal family man who cared about the business, his son, grand kids, and his great-grandchild.
He passed peacefully while surrounded by his family and friends who have wished for their privacy during this time. Despite failing once in real estate, he did see his $10,000 investment of his pawn shop grow into a multi-million dollar industry with the help of History Channel’s reality TV show of him and his family running the shop. The idea of the show came from Rick who worked hard to get the idea of his business to be on TV. Pawn Stars was eventually created and aired its first season back in 2009 and has been aired for fifteen seasons so far.
In fact, there are more than 500 episodes to watch. After the 500th episode the shop reportedly went from having about 70 customers a day to thousands. To handle the demand the shop went from 10 employees to 50. Other than the famous Harrison trio another character on the show who everyone knows, and loves is Austin Russell aka Chumlee. Chumlee is adored by fans across the country and is known to be the comedic of the group. The show taught people the history of some objects brought in, hard work, family and friend relationship, and many more. Old Man Harrison will truly be missed by his family and friends and the whole Pawn Star community.