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About Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr.
Known AsThe Old Man
Age77 Years
BirthMarch 4, 1941 Danville, Virginia
SpouseJoanne Rhue 1960-Present
ChildrenSherry Harrison, Joe Harrison, Richard Kevin Harrison, Chris Harrison
ParentsRichard Harrison Sr., Ruth Harrison
CountryUnited States
JobBusinessman & Television Personality
OwnsGold & Silver Pawn Shop
AlumniLexington Senior High School
TV showsPawn Stars
Birth SignPisces

What happened to “The Old Man” on Pawn Stars? Did The Old Man on Pawn Stars die? Everything you need to know about the Pawn Stars Old Man death hoax, plus some interesting facts about his time on the show, are all coming right up!

Is “The Old Man” on Pawn Stars still alive? That’s the question people have been asking for a while, after noticing his absence. According to the hoax (yes, it’s a hoax), Richard Harrison, known as The Old Man from Pawn Stars supposedly passed away in June 2016. Thanks to debunking website Snopes, this report was quickly shut down and explained.

According to the site, a rumor began to go around social media that he died, and it originated with a Facebook page called “RIP ‘Old Man’ Harrison.” To the delight of many, Harrison is alive and well, and neither the History Channel nor his co-stars on Pawn Stars has made any announcements or confirmations regarding his alleged demise. Harrison’s co-stars have been in the spotlight lately, especially after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month.


Where Is The Old Man on Pawn Stars?

Since The Old Man from Pawn Stars retired after suffering a stroke, he’s been keeping up a fairly quiet life away from the media. Since the death hoax about Harrison last year, there haven’t been many reports on his whereabouts.

Despite the lack of media attention about his life after Pawn Stars, The Old Man is still a much-loved character. In August, the History Channel shared a video of some memorable moments with him, which you can watch in the video below.

If you’ve never watched the show, here is the premise: Pawn Stars follows three generations of the Harrison family as they assess the value of items coming in and out of their Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, from the commonplace to the truly historic.”

Who Is Pawn Stars’ Old Man?

Richard Harrison, aka The Old Man or “The Appraiser,” was born on March 4, 1941, growing up in Lexington, North Carolina. Harrison worked as a school bus driver, served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, and then assisted his wife with her real estate business before he finally started the Gold & Silver Coin Shop with son Rick Harrison in Las Vegas in 1981.

They later got a larger location and a license to sell secondhand goods, paving the road towards the currently very successful Gold & Silver Pawn Shop featured in Pawn Stars.


Harrison married Joanne Rhue in 1960. The couple had four children together: Sherry (who sadly passed away at age six), Joseph, Rick, and Chris.

In addition to Harrison and his son Rick Harrison, Harrison’s grandson, Richard Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, joined the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop team, bringing along his long-time friend, the infamous Austin “Chumlee” Russell.

Pawn Stars‘ Rick Comments on the Las Vegas Shooting

Fans recently heard from Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison, the son of The Old Man, on October 3, when he commented about the recent horrific Las Vegas shootings. He appeared by telephone on Fox Business, and talked about the deadliest mass shooting tragedy in the history of the United States, which occurred in Las Vegas.

He began saying that “unfortunately, there is evil in the world,” and complimented the local police for handling the situation as well as they could. He found it incredible that they were able to stop the shooter in the first place. He talked about his initial shock, that continued on as more information was revealed about the shooter and his access to weapons.

He also talked about his disgust at politicians who wanted to make points out of the situation, “It truly is a great country and… out of 320 million people in this country you’re going to have some evil people. This is a loving country, this is the greatest place in the world to live and it really disgusts me when politicians, suddenly with a tragedy like this, want to somehow make points out of it — it’s not the time.”

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