Don Harron
Canadian actor and comedian
Don Harron
Donald H. Harron, OC, OOnt is a Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author and composer.
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Helped form true character for the Canadian institution - The Beacon Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The celebration at the Festival Theatre also included rememberances from actors Len Cariou, Don Harron, Trent Pardy and Ian Lake, writer and director Michael Bawtree, theatre critic Robert Cushman, as well as a photo and video tribute and a rendition
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Memorial for Festival titan on Sunday - The Beacon Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Others expected to honour Langham, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's second artistic director, include current artistic director Des McAnuff, general director Antoni Cimolino, performers Len Cariou, Don Harron, Roberta Maxwell, Ian Lake and Trent
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Will Kate see Anne of Green Gables's makeover? - Macleans.ca (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This new-found success could prove that the creators of the Anne musical—including scriptwriter Don Harron, who provided an additional scene for the new production—created something more than just a Canadian curiosity piece. Classic American musicals
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The Globe and Mail - Globe and Mail
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And, what do you know, this old warhorse of Canadian musical theatre by Don Harron and Norman Campbell really stands up when you give her a good shake. New director Marcia Kash hasn't exactly revolutionized the musical, but she has dug beneath the
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A classic update - The Guardian
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Therefore the only tweak in the text is a minor rewrite in the final scene, that creator Don Harron wanted to include, which will remain a surprise until opening night. “Otherwise it is exactly the same — the same songs and dialogue
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Arts community honours one of its own - insideTORONTO.com
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Photo/COURTESY Past Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award recipients include Don Harron, George Luscombe, John Neville, Douglas Campbell, Mervyn Blake, Charmion King, Maureen Forrester, Eric Peterson, William Hutt, Martha Burns, Albert Schultz, Karen Kain,
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What's on stage in Charlottetown? - Times and Transcript
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"Don Harron, the original writer, always felt the last scene did not describe well enough the reason why Anne stayed at Green Gables," says Anne. "I had a cup of tea with him one day to discuss the scene and he faxed me the updated script the next day
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Seriously, Harper's funny - Macleans.ca
Google News - over 5 years
The strategy has a long tradition in Canada, reaching back to the 1950s with Don Harron's antics as Charlie Farquharson. More recently, Canadians have seen political knee-slappers come from the Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes
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Charlie Farquharson ready to bow out - CBC.ca
Google News - almost 6 years
Actor Don Harron plays the opinionated Charlie Farquharson. Farquharson is preparing his last appearance. (Canadian Press) (Note:CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) Charlie Farquharson is preparing to hang up
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Press Club to close - London Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
One night after his performance as Charlie Farquharson at a downtown venue, actor Don Harron was persuaded to drop by the club by Greg McGraw, a club member and a fan of Harron. Harron proceeded to break up an appreciative audience
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Don Harron
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 90
    Died on January 17, 2015.
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  • 2012
    Age 87
    Harron authored 17 books – most of them in character as Charlie Farquharson with titles spelled in the character's idiolect, as well as his 2012 memoir:
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  • 2010
    Age 85
    Harron was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 55
    He was invested as member of the Order of Canada in 1980 and in 2007, he was given the Gemini Award for Lifetime Achievement in Radio and Television.
    More Details Hide Details Harron was also appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In his later years, he was a high-profile advocate for the interests of older people. He also continued to write books, most recently (2008) publishing a retrospective work on the history of the Anne of Green Gables musical to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the original novel.
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 44
    He married his third wife, Canadian singer Catherine McKinnon in 1969. Harron and McKinnon divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He moved in with and later married his fourth wife, Claudette Gareau, who had played the separatist weather girl in Shh! It’s the News (1973) appearing with Harron. Harron's daughter Mary Harron from an earlier marriage to Gloria Fisher, is an independent film director whose credits include I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho. Harron died at 90 surrounded by his family in his Toronto home after deciding not to seek treatment for his cancer. His daughter, Martha, told Canadian Press "He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper... It's horribly sad, but it's beautiful too."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 27
    Harron is known for the character Charlie Farquharson, a personality he first portrayed in 1952 on the CBC series The Big Revue.
    More Details Hide Details Harron and the character received international attention as part of the cast of the U.S. country music television show, Hee Haw during its 18-year run; on that series, which ran from 1969 to 1992, Harron portrayed a rural anchorman for station KORN, and concluded the final story of each newscast with a cutthroat gesture. Harron reprised the character on The Red Green Show episode "You've Got Oil" (2003). Dressed in an overly well-worn sweater and frayed cap, and sporting a grizzled 'two-day beard,' Farquharson is a decidedly rural Ontario farmer from near Parry Sound. He and his wife, Valeda, have a son, Orville. He would deliver his opinion about matters local and worldwide, using many malapropisms in the process that often resulted in both double meanings and increased satire about the events. He was also known for his loud hearty laugh, "Hee! Hee! Hee!". In addition to his television appearances as Charlie, Harron published several books in the character, reproducing the malapropisms in print and including strange photos and woodcuts as illustrations.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 17
    As a teenager, Harron spent time working as a farm hand in rural Ontario; experience he later credited for the development of his Charlie Farquharson character. He graduated from Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute in 1942 and briefly attended the University of Toronto before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details After the Second World War, he completed his studies of sociology and philosophy receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at school he performed in amateur and professional productions, won the Victoria College drama award, and composed the music and lyrics for a student musical. He won the gold medal in philosophy and the regent’s silver medal and was offered a position teaching literature at the university which he turned down in order to focus on performing. After university, Harron appeared in a number of plays and revues in Toronto, including the annual Spring Thaw revue, giving him national exposure when the 1952 edition was broadcast on the newly launched CBC Television network. He spent two years in London, England, travelling there variously performing West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire and also working for the BBC as a comedy writer, acing on a radio series, playing the part of a clown in the film The Red Shoes (1948) and writing scripts for Gracie Fields.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 10
    As a result of his performances, he was invited to audition for, and won, a part in the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission radio series Lonesome Trail in 1935.
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  • 1924
    Born
    Born in 1924.
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