Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Benjamin Harrison

Television Personality
Born Mar 4, 1941

Richard Benjamin "The Old Man" Harrison, is a Las Vegas businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, as featured on the History series Pawn Stars. Harrison is co-owner of the pawn shop with his son Richard Kevin Harrison, which they founded together in the year 1988, when the elder Harrison was 47.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Benjamin Harrison.


1941 Birth Born on March 4, 1941.


1958 17 Years Old In October 1958 Harrison enlisted in the United States Navy to avoid imprisonment for auto theft.
1960 19 Years Old In 1960 Harrison married JoAnne Rhue, the daughter of a county judge, who later became one of the lead attorneys for Philip Morris in North Carolina. … Read More


1962 21 Years Old Harrison left the Navy in February 1962, but re-enlisted fourteen months later in order to obtain the health care benefits necessary to meet his daughter Sherry's medical expenses. … Read More
1967 26 Years Old In 1967 Harrison was transferred by the Navy to San Diego, California.
1970 29 Years Old Harrison continued to serve in the Navy, while JoAnne obtained her real estate licence in 1970 and opened her own office in 1973. … Read More


1981 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Declining real estate sales caused by interest rates as high as 18 percent cost Harrison $1,000,000 and the collapse of this business in 1981.
1986 45 Years Old In 1986 he relocated the business to a larger building at 413 Fremont Street.
1987 46 Years Old In 1987 he obtained a license to buy and sell second-hand goods.
1988 47 Years Old When the lease expired in 1988, Harrison and his son Rick founded what would become the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop at 713 Las Vegas Boulevard South, located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. … Read More


2012 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Harrison and the other stars of Pawn Stars served as grand marshals for the History 300 NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2012.
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