Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. is a celebrated American businessman and reality television personality. Richard Benjamin Harrison with stage name ‘The Old Man’ found his way to mainstream stardom when opened the world famous ‘Gold & Silver Pawn Shop’, which was later documented on History Channel reality series ‘Pawn Stars’. The series which also stars his son Richard Harrison is the highest rated show of the television network following its unique content.
- Birthday: March 4, 1941 (Age 77)
- Ethnicity: Mixed (English, Scottish, Irish)
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Businessman, reality television personality
Family and Personal Life
Richard Benjamin Harrison is married to wife Joanne Rhue for over 56 years now. The beloved couple together had four children, out of which their eldest one died at six years after diagnosed Down syndrome.
Richard, a native of Danville, Virginia was born to Richard Harrison Sr. and Ruth Harrison, with Irish lineage. It is identified that he’s distant relatives of a former military officer and ninth President of United States William Henry Harrison though credibility has not been given to this knowledge.
- Parents: Richard Harrison Sr. and Ruth Harrison
- Wife: Joanne Rhue
- Children: Rick Kevin Harrison, Joe Harrison, and Chris Harrison
- Marital Status: Married
At the age of 1, his family moved to Lexington, North Carolina after which he spent his entire childhood there. Growing up in the county seat of Davidson County, he was sent to Lexington High School to forge a career path. But following the financial status of the family, he dropped out of school as his parents were completely broke to reimburse for his education.
He was merely 14 when started his first job as a school bus driver. Three years later he joined barn dance class, where met future wife Joanne Rhue, daughter of a country magistrate and attorney for Philip Morris Joseph Rhue.
The pair tied the knot in 1960 but before they wed, he was a pilferer who theft a car following which he got detained and the judge offered him to go to prison or military. Richard chose military over the prison and served the Navy until 1962 and re-entered 14 months after departure to be nominated for the health care benefits, intending to provide the right treatment to his daughter.
Richard’s first child was a daughter named Sherry who passed away at six years of age after diagnosed Down syndrome. Now he has three sons Joe, Rick, and Chris, out of whom Rick stars along with him in the History Channel series.
Body Measurements and Lifestyle
Richard Benjamin Harrison is one of the celebrated television faces ever. He makes an absolute charmer man with attractive height and vigorous physique for a guy in his 77.
From a non-commercial background to one of the greatest reality television star, Richard has walked a long way to the fame and things have changed dramatically through all this time but what’s unchanged is his sophisticated good looks, pure soul, and humility. With incredible good looks and glowing skin, he just makes a complete fine man for the age of 77.
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Though the body measurements and height of this ‘Pawn Stars’ actor is missing, however, going through some of his pictures it’s evidenced that he has a considerable height and body. Always put together in some of finest ensemble, he just manages to pull the attention of crowd even at the midst of young Hollywood stars and global famed celebrities.
He has an effortless cool fashion sense being usually wrapped in a body-fitted custom-designed suit or a branded outfit. He just seems to have mastered in winning the heart of audience with his high spirit, cool vibes, and natural aura.
When not bust filming the reality show, Richard accompanies his all-grown-up son at award shows and red carpet event. Being an avid outdoor person, he used to travel exotic places for fishing which his son stated on his Instagram. When young, he was a competitive biker and used to drive luxurious and branded bikes.
Richard Benjamin Harrison gained his first global fame as a star of reality TV series ‘Pawn Stars’. Prior to joining the History Channel show, he was in a military serving the U.S. Navy for 2 decades.
Richard was merely 14 when he started his first job as a school bus driver to financially support his family for which he was rewarded $5 or $6 per week. Later he joined military after pleaded guilty to stealing a car following which the country judge pun an option of imprisonment or military, he being wise chose latter.
- 1989: founded ‘Gold and Silver Pawn Shop’ in Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2009: Starred in History Channel reality series ‘Pawn Stars’ along with his son Rick and grandson Corey
He served the naval warfare service for 2 decades during which he conquered the rank of Petty officer and worked on four ships including fleet tug ATF 100 USS Chowanoc in his last year. In the mid-60s, he was posted to San Diego-based Navy in California, where he served the office while wife Joanne collected a license to open real estate office.
In 1981, when the business distorted after a decline in real estate sales, he along with his wife and three sons moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they founded a Gold & Silver Coin Shop. The shop opened by Richard and his son Rick is specialized in retailing jewelry which now features in History Channel reality series ‘Pawn Stars’.
The show documents the Harrison family and family friend Austin Russell dealing with their clients, who brings several historic artifacts in the shop to trade. Within the ten weeks of the premiere of the show, it picked up to become the channel’s highest rated show and second highest reality TV show after Jersey Shore.
Apart from the television series, he has appeared in 2011 annual American Country Awards where he took the stage to deliver the speech. He also made a guest appearance in a charity event named Celebrity Bingo Bow Wow at Silverton Casino Lodge.
For Richard’s and his family contribution in the television show as well as to the society, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman honored him. He was also accoladed by Lexington Mayor Clark Newell for his key role to the city. His achievement can’t be valued as the Clark County Commission announced July 17, 2012, as a ‘Pawn Stars/Gold & Silver Pawn Day’.
Salary and Net Worth 2018
Richard Benjamin Harrison net worth counts $8 million, while his annual salary is yet to be revealed. Richard has amassed his fortunes by running a successful business as well as featuring in History Channel reality series.
Richard’s estimated fortune is valued at $8 million, which he has predominantly garnered through his Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. With more than 2 decades of budding career in the business and 2 decades of military service, it’s not surprising at all that the star has hoarded such massive fortune.
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