The Old Man, Pawn Stars
The Old Man (Photo credit: Joey L.)

The Old Man

After serving in the U.S. Navy and losing a million dollars in the real estate market, Richard “Old Man” Harrison uprooted his family and moved to Las Vegas in pursuit of a fresh start. Opening the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1988, he had to learn a little about a lot, really fast. From Rolexes to antique cars, Richard was armed with the rare skill of assessing the value of anything accurately. With uncanny precision, he was known as the king of purchasing underpriced merchandise, even from arch-rival pawn shops, which helped turn his initial $10,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business. Disciplined, wise and cunning, Richard drove a hard bargain and was anything but easy to please.

He played an important and influential role at the pawn shop all the way up to his passing on June 25, 2018.