Rick Harrison is an American television personality, producer and entrepreneur born on March 22, 1965 in Lexington, North Carolina, USA. He is known for his appearance on the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars”.
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Richard Kevin was born the third child of Richard Benjamin and Joanne Rhue Harrison. Rick’s older sister Sherry was born with Down syndrome and suffered from serious health complications that caused her unfortunate death at the age of six. Rick’s brothers are Joseph and Chris.
Rick’s father served in the Navy for 20 years and his mother – a future real estate agent – was the daughter of one of the city’s most prominent lawyers. Rick’s family moved to California when he was two years old and his father was transferred there.
In his youth, Rick became an avid book reader. His favorite work was “The Great Brain” by John D. Fitzgerald, but he also became a fan of history books and his favorite subject was the British Navy, the Royal Navy.
He attended Taft Middle School, although he never finished college as he dropped out of school at age 14. In 1981, when Rick was barely 16 years old, his parents’ real estate business collapsed when they lost more than $1 million due to high interest rates. This caused his family to move to Las Vegas, Nevada in search of new opportunities.
After dropping out of school at age 14, Rick Harrison entered the workforce. He had many jobs, such as owning cars and selling faux haute couture items.
Now that he’s settled in Las Vegas, his father opened his first thrift store called the Gold & Silver Coin Shop in 1981, giving Rick the chance to work with him during the day while doing other jobs at night.
The store grew exponentially, causing the company to move to another larger location on Fremont Street, though the experience was short-lived and the store had to be moved to a location on Las Vegas Boulevard due to various issues with their lease.
In 1988, both Rick and his father were thinking about converting their store into a pawn shop. At the time the population of Las Vegas was 200,000 and under Nevada laws, such things should be restricted until the city’s population grew: ‘The good guys’, in the ’50s, thought we had our pawn stores, we don’t want competition, so they passed a law saying they’d issue another pawn license when there are 250,000 people in the city of Las Vegas.
This was when there were only 20,000 people in Las Vegas and no one ever thought it would get to 250,000. But look, in 1988 I was the first to get a permit.’
However, getting the license was not an easy task; Harrisons struggled legally for a while until they succeeded. The thrift store no longer existed when the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop took its place.
In the late 1990s, the company had achieved tremendous success with an inventory of over 5,000 items, and by 2005 it was grossing approximately $3 million a year. The items the store was most famous for were rare collectible sporting goods and jewelry.
Rick Harrison’s passion for history also helped him improve the company, which: brings him great pride: ‘We certainly have a different type of store. Three generations work here. It’s really eclectic. Think about it: we’re American Chopper one week, Antiques Roadshow the next, Pimp My Ride the next. We’re a little bit of everything.’
The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop first appeared on TV in 2003 when it appeared in “Insomniac with Dave Attell”. That’s why Rick Harrison thought it would be a good idea to make a TV show around the store’s operations. His efforts to make this dream a reality were unsuccessful for a few years, until 2008, when producers at Leftfield Pictures found the store with the same idea.
The original idea was to bring the show to HBO, although the concept of the series was very different from what Rick and his father had envisioned. It wasn’t until History Channel producer Nancy Dubuc changed the format of the show to a more real, low-key environment with customers appreciating the items on display or selling their own items to the store that the show finally made sense.
“Pawn Stars” premiered in 2009, and in 2011, it was one of the network’s highest-rated series. To date, the show has been on the air for over 11 years and is 17e season.
The show has turned the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop into a nationwide attraction, attracting tourists, TV fans and history buffs to the shop. In front of this reason Rick, his father, son Corey and best friend “Chumlee” are not in the store outside of show season.
Other TV appearances
Rick Harrison has made several other TV appearances, such as in “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Show with David Letterman”.
Rick has also landed small acting roles such as in TV series “iCarly” and “The Middle”, along with movies “I Lost My Head in Vegas” and “The Safe”. He also made a small appearance in Bob Dylan’s short video “Like a Rolling Stone”.
In 2018, Rick partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation to publicize the death that personally affected Harrison in his youth, as he stated in in an interview: ‘Because of my seizures, as a child I had to spend a lot of time in bed in my room, away from the television.
The best way to entertain myself was to read, so I became very interested in history books.”
In addition, Rick expressed his joy at engaging with the nonprofit: “I am honored to be working with them and want to encourage everyone to talk about their stories and build a community to help in any way we can as we make progress. in finding more solutions for people with epilepsy’.
At the age of 17, Rick and his girlfriend Kim were expecting their first child together. Unfortunately, complications during the pregnancy caused Kim to miscarry.
Despite this and their young age, Rick and Kim decided to get married and welcomed two sons together named Corey and Adam. After the birth of their second son, the couple divorced and Rick was in charge of raising both children.
Not long after the divorce, Rick met a woman named Tracy Ann Hill, whom he married in 1987. The marriage lasted more than two decades until they filed for divorce in 2011.
The following year, Harrison proposed to his girlfriend Deanna Burditt, whom he eventually married in California in July 2013.
Rick Harrison’s net worth is estimated at $8 million, which is the result of his various entrepreneurship projects, his shares of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, and many appearances on TV. It has been reported he was also included in his father’s will – who died in 2018 – although it is not certain how much money he received from it.
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Rick Harrison is a man of white ethnicity, who has green eyes and a bald head. His weight and height are unknown, although he is certainly strongly built.
His father Richard removed Rick’s brother Christopher from his will for unknown reasons.
His son Corey also works at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and is good friends with Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
Rick Harrison was a spokesperson for Micro Touch One Razor shaving products.
Rick discussions with “Chumlee” are one of the main attractions of “Pawn Stars”. However, the pair have said that they are good friends off-camera.
Rick has a Instagram account on which he shares details of his daily life.