Richard “Rick” Harrison is a Las Vegas businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, as featured on the History series Pawn Stars. Harrison co-owns the pawn shop with his father, Richard Benjamin Harrison, which they opened in 1989.
Rick Harrison was born on March 22, 1965 in Lexington, North Carolina. The Harrison family relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 1981 after the collapse of his parents’ real estate business.
Harrison and his father opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip in 1989. By 2005, Harrison and his father were loaning out about $3 million annually, which brought them about $700,000 in interest income. A year later, in 2006, Harrison was known in Las Vegas as a pawn broker having special sports items that came complete with a story.
Harrison spent four years pitching the idea of making a show about a pawn shop after his shop was featured in the show Insomniac with Dave Attell in 2003. In 2008, Brent Montgomery and Colby Gaines of Leftfield Pictures came up with an idea about a reality show based in a Las Vegas pawn shop and approached Harrison.The series was originally pitched to HBO/ The History Channel eventually picked them up. Initially to have been titled Pawning History, the program was renamed Pawn Stars. The show features Rick and his father, Richard Harrison along with his son Corey and Corey’s childhood friend and employee Austin “Chumlee” Russell. In January 2011, Pawn Stars was the highest rated program on the History Channel, and the second-highest rated reality show behind Jersey Shore.
In January 2014, Harrison became spokesperson for the Micro Touch One Razor – a personal care shaving product for males. Harrison appeared in a television commercial promoting the One Razor product line.