Pawn Stars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business opened in 1989 and operated by patriarch Richard "Old Man" Harrison, his son Rick Harrison, Rick's son Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, and Corey's childhood friend, Austin "Chumlee" Russell.
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Richard Kevin Harrison (born 1965) 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 is co-owner of the pawn shop with his father Richard Benjamin Harrison, which they founded in 1988 when Harrison Jr. was 23.
Austin Russell, also known as Chumlee, is an American reality television personality. He is known for appearing on the History Channel television show Pawn Stars, where he works at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada with owners Rick Harrison and his father, Richard Harrison. Chumlee, who was a high school friend of Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, was hired by Rick Harrison, co-owner of the pawn shop with his father, Richard Benjamin Harrison in 2004. In 2009, Chumlee was the only non-member of the Harrison clan to have a credited cast role when Pawn Stars debuted. On the show, he is often portrayed as the comic foil, but often appraises in his area of expertise of pinball machines and video games.
The Old Man
Richard Benjamin Harrison, Jr. (also known by the nicknames The Old Man and The Appraiser) (born March 4, 1941), 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 channel series Pawn Stars. Harrison is co-owner of the pawn shop with his son Rick Harrison, which they opened together in 1989.
Richard Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison
Rick's son and Richard's grandson, who started at the shop at age nine, polishing jewelry. He is now the manager of the shop's day-to-day operations, and 30 of its employees, makes the most purchases of anyone in the shop, and is being groomed by Rick to be the boss one day. Corey often comes into conflict with his father and grandfather over his knowledge of the shop's inventory, his responsibilities as a manager, and his overall judgment in sales, in particular his purchase of expensive items. Following gastric lap band surgery in 2010 and a change to his diet, Harrison's weight went down from 365 lb (166 kg) to approximately 250 lb (113 kg) by July 2011. In Season 6, he tells the elder Harrisons that he will take a job at another business if he is not given a 10% partnership in the shop. He remains with the shop after he is given a raise and a 5% partnership, with the possibility of a greater stake in the business in the future.