Rick Harrison

Updated August 3, 2018

LANDOVER, MD, October 8, 2013 - "Pawn Stars" cast member and Gold & Silver Pawn owner Rick Harrison (pictured right) was propelled to fame with the runaway success of his History series. But it was living with epilepsy that started his interest in history.

“Because of my seizures, I was forced to spend a lot of time in bed in my room away from the television when I was a kid,” Harrison said. “The best way to entertain myself was to read so I became very interested in history books.”

Harrison met with Epilepsy Foundation President and CEO Phil Gattone at his shop last week to talk about joining forces to bring awareness about epilepsy and seizures in Nevada and across the country.

“We always encourage people living with epilepsy to talk about it to help bring it out of the shadows, and we are thrilled to have Rick join the Foundation and our 47 local affiliates to further elevate awareness about epilepsy and seizures,” Gattone said. “We welcome Rick to the Epilepsy Foundation family and look forward to partnering with him and his family for a long time to come.”

“I am happy that the Epilepsy Foundation heard about my having experienced it as a child and reached out to me. I am honored to work with them and want to encourage everyone to talk about their stories and build a community to help in every way possible as we progress in finding more solutions for those who have epilepsy,” shared Rick.

‘Pawn Stars’ airs on History. Visit the series website at www.gspawn.com for more information.

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In Memoriam: Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard and Rick Harrison
Richard and Rick Harrison

It is with great sadness that we report Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, the father of Epilepsy Foundation board member, Rick Harrison, passed away on the morning of June 25, 2018. The Harrison family has asked that in lieu of flowers, anyone who feels inclined to make a donation, give to the Epilepsy Foundation in his name.

  • Go to epilepsy.com/donate
  • Check the “Gift Options” box to make a gift dedicated to someone special
  • Enter “Richard Harrison” in the “In memory of" field and include a message we will pass along to Rick and his family
  • Continue on to complete your donation

Our thoughts are with Rick and his family at this difficult time.


About Epilepsy
When a person has two unprovoked seizures or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more, they are considered to have epilepsy. (An unprovoked seizure is one that occurs for no known reason.) Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million people in the U.S. and 65 million worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, at least 3 out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with over 50 local organizations throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is: to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit epilepsy.com.

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Authored Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2018