Farewell, Don Harron

Canadian comedy entertainment legend and nonagenarian senior citizen Don Harron has died in his Toronto home at age 90 (September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015) of cancer. 

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Although he performed in many stage and television guest and starring roles throughout his career, Harron’s acting fame is perhaps best remembered for performing as his recurring  sketch comedy character, Charlie Farquharson, on Hee Haw. He also served as host of CBC Radio’s Morningside show for 5 years.

Left, Don Harron as Charlie Farquharson, on Hee Haw. (Photo: frimminjimbits.blogspot.ca)

One of Don Harron’s earliest TV movies was Cyrano De Bergerac (1962) starring fellow Canadian iconic actor Christopher Plummer, as well as Hope Lange (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir); and Gordon Pinsent.

Don Harron is also often associated with his involvement in developing the classic Canadian novel about childhood and growing up – Anne of Green Gables (by Lucy Maud Montgomery) – for a television production in the 1950’s. Harron then later developed Anne of Green Gables as a musical stage play, where it has been performed in PEI’s Charlottetown Festival for over 50 years.

Don Harron married and divorced 3 times before marrying his 4th wife Claudette Gareau in 2012 at age 87. He is survived by Claudette and his 3 children from previous marriages. An active senior citizen, Don wrote books and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 (age 85).

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In character as Charlie Farquharson, Don Harron appeared in a print campaign, advocating the use of walkers, canes, and scooters urging seniors to “Get over bein’ an old fogey! Get a handle on life.” in order to reduce falls and injuries for senior citizens.

Right, Don Harron as Charlie Farquharson in seniors safety advertisement. (Photo: CTV)

Farewell, Don Harron.

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