So sad. Don Harron, best known for creating the iconic character Charlie Farquharson, died on Jan. 17 at the age of 90.
One of Canada’s most beloved comedic legends has died. Don Harron passed away on Jan. 17, his daughter confirmed. Don was widely recognized in both Canada and the U.S. for his hilarious alter ego Charlie Farquharson. The character appeared on the beloved show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1982.
Don Harron Dead: Beloved Comedian Dies At 90
Don died the morning of Jan. 17 surrounded by his family at his Toronto home after opting not to seek treatment for cancer, according to the Associated Press.
He gained notoriety in Canada for his Charlie Farquharson character, who was a country bumpkin from Ontario. Don first premiered the character on a CBC television revue in 1952. He performed as Charlie on Hee Haw from 1969 to 1982.
Don reprised the role of Charlie for two episodes on The Red Green Show in 2003 and 2004. He was also well known for his roles on The Hospital, Really Weird Tales and The Best of Everything.
The comedian was also one of the prominent figures to help bring the Canadian classic novel Anne of Green Gables to the stage. He also helped create a musical version of the novel for television in 1955,
His last role was on Puppets Who Kill in 2005.
He is survived by his two children — Mary and Kelley.
Our thoughts go out to Don’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson