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Donald Harron

Performer, Writer
( b. Sep 19, 1924 Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - d. Jan 17, 2015 Toronto, Ontario, CANADA ) Male
Also known as: Don Harron

Don Harron was a Shakespearean actor who became a star on Canadian television and a familiar face on "Hee Haw" as the country bumpkin Charlie Farquharson.

A busy stage actor in the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared, as Donald Harron, on Broadway in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables (1956), Paddy Chayefsky's The Tenth Man (1957) and other plays, and at the Shakespeare festivals in both Stratford, Conn., and Stratford, Ontario.

Reviewing his performance as Edmund in a 1962 Central Park production of King Lear for The New York Times, Arthur Gelb praised his "personal magnetism" and his "perfect" comic timing and called him "a director's dream."

But Mr. Harron became best known for playing Charlie Farquharson, a wisecracking hayseed whose inspiration he traced to his days working on an Ontario farm. He introduced the character on CBC television in 1952 and went on to portray him in Canada on television, radio and the stage.

He also made frequent appearances as Charlie, delivering comical news reports on the fictional radio station KORN, on "Hee Haw," the American hybrid of country music and corny jokes, from the show's debut in 1969 into the 1980s. He was also seen in "The F.B.I.," "Mission: Impossible," "The Outer Limits" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

In 1956, Mr. Harron and Norman Campbell collaborated on a musical version of "Anne of Green Gables," the beloved Canadian novel about a young orphan on Prince Edward Island, for the CBC. Adapted for the stage, it has been performed annually since 1965 at the Charlottetown Festival on Prince Edward Island.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Everybody Loves Opal
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Donald Harron [Bradford]
Oct 11, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
The Tenth Man
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Donald Harron [Arthur Landau]
Nov 05, 1959 - May 13, 1961
The Broken Jug
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Book adapted by Donald Harron
Apr 01, 1958 - Apr 13, 1958
Separate Tables
Table by the Window
[Play, Original]
  • Also Starring: Donald Harron [Charles Stratton]
Table Number Seven
[Play, Original]
  • Also Starring: Donald Harron [Charles Stratton]
Oct 25, 1956 - Sep 28, 1957
The Dark Is Light Enough
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Harron [Jakob,
      Stefan - Replacement]
Feb 23, 1955 - Apr 23, 1955
Home Is the Hero
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Harron [Willie O'Reilly]
Sep 22, 1954 - Oct 16, 1954
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