( b. Sep 19, 1924 Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - d. Jan 17, 2015 Toronto, Ontario, CANADA ) Male
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
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