Canadian Actor Don Harron, Known for Charlie Farquharson, Dies at 90

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Harron, whose daughter Mary Harron directed 'American Psycho,' was a former star of the U.S. variety show 'Hee Haw.'

Don Harron, who wore a trademark sweater and cap to play the character Charlie Farquharson on the U.S. variety show Hee Haw and The Red Green Show in Canada, has died. He was 90.

Harron died on Saturday at his home in Toronto after a long battle with cancer, the CBC News website reported. Born in Toronto in 1924, Harron first introduced the Farquharson character in 1952 on the CBC variety show The Spring Thaw.

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Harron later wrote the lyrics for Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, which has been staged every year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, since 1965. And he hosted the CBC radio show Morningside from 1977 to 1982. 

Harron also hosted The Don Harron Show on the CTV network from 1983 to 1985. He received the Order of Canada in 1980.

Harron is survived by his partner Claudette Gareau and three daughters, one of whom is Mary Harron, director of American Psycho and The Moth Diaries.