Canadian entertainer/actor Don Harron has died, aged 90.

Harron passed away surrounded by family at his home in Toronto, Canada on Saturday (17Jan15) after opting against having treatment for cancer.

His daughter Martha says, "He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper... It's horribly sad, but it's beautiful too."

Harron is best known for his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson, the country bumpkin who first appeared on a Canadian television revue in 1952, before making regular appearances on U.S. country music variety series Hee Haw between 1969 and 1982. He also wrote more than 10 books as Farquharson.

Harron also portrayed other characters in a number of Tv series during his eight-decade entertaining career, enjoying guest stints on Dr. Kildare, The F.B.I., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., 12 O'Clock High and Mission: Impossible.

He wrote many episodes for Hee Haw, directed a Tv musical adaptation of classic novel Anne of Green Gables in 1955 and later helped bring the production to the stage.

In later years, Harron was honoured with membership of the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada and he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

He had three daughters, including Mary Harron, who wrote and directed Christian Bale's thriller American Psycho.