Rolf Harris Biography

Rolf Harris, AO, CBE (born 30 March 1930) is an Australian entertainer. He is a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, painter, and former television personality. He has lived in the UK for more than five decades, and resided in Bray, Berkshire. In 2014, he was convicted of twelve charges of indecent assault, as part of Operation Yewtree, and was sentenced to a maximum of five years and nine months in prison.

Harris, who was born and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, was a champion swimmer before studying art. In 1952, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he started to draw animations for television programmes. Harris soon afterwards began a musical career, initially singing and playing the piano accordion. In 1957, he wrote "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", which later became a Top 10 hit in Australia, the UK, and the United States. While performing in Canada, he introduced a longstanding, popular routine around his song "Jake the Peg". Harris has often used unusual instruments in his performances: he plays the didgeridoo; is credited with the invention of the wobble board (a rhythmic percussion instrument); and is associated with the Stylophone, a small electronic keyboard instrument.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Harris became a popular television personality in Britain, later presenting shows including Rolf's Cartoon Club, Animal Hospital, and various programmes about serious art. In 2005, he painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that was the subject of a special episode of Rolf on Art.

On 29 August 2013, Harris was charged with six counts of indecent assault relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981, and three counts of indecent assault relating to a girl aged 14 in 1986. He denied any wrongdoing, and his trial began on 6 May 2014. On 30 June 2014, Harris was found guilty on twelve charges of indecent assault between 1969 and 1986, on four victims aged between 8 and 19 at the time, and was sentenced to a total of five years and nine months in prison. , he was reportedly incarcerated in HM Prison Bullingdon. Following his conviction, Harris was stripped of many of the honours which he had been awarded during his career.

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Rolf Harris covers Led Zeppelin during rap-friendly Glastonbury set

Australian legend draws in huge Pyramid Stage crowd

  • Jun 25, 2010

Rolf Harris to open 2010 Glastonbury Festival as Tinchy Stryder and more join line-up

Avi Buffalo, Candi Staton, Tony Allen also added to bill

  • May 11, 2010

Rolf Harris set for collaboration with Dizzee Rascal?

Chemical Brothers are also interested in working with the Australian legend

  • Dec 3, 2009

Thousands clamour to see Rolf Harris at Glastonbury 2009

Australian legend raps at Worthy Farm and pays tribute to Michael Jackson

  • Jun 27, 2009

Rolf Harris to soundtrack Nicole Kidman film 'Australia'

Harris has added wobble board to the soundtrack of the forthcoming flick

  • Nov 10, 2008

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