Rolf Harris AO, CBE (born 30 March 1930) is an Australian entertainer. His career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality.
Harris is widely known for his musical compositions “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”, which later became a Top 10 hit in Australia, the UK, and the United States, and “Jake the Peg”. Harris often used unusual instruments in his performances: he plays the didgeridoo, is credited with the invention of the wobble board and is associated with the Stylophone. During the 1960s and 1970s, Harris became a popular TV personality in the UK. In 2005, he painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
In November 2012, Harris’s home was searched and he was questioned by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of historic child sexual offences, and in March 2013 he was arrested. In June 2014, Harris was found guilty of all twelve charges of indecent assault between 1969 and 1986, on four victims aged between 8 and 19 at the time, and in July was sentenced to a total of five years and nine months in prison.
Following his conviction, Harris was stripped of many of the honours which he had been awarded during his career.
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
The Big Black Heart