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Rolf Harris

Born 30 March 1930.
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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 lived in Bray, Berkshire, England, for more than six decades.

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 (a 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 the UK, later presenting shows such as Rolf's Cartoon Club and Animal Hospital. In 2005, he painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

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 in July was sentenced to a total of five years and nine months in prison. He is incarcerated at HM Prison Bullingdon.

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