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Rolf Harris

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Rolf Harris, CBE, AM (born 30 March 1930), is an Australian/British musician, singer, composer, painter, and television host and personality.

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Named after Rolf Boldrewood, an Australian writer his mother admired, he was born in Bassendean, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, Australia, to Cromwell (“Crom”) Harris and Agnes Margaret Harris (née Robbins) who had both emigrated from Cardiff, Wales. He is the nephew of Australian artist Pixie O’Harris, (1903-1991), i.e. Rhona Olive Pratt, née Harris.

As an adolescent and young adult, Harris was a champion swimmer being the Australian Junior 110 yards Backstroke Champion in 1946 and Western Australian state champion over a variety of distances and strokes during the period 1948–1952. Harris attended Perth Modern School in Subiaco, and the University of Western Australia. He met his wife, the Welsh sculptress and jeweller Alwen Hughes, while they were both art students, and they married on 1 March 1958. They have one daughter, Bindi Harris (born 10 March 1964), who studied art at Bristol Polytechnic and is now a painter.

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Harris moved to England as an art student at City and Guilds Art School, Kennington, South London at the age of 22, getting into television with the BBC in 1953, doing a regular ten minute cartoon drawing section with a puppet called ‘Fuzz’, made and operated on the show by magician Robert Harbin. He illustrated Robert Harbin’s Paper Magic (1956).

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  • sunheadbowed

    "I've Lost My Mummy" music to his ears.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kdo_Kenoute

    Well said Dr-Doctor! As far as I know the accusations don't involve anyone who was underage, not that that makes it okay but we need to be more careful when using the 'P' word.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Dr-Doctor

    It's a shame that unproven allegations has tarnished his work already. I hope he'll be proven innocent so I could talk down every person who thinks he's done something wrong already.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • studman69

    Someone in the know told me that this guy is a confirmed pedo

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ThisDominon

    82!?!?

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • headey

    !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! 82... not bad

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • crownanchor

    FAIR DINKUM ROLF:)

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • rolfneto

    my naaaameee

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mystery_skate

    i heard Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport for the first time (well, i should've said i heard Rolf for the first time) a few days ago, song has yet to fail at putting a smile on my face. thank you Mr. Harris.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Plastonick

    He's alive and kicking still - at a grande 80 :) Surprised Two Little Boys isn't the first track...

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Tie me kangaroo down.... plus that dance track he done .. It's gonna be a fine day get the walking stick shaking

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • primulis

    Stupid english jokers.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • cjkisaragi

    RIP :( [3]

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • realRemox

    haha. listen the first time to him ... the kangaroo song ...it's cool :D

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jamesshorney

    RIP :(

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • frog3d

    I love Rolf Harris :)

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • pari90

    amazing

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • eoioje

    I grew up on Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Jake the Peg.

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mfarns09

    I just found a copy of Tie me kangaroo down sport, Lp released in 1963 in a box of old records my folks gave me also a copy of Elvis Presleys 1st Lp Hank Williams, Johnny Cash's 1st Lp and I don't have a turntable! I remember hearing them as a kid I wonder if there worth anything?

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Teishi

    I grew up on Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Six White Boomers, figured I'd let my daughter do the same :)

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
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