"Rolf Harris" CBE, AM (born March 30, 1930) is a British/Australian musician, composer, painter, and television host.
He was born in Bassendean, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, Australia, to Cromwell ("Crom") Harris and Agnes Margaret Harris (née Robbins) who had migrated from Wales. He was named after Rolf Boldrewood, an Australian writer, whom his mother admired. He attended Perth Modern School in Subiaco.
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 was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) on 17 June 2006, having previously been created a Member (MBE) in 1968 and an Officer (OBE) in 1977.
Harris had experience in Perth on television in its early years, with his rapid drawing style and flair for amusing entertainment.
He moved to the United Kingdom as an art student at City and Guilds Arts School, Kennington, South London at the age of 22, notably illustrating Robert Harbin's ''Paper Magic'' (1956).