Rolf Harris: the 'Jekyll and Hyde' star

Rolf Harris: the 'Jekyll and Hyde' star
Entertainer Rolf Harris, his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi (R) leave Southwark Crown Court in London June 30, 2014.

LONDON - With his catchphrases, beard and glasses, entertainer Rolf Harris became a national treasure in Britain and Australia for six decades, winning millions of fans with an avuncular charm.

Harris, who was sentenced to jail Friday for a string of sex assaults on girls, painted Queen Elizabeth II on her 80th birthday and had a string of number one hit singles including "Two Little Boys."

But while several generations loved and trusted Harris, he hid a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality and was nicknamed "the octopus" because of his habit of touching women, prosecutors told his trial in London.

Harris was born in 1930 in Perth, Australia where he was a junior swimming champion before moving to Britain in 1952 aged 22 to pursue a career in art.

He went to art school, where he met his wife Alwen Hughes. The pair married in 1958, with a poodle as a bridesmaid.

Harris landed work on the BBC and performed his songs at gigs in London which featured instruments such as the digeridoo, and the wobble board, which he claimed to have invented himself.

His fame grew during the 1960s, when he became a fixture on British television with his own show.

His catchphrase was "Can you tell what it is yet?" which he said while drawing or painting pictures.

In 1969, he scored his biggest hit with "Two Little Boys", about two young boys who grow up to fight in a war together.

He even performed a version of one of his songs, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" with the Beatles.

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