Spike Milligan Biography

Birthday: 1918-04-16
Place of Birth: Ahmed Nagar, India Date of Death 27 Februar
Height: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
Wiki Biography: Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands. He joined the British Army himself (under protest if you believe his auto-biogs) as a conscript at the outbreak of WWII. He served in the Royal Artillery as Gunner Milligan through the North African and Italian campaigns. He got a bit too close to an exploding shell and was hospitalised with shell-shock. On his escape from army life he started his "real" work as an author and humourist. Most famous for 'The Goon Show' with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe (and originally Michael Bentine), these radio shows are commonly regarded as re-writing the rules of comedy (even before Monty Python). However under the pressure of writing all the scripts he suffered a breakdown and became a clinical manic-depressive. He was fondly regarded as the last of the great British eccentrics and had written a wealth of comic poetry mainly for children, a few novels and his multi-volume auto-biography. Spike was also a keen (fanatical?) environmental campaigner.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Son of Fred 1956 Comedy
The Telegoons Eccles 1963 Family
The World of Beachcomber 1968 Comedy
With a Little Help from My Friends 1969 Music
Q5 Various Characters 1969 - 1980
Oh in Colour 1970 Comedy
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 Comedy
Milligan in ... 1972 Comedy
There's a Lot of It About Various Characters 1982 Comedy
Wham! Bam! Strawberry Jam! 1995
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Penny Points to Paradise Spike Donnelly 1951
Down Among the Z Men Pvt. Eccles 1952
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn 1956
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film 1960
The Magic Christian 1969 Comedy
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1972 Comedy
Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World Dr. Harz 1973
Dot and the Kangaroo 1977 Animation, Family, Musical
The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 Comedy, Adventure
Monty Python's Life of Brian Spike 1979
Yellowbeard 1983 0
Ghost In The Noonday Sun 1984 Comedy
The Big Freeze Der Schauspieler 1993 Comedy