April 16: Spike Milligan would have been 100 today

Spike Milligan (April 16, 1918 – February 27, 2002) was a British-Irish comedian, writer, poet, playwright and actor.

Milligan was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of the groundbreaking British radio programme, The Goon Show, performing a range of roles including the popular Eccles and Minnie Bannister characters. Milligan wrote and edited many books, including Puckoon (1963) and his seven-volume autobiographical account of his time serving during the Second World War, beginning with Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1971). He is also noted as a popular writer of comical verse; much of his poetry was written for children, including Silly Verse for Kids (1959).

After success with The Goon Show, Milligan translated this success to television with Q… which was a surreal sketch show which is credited as a major influence on the members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He was the earliest-born, longest-lived and last surviving member of the Goons.

Also not celebrating their birthday today…

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Actor Barry Nelson (1917-2007)

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Actor Peter Ustinov (1921-2002)

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Composer Henry Mancini (1924-1994)

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Businessman John Harvey-Jones (1924-2008)

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Singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999)

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Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

 

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