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…