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Spike Milligan was an Irish actor born on April 16, 1918, in British India.
His father was Irish, and his mother was English, so he held British and Irish citizenship. Milligan was an amateur jazz vocalist in the early '30s and late '40s.
Spike Milligan fought against Nazi Germany during World War II. Milligan was famous for his innovative comedy radio shows, especially 'The Goon Show'. His major TV venture was the sketch comedy series 'The World Of Beachcomber.' Milligan played the role of Monsieur Rimbaud: The French Revolution in the 1981 movie 'History Of The World: Part I,' William McGonagall in 'The Great McGonagall'.
Spike Milligan had amassed a significant sum of wealth from being an actor, comedian, writer, playwright, poet, and musician. His net worth was estimated to be $65 million before he died.
Spike Milligan earned a considerable net worth from his career though no details about his annual earnings and spending habits are available.
Spike Milligan stood 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall.
Spike Milligan was born Terence Alan Milligan on April 16, 1918, in Ahmednagar, British India. He died on February 27, 2002 (aged 83) in Rye, East Sussex, England. Milligan held British (1918-1962) and Irish citizenship (1962-2002).
Spike Milligan, initially known as Terence Alan Milligan, was born on April 16, 1918. He grew up in British India. His father was Captain Leo Alphonso Milligan, MSM, RA (1890–1969), an Irish serving in the British Indian Army, and his mother, Florence Mary Winifred (1893–1990), was English. He spent his childhood in Poona and later in Rangoon, the capital of British Burma. Regarding his education, Spike Milligan studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Poona, and later attended St Paul's High School, Rangoon. In 1931, Milligan moved to Brockley, southeast London, at the age of 12, where he attended Brownhill Road School (later to be renamed Catford Boys School) and St Saviours School, Lewisham High Road. After completing school, Spikes Milligan worked as a clerk in the Woolwich Arsenal, played the cornet, and discovered jazz. He also joined the Young Communist League.
Spike Milligan married his first wife, June Marlow, in 1952 and had three children, Laura Milligan, Seán Milligan, and Síle Milligan, and divorced in 1960.
He married Patricia Ridgeway in June 1962 and welcomed their daughter, Jane Milligan, in 1966. The marriage ended with Patricia's death from breast cancer in 1978.
Spike Milligan reportedly had another child, a daughter, Romany, with a Canadian journalist, Roberta Watt.
Milligan's last wife was Shelagh Sinclair, with whom he married from 1983 until his death on February 27, 2002. Shelagh Milligan died in June 2011.
During the British Raj, Spike Milligan was born on April 16, 1918. He was an amateur jazz vocalist during and after the time of world war II in the late '40s when he was called up to fight against Nazi Germany. He also tried to pursue the world of radio as a performer or scriptwriter. His first success in the radio world was as a writer for comedian Derek Roy's show. After a delayed start, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers joined forces for an innovative comedy radio project, 'The Goon Show.' During its first season, the BBC titled the show 'Crazy People' to make the program enjoyable to BBC officials. However, Milligan did not appear much in the early performances. Still, eventually, he became a lead performer in almost every episode of 'The Goon Show,' playing characters such as Minnie Bannister, Eccles, Jim Spriggs, Minnie Bannister, and Count Moriarty. Spike Milligan was the primary author of most of the scripts and co-author with some notable writers such as Eric Sykes and Larry Stephens.
Along with being a comedian, Spike Milligan swooped into television as a writer-performer and also made many guest appearances on variety, interviews, and sketch comedy series from the '50s to the '00s. Milligan's major TV venture was the sketch comedy series 'The World Of Beachcomber' (1968), and later, he starred in the comedy TV shows, 'Curry and Chips' and 'Q5.' Spike Milligan played the voice role of characters in the animated series, 'Wolves, Witches, and Giants.' Milligan also did poetry and has written several recognized poems. The comedian Stephen Fry described his poetry as 'absolutely immortal—greatly in the tradition of Lear.' Spike Milligan wrote a series of war memoirs and did voice recordings for 'Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall' in 1971, 'Monty: His Part In My Victory' in 1976, and Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall (1978). His theater plays include, 'Treasure Island,' 'The Bed Sitting Room' and a novel-based play named 'Oblomov.' Spike Milligan wrote several books including, 'Puckoon,' 'The Murphy,' and 'William McGonagall: Freefall.'
In 1957, Spike Milligan won the BAFTA TV Award in the Best Writer category. In 1970, Spike Milligan was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award in the Best Light Entertainment Personality category for his work in the television comedy shows, 'The World of Beachcomber' (1968), 'Curry and Chips' (1969), and 'Q5' (1969). The same year, he was nominated for Hugo Awards in the Best Dramatic Presentation category for his role in 'The Bed Sittin Room' (1969). In 1994 at the British Comedy Awards, Spike Milligan won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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