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Spike Milligan (1918–2002)

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 ... See full bio »

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Other Works:

Small Dreams of a Scorpion (more serious poetry), 1972, ISBN 0718110498 See more »

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7 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »

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Spike Milligan CBE | The Goons


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy. - Puckoon 1963 See more »


Spike has at last been officially recognised by the establishment. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2000 New Years honours list. But because he's an Irish citizen (he refused to take the oath of loyalty when he became stateless in 1960, despite spending 7 years on active service in the British Army) he can only be awarded an honorary knighthood. See more »

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