Author(s): Spike Milligan (compiler Alexander Games)
When Spike Milligan died in 2002, he left behind one of the most diverse legacies in British entertainment history
Spike Milligan was born in 1918 to a British military family in the Raj. Young Spike fought the Nazis in Europe before being invalided out. After the war, he wrote and performed throughout the '50s in The Goon Show, with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. In the '60s he had success as a stage and film actor. Frail but still active into his Eighties, his one-man shows were always sell-out events. In 1992 he was made an honorary CBE, and in 2000 and 2001 he received two Lifetime Achievement Awards: for writing and for comedy. Spike Milligan died in 2002. Alexander Games was comedy critic of the Evening Standard for six years and is the author of 'Pete Dud: An Illustrated Biography' and 'Backing into the Limelight: The Biography of Alan Bennett'.