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Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan
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Nom de naissance Terence Alan Milligan
Nationalité Irlande
Naissance 16 avril 1918 à Ahmadnagar (Inde)
Mort 27 février 2002 (à 83 ans)
Récompenses Chevalier commandeur de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique

Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002) was a British comedian, writer and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, his early life was spent in India where he was born. The majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He disliked his first name and began to call himself "Spike" after hearing a band on Radio Luxembourg called Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Milligan was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of The Goon Show, performing a range of roles including the popular Eccles and Minnie Bannister characters. Milligan wrote and edited many books, including Puckoon and his seven-volume autobiographical account of his time serving during the Second World War, beginning with Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. 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 groundbreaking British radio programme, The Goon Show, Milligan translated this success to television with Q5, a surreal sketch show which is credited as a major influence on the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He was the oldest, longest lived and last surviving member of the Goons.

Milligan claimed a right to Irish citizenship (as a child of an Irish citizen) after the British government declared him stateless.


Milligan married his first wife, June (Marchinie) Marlow, in 1952; Peter Sellers was best man. They had three children – Laura, Seán and Síle – and divorced in 1960. He had one daughter with his second wife, Patricia Ridgeway (known as Paddy): the actress Jane Milligan (b. 1966). Milligan and Patricia were married in June 1962 with George Martin as best man. The marriage ended with her death from breast cancer in 1978.

In 1975 Milligan fathered a son, James (born June 1976), in an affair with Margaret Maughan. Another child, a daughter Romany, is suspected to have been born at the same time, to a Canadian journalist named Roberta Watt. His last wife was Shelagh Sinclair, to whom he was married from 1983 to his death on 27 February 2002. Four of his children collaborated with documentary makers on a new multi-platform programme called I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan (2005), which includes an accompanying website.

In October 2008 an array of Milligan's personal effects was sold at auction by his third wife, Shelagh, who was moving into a smaller home. These included a grand piano salvaged from a demolition and apparently played every morning by Paul McCartney, a neighbour in Rye in East Sussex.

Shelagh Milligan died in June 2011.

He suffered from severe bipolar disorder for most of his life, having at least ten serious mental breakdowns, several lasting over a year. He spoke candidly about his condition and its effect on his life:

I have got so low that I have asked to be hospitalised and for deep narcosis (sleep). I cannot stand being awake. The pain is too much ... Something has happened to me, this vital spark has stopped burning – I go to a dinner table now and I don't say a word, just sit there like a dodo. Normally I am the centre of attention, keep the conversation going – so that is depressing in itself. It's like another person taking over, very strange. The most important thing I say is 'good evening' and then I go quiet.

As Milligan was not born in the United Kingdom, his claim to British nationality was never clear. Milligan felt that he was entitled to a British passport, after having served in the army for six years. His passport application was refused, primarily because he would not swear an Oath of Allegiance; his Irish ancestry gave him an escape route from his stateless condition. He became an Irish citizen and remained so until his death.

Le plus souvent avec

Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(10 films)
Graham Stark
Graham Stark
(4 films)
Norman Cohen
Norman Cohen
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmographie de Spike Milligan (35 films)

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Ghost in the Noonday Sun, 1h33
Réalisé par Peter Medak
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Aventure
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Pirates
Acteurs Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan, Clive Revill, Peter Boyle, James Villiers
Rôle Bill Bombay
Note48% 2.4275552.4275552.4275552.4275552.427555
Bumbling pirate crewman (Sellers) kills his captain after learning where he has hidden buried treasure. However as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he's murdered to help him find the treasure.
Barbe d'or et les pirates, 1h36
Réalisé par Mel Damski
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Action, Aventure
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Pirates
Acteurs Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman
Rôle Flunkie
Note59% 2.9979152.9979152.9979152.9979152.997915
Barbe d'or le pirate doit retrouver son trésor après avoir été emprisonné pour fraude fiscale. Il recrute la pire équipe pour l'aider.
La Folle Histoire du monde, 1h32
Réalisé par Mel Brooks, Brian W. Cook
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Comédie musicale, Musical
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale, La préhistoire, Religion, Musique, Représentation de Jésus Christ, Films pour enfants, Histoire de France, Révolution française
Acteurs Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Gregory Hines
Rôle Monsieur Rimbaud
Note68% 3.4492953.4492953.4492953.4492953.449295
L'Âge de Pierre Dans la première partie, Mel Brooks narre les premiers temps de l'humanité, avec par exemple, la naissance de l'art et « une autre, inévitable, celle du critique » (à ce moment, un barbu un peu snob s'avance vers la peinture murale et finit par uriner dessus).
Monty Python : La Vie de Brian, 1h32
Réalisé par Terry Jones
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale, Religion, La bible, Représentation de Jésus Christ
Acteurs Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Chris Langham, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Rôle Spike
Note80% 4.048684.048684.048684.048684.04868
Dans l'étable avoisinante de Jésus de Nazareth, naît Brian Cohen. Les rois mages d'Orient qui suivent l'étoile se trompent et commencent à rendre hommage à Brian. Sa mère les accueille très discourtoisement et essaie de les flanquer à la porte. Son comportement change quand elle aperçoit les cadeaux précieux (de l'or, de l'encens, de la myrrhe) que les hommes apportent. Mais les rois mages comprennent leur erreur, reprennent les cadeaux et quittent l'étable pour aller rendre hommage au « vrai messie », Jésus-Christ.
Le chien des Baskervilles, 1h25
Réalisé par Paul Morrissey
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie, Horreur, Policier
Thèmes Sherlock Holmes, Buddy movie
Acteurs Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Penelope Keith, Denholm Elliott, Joan Greenwood, Hugh Griffith
Rôle Policier
Note46% 2.310692.310692.310692.310692.31069
Comédie parodique très librement inspirée du roman d'Arthur Conan Doyle.
Fantastic Animation Festival, 1h31
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Animation
Acteurs Spike Milligan, Paul Frees
Rôle Narrator: "Moonshadow"
Note71% 3.5508253.5508253.5508253.5508253.550825
Dot et le Kangourou, 1h26
Réalisé par Yoram Gross
Genres Aventure, Animation
Thèmes Musique
Acteurs Ron Haddrick, Robyn Moore, Ross Higgins, Joan Bruce, Spike Milligan, June Salter
Rôle Mr. Platypus (voice)
Note69% 3.4935353.4935353.4935353.4935353.493535
When 5-year-old Dot finds herself lost in the Australian bush, a red kangaroo who has lost her joey (baby kangaroo) promises to help her find her way home. In the process, the kangaroo introduces Dot to a number of other animals, teaching Dot a greater appreciation for nature.
Mon 'beau' légionnaire, 1h25
Réalisé par Marty Feldman
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'armée française
Acteurs Marty Feldman, Michael York, Ann-Margret, Avery Schreiber, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones
Rôle Crumble
Note60% 3.0484953.0484953.0484953.0484953.048495
Le manoir de la famille Geste est frappé par le malheur quand la femme de Sir Hector décède en donnant le jour à Isabelle. Lorsque le saphir de la famille disparait, Beau et Digby, frères jumeaux adoptés par Sir Hector Geste, partent à sa recherche. Ils se retrouvent engagés dans la Légion étrangère, où ils doivent affronter aussi bien leur supérieur tyrannique que les rebelles arabes...
Barney (1976)
, 1h33
Acteurs Spike Milligan, Danny Adcock, Michael Preston, Judi Connelli, Colin Petersen
Rôle Hawker
Note61% 3.055693.055693.055693.055693.05569
In the 1880s, a small boy called Barney, a wombat called Amanda and an Irish convict called Rafe are the sole survivors of a shipwreck. They head off to Ballarat together to find Barney's father. On the way two gypsy woman drug Rafe and try to steal Barney's money. Rafe is wrongly accused of horse theft and his imprisoned by Barney helps him scape. Barney is eventually reunited with his father.
The Great McGonagall, 1h35
Réalisé par Joseph McGrath
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Biographie, Comédie
Thèmes Politique, Politique, Royauté
Acteurs Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Julia Foster, John Bluthal, Victor Spinetti, Valentine Dyall
Rôle William McGonagall
Note50% 2.5263252.5263252.5263252.5263252.526325
Un tisserand écossais tombe amoureux de la reine Victoria et lui dédie ses poèmes. Bien qu'il n'arrive pas à l'approcher, il rêve qu'il est honoré par elle.
Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall, 1h42
Réalisé par Norman Cohen
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Jim Dale, Arthur Lowe, Bill Maynard, Tony Selby, Geoffrey Hughes, Spike Milligan
Rôle Leo Milligan
Note58% 2.9009652.9009652.9009652.9009652.900965
Aspiring jazz musician Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill-on-Sea, where he begins training to take part in World War II. But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes.
Digby (1973)
, 1h28
Réalisé par Joseph McGrath
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Science-fiction, Fantastique, Comédie, Aventure, Horreur
Thèmes L'adolescence, Mise en scène d'un animal, Le thème de l'éducation, L'enfance, Comédie de science-fiction, Mise en scène d'un chien, Films pour enfants, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Harcèlement à l'école
Acteurs Jim Dale, Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas, Norman Rossington, Victor Spinetti, Molly Urquhart
Rôle Dr. Harz
Note54% 2.7017952.7017952.7017952.7017952.701795
Digby, un chien de berger, boit un produit chimique expérimental et devient un chien géant. Tout le monde cherche à s'emparer de lui, surtout Billy, son maître, le souffre-douleur de son école, qui tentera l'impossible pour devancer cette armada.