Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan KBE (16th April 1918 - 27th February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor; the majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. 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. After enormous success with the ground-breaking 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 buried in the grounds of St Thomas, Winchelsea, East Sussex. His grave head stone carries the epitaph “Duirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite", Irish for "I told you I was ill”.