Jack Milroy

(James Cruden)

1915 - 2001

Comedian. Born James Cruden in Govanhill (Glasgow) and educated at Shawlands Academy, Milroy is noted for his partnership with comedy actor Rikki Fulton (b.1924), playing Francie to Fulton's Josie. The pair appeared together as these loveable Glasgow teddy-boys on television, in theatres across Scotland and in pantomime, from 1960 until their final appearance at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh in 1996. Following service in the army during World War II, Milroy began a song-and-dance act which led him to meet his wife, Mary Lee, who was a singer. A natural comedian, Milroy appeared in Glasgow, which he continued to make his base, had his own show at the Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen in the 1950s and was a regular favourite at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr.

Milroy was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to entertainment. He died in Glasgow's Western General Hospital.

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