Jack Milroy

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Jack Milroy
Born James Cruden.
(1915-12-28)28 December 1915.
Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Died 1 February 2001(2001-02-01) (aged 85).
Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, Scotland

James Cruden (28 December 1915 – 1 February 2001),[1] better known as Jack Milroy, was a Scottish comedian. Born in Govanhill, Glasgow and educated at Shawlands Academy, Milroy is noted for his partnership with comedy actor Rikki Fulton, as Francie and Josie.[2] The pair appeared together as these lovable Glasgow teddy boys on television, in theatres across Scotland and in pantomime, from 1960 until their final appearance at the King's Theatre in Glasgow 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.[3] He died in Glasgow's Western Infirmary.


  1. ^ Katy McCloskey (1 February 2012). "On this day in Glasgow's history: 2001 Comedian Jack Milroy died". STV News. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Obituary Jack Milroy". The Daily Telegraph. 14 February 2001. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jack Milroy, comic legend, is dead". Herald Scotland. 2 February 2001. 

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