Monday, September 05, 2005
Happy Birthday Mike
JOHNNY BRIGGS (our Mike Baldwin)
Born: September 5, 1935 in Battersea, South London
‘Love me or loathe me, you’ve got to admit, I’ve got style.’
- Mike Baldwin
Johnny Briggs celebrates his 70th birthday today.
Johnny first showed up on the street in 1972 playing a lorry driver. The character Mike Baldwin made his debut on October 11, 1976. Johnny was employed as Mike in order to introduce a Cockney who would steal the hearts of female viewers. (Yes, they had Corrie totty even back then!)
At age 17, Johnny left stage school to star as a juvenile delinquent in Cosh Boy - Britain's first X-rated movie.
Over the years, Johnny has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including The Saint.
In his autobiography, “My Life As Mike Baldwin” Johnny recounts serving time in an Army jail, drunken nights with actors Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, and almost being recruited by The Great Train Robbers.
In his free time, Johnny plays golf with his buddies, singer Engelbert Humperdinck and Bill Roache (our Ken Barlow.)
Johnny & Engelbert
Finally, click on Random Rant for an amusing account of one man’s attempt to obtain a lock of Mike Baldwin’s hair.
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