Michael Parkinson was an English television presenter, broadcaster, journalist and author.
He was best known for his long-running talk show Parkinson, which ran from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007. He interviewed some of the biggest names in the world, including Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, and Margaret Thatcher.
Parkinson was born in Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England, on March 28, 1935. He began his career as a journalist, working for the Manchester Guardian and the Daily Express. He moved into television in the 1960s, working as a reporter and presenter for Granada Television.
Parkinson’s first talk show, Parkinson, premiered on BBC One in 1971. The show was an instant hit, and Parkinson quickly became one of the most popular presenters in the UK. He interviewed a wide range of guests, from politicians and celebrities to sports stars and authors.
Parkinson was knighted in 2008 for his services to broadcasting. He died on August 16, 2023, at the age of 88.
Michael Parkinson Children: Meet Michael Parkinson Jr, Nicholas, Andrew Parkinson
Michael Parkinson had three children, Michael Parkinson Jr, Andrew Parkinson, and Nicholas Parkinson.
Michael Parkinson Jr. was born in 1961. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a journalist.
He has worked for a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times. He has also written several books, including a biography of his father.
Andrew Parkinson was born in 1963. He is a businessman and has worked in the financial industry. He is also a trustee of the Michael Parkinson Foundation, which was set up in his father’s name to support charities that help people with Parkinson’s disease.