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’s show was praised for its relaxed and informal style. He was known for his ability to put his guests at ease and get them to open up. He also had a knack for asking the tough questions, but always in a respectful way.
Parkinson’s show was cancelled in 1982, but it returned to BBC One in 1998. It ran for another nine years, before Parkinson retired in 2007.
Michael Parkinson dies at 88: What was Michael Parkinson’s cause of death?
Michael Parkinson died on August 16, 2023, at the age of 88. His cause of death was not immediately released, but his family said he had been ill for some time.
Parkinson’s family said in a statement: “We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved father, Michael Parkinson CBE. He died peacefully at his home in Warwickshire on Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. We would like to thank the many people who have been so kind to him in recent years.”
Parkinson’s death was met with widespread tributes from the worlds of broadcasting, entertainment, and politics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Parkinson was “one of the greats of broadcasting”.
Parkinson’s long career spanned over six decades, and he interviewed some of the biggest names in the world, including Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, and Margaret Thatcher. He was also a popular presenter of other programs, such as Desert Island Discs and A Question of Sport.
Parkinson was knighted in 2008 for his services to broadcasting. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their two children.