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.
Where will Michael Parkinson be buried? Burial venue, Burial Date
Michael Parkinson’s burial arrangements are not yet public information. His family has not released any details about his funeral or burial plans.
Parkinson’s cause of death has also not been released. His family said he died after a long illness, but they did not specify what the illness was.
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.