Michael Parkinson Biography
Sir Michael Parkinson, is an English broadcaster, journalist and author from Cudworth, United Kingdom. From 1971 till 1982 and from 1998 to 2007, he presented his television talk show, titled Parkinson as well as other talk shows and programmes both in the UK and internationally. He has been described by The Guardian as “the great British talkshow host”.
Sir Michael Parkinson Age
Parkinson was born on 28 March 1935 in Cudworth, near Barnsley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is 83 years old as of 2018.
Michael Parkinson Education
Parkinson went to Barnsley Grammar School and passed two O-Levels: in Art and English Language. There he was a club cricketer, and both he and his opening partner at Barnsley Cricket Club, Dickie Bird, had trials for Yorkshire together with Geoffrey Boycott.
Michael Parkinson Family (Parents)
The broadcaster was born into the family of Jack Parkinson, a miner and his wife Freda Rose Parkinson. There is no record of a sibling.
Michael Parkinson Wife
Parkinson is married to Mary Heneghan now known as Mary Parkinson since 22 August 1959. She presented on the Thames TV daytime show Good Afternoon and briefly presented Parkinson in the 1970s. The couple lives in Bray, Berkshire.
Michael Parkinson Children
Michael and Mary are parents to three grown ups: Andrew, Nicholas and Michael Jr., who were born in 1960, 1964, and 1967 respectively. They are also grandparents of eight individuals.
Michael Parkinson’s Career
Parkinson began his journalism career on local newspapers like the Manchester Guardian as a features writer and later on the Daily Express in London. In the 1960s, he moved into television, working on current affairs programmes for the BBC and Manchester-based Granada Television. He presented Granada’s Cinema, a late-night film review programme from 1969.
In 1971, he presented his eponymous BBC series Parkinson, which ran until 1982 and from 1998 until December 2007, leaving the BBC for ITV1 partway through the second run.
On TV-am, took over as host of Thames Television’s Give Us a Clue from Michael Aspel. In 1985, he stood in for Barry Norman as presenter of Film 85. Between 1987 and 1988, Parkinson hosted 15 episodes of Parkinson One to One for Yorkshire Television, a series of interview programmes. Parkinson announced his retirement on 26 June 2007.
Parkinson took over BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for the 1986 series, after the 1985 death of its creator, Roy Plomley. Parkinson stayed for three years until handing over to Sue Lawley.
Between 1994 and 1996 he hosted Parkinson on Sport on BBC Radio Five Live. Between 1996 and 2007, he presented a morning show on BBC Radio 2 called Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement. In October 2007, a few months after announcing his retirement from his television series, Parkinson said his radio show would also end. The last programme was broadcast on Sunday 2 December 2007.
In 1965 the Sunday Times invited Parkinson to write a regular sports column, drawing on characters in his days in cricket and football.
In the 1980s, Parkinson wrote a series of children’s books called The Woofits about a family of anthropomorphic dog-like creatures in the fictional Yorkshire coal-mining village of Grimeworth. The books led to a TV series, which he narrated. He wrote a sports column for the Daily Telegraph and is president of the Sports Journalists’ Association. His book Parky: My Autobiography was published on 2 October 2008.
Michael Parkinson Cancer
Parkinson announced on 7 July 2013 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 78.
Michael Parkinson Net Worth
Parkinson has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Michael Parkinson Interviews
He has interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s celebrities like Muhammed Ali, Meg Ryan, Clint Eastwood, Sandra Bullock and many others.
Michael Parkinson Books
- A Pictorial History of Westerns
- Parkinson’s lore
- Thoughts of the Lunatic
- Darkside of the Lunatic
- Muhammad Ali: A Memoir
- Parky’s People: The Interviews 100 Of The Best
- Parky: My Autobiography
- Michael Parkinson On Football
- Sporting Profiles
- Parkinson: Selected interviews from the television series
- Michael Parkinson On Golf
- Michael Parkinson on Cricket
- United States and United Kingdom Educational Policy (Praeger special studies series in comparative education)
- Best: An intimate biography
- Sporting Lives
- Bob Wilson: My Autobiography – Behind the Network
- Football daft
- Football Final
- Bats In The Pavilion
- Leadership and Urban Regeneration: Cities in North America and Europe (Urban Affairs Annual Reviews)
- The Joy of Football
- Michael Parkinson on Football
- Collins-Robert Comprehensive Dictionary and Thesaurus: Volume 1, French-English / Le Robert & Collins Super Senior: Volume 1: Français-Anglais: French-English Vol 1
Michael Parkinson Meg Ryan Interview
Michael Parkinson Interview
You are hosting ‘An Audience With Sir Michael Parkinson’ at Kingston’s Rose Theatre on March 11. Can you let us know what the audience can expect?
Michael Parkinson: Well actually I’m co-hosting. The show is myself in conversation with son and long term Producer Mike who takes me though my life and career with the help of some classic clips from the Parkinson archive. It’s the story of how I made it out of a pit village to the top of those famous stairs with all the highs and low along the way in the company of Connolly, Ali, Lauren Bacall, Sir David Attenborough, Joan Rivers, Sir Michael Caine. Madonna, Dane Edna Everage to name but a few. It’s a great show which I love doing and If I wasn’t on stage I buy a ticket!
In your mind what is the role of the media in society?
Michael Parkinson: I’ve never found a better description then the original mission statement of the BBC – to inform, educate and entertain.
Michael Parkinson: Not one you would expect me to say. It was with the eminent scientist Professor Jacob Bronowski. He was the writer and presenter of that landmark book and television series The Ascent of Man. It was the one time that the shape and progression of the interview went exactly the way I had prepared. But that was more to do with Professor Bronowski’s perfect command of the English language and his forensic mind then my interviewing skills
Michael Parkinson: Once, when they were still with us, I sat down with Alan Whicker and David Frost, both of whom I liked and deeply admired, and we agreed to write down on a piece of the paper the worst interviewee we had all interviewed. We then showed each other at the same time. Each of us had written down Thor Heyerdahl, the Norweigan anthropologist most famous for the Kon-Tiki expedition in the Pacific. We all agreed he would not be our first choice as a crewmate on a deep sea cruise
Top 3 songs ever written?
Michael Parkinson: Too many. Here’s 3 that are near the top of my list. I’ve Got you Under my Skin by Cole Porter, sung by Frank Sinatra with the arrangement by Nelson Riddle. Summertime by George and Ira Gershwin, sung peerlessly by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Love for Sale, again by Cole Porter, played as an instrumental by the Buddy Rich Big Band
Proudest moment from your career?
Michael Parkinson: Being awarded Honorary membership of the Musicians Union. Music has given me such joy in my life and my respect for anyone with musical talent knows no bounds. To be accepted into their inner circle without an ounce of musical talent is a real honour
What do you make of current British television?
Michael Parkinson: Slick, brilliantly produced and full of talent yet sadly often soulless and derivative. I was lucky to come into television when I did.
Any advice for up and coming broadcasters/interviewers today?
Michael Parkinson: It’s difficult to do so because the media environment they are coming into is not one I recognize nor to be honest understand. The only piece of advice I can give any aspiring interviewer is do your homework and listen.