Michael Parkinson Biography
Sir Michael Parkinson, was a Retired 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 programs both in the UK and internationally. He has been described by The Guardian as “the great British talkshow host”.
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 Career
Parkinson began his journalism career in 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 programs for the BBC and Manchester-based Granada Television. He presented Granada’s Cinema, a late-night film review program 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 programs. 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 program 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 Family
Michael was a son to Jack Parkinson a miner and his mother Freda Rose Parkinson was a talented and creative woman and clothes designer. His mother eventually died at 95 years.
Details about his siblings are not known it will be updated when there is information.
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 was born in 1960, 1964, and 1967 respectively. They are also the grandparents of eight individuals.
Michael Parkinson Facts and Body Measurements
- Date of Birth: 28 March 1935 in the village of Cudworth, in Barnsley
- Nationality: British
- Marital Status: Married
- Height: 1.78m
- Weight: Not Available
Michael Parkinson Salary
There are no details showing his annual or monthly earnings, his salary figures will be updated as soon as they are available.
Michael Parkinson Net Worth
Parkinson has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Michael Parkinson Cancer
Parkinson announced on 7 July 2013 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 78.
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
- The 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
Frequently Asked Questions About Michael Parkinson
Who is Michael?
Michael is an English broadcaster, journalist and author from Cudworth, United Kingdom.
How old is Michael?
He is a British national born on 28 March 1935 in the village of Cudworth, in Barnsley
How tall is Michael?
He stands at a height of 1.78m.
Is Michael married?
He is married to Mary Parkinson since 22 August 1959
How much is Michael worth?
Michael has an approximate net worth of $ 12million.
How much does Michael make?
Per our average wage estimates for a journalist in the United States, Xy receives annual salary ranging between $ 24,292 and $ 72,507 that translates to an hourly average wage of between $ 10.15 and $ 31.32.
Where does Michael live?
Because of security reasons, Michael has not shared his precise location of residence. We will immediately update this information if we get the location and images of his house.
Is Michael dead or alive?
Michael is alive and in good health. There have been reports of him being sick and suffering from diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 78 years.
Where is Michael now?
Michael has retired and In October 2007, a few months after announcing his retirement from his television series, Parkinson said his radio show would also end. The last program was broadcast on Sunday 2 December 2007.
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