Fast Facts

  • Left school at 16 hoping to become a professional cricketer, but was rejected by Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
  • Can be seen on the cover of Paul McCartney's 1973 album 'Band on the Run'.
  • Parkinson, his talk show, came to an end in 1982 after 361 shows and 1050 guests. It was resurrected by the BBC again in 1998.
  • Awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000 for his services to broadcasting.
  • Owns The Royal Oak pub in Berkshire with his son Nick, which serves Michelin-starred food.


  • Nicholas Parkinson — Son
  • Andrew Parkinson — Son
  • Michael Parkinson Jr. — Son
  • Mary Parkinson — Wife


  • Birth Place: Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England
  • Birthday: May 28, 1935, Gemini
  • Profession: British journalist, Host of Parkinson
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