Nicholas Parsons

Birth Day October 10th, 1923
Birth Place Grantham
Age 100 Years Old

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An English actor and radio and television presenter was named for Nicholas Parsons who was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and hosted the game show Sale of the Century during the 1970s and early 1980s. He began presenting Just a Minute in 1967 and never missed a show until 2018. He appeared as a guest on other television shows, including Doctor Who and Have I Got News for You. Overall, he was a very talented person.

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Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed. Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967. "Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued by his agent Jean Diamond. "He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital." BBC Radio 4's Just A Minute is a long-running and popular panel game where guests are asked to speak for a full minute on a single subject without hesitation, deviation or repetition. He presented his last program on 23 September last year. Radio 4 has announced it will broadcast a tribute to Parsons at 18:30 GMT on Tuesday. He also appeared on the Benny Hill Show for several years after joining in 1969 and also fronted the ITV game show Sale of the Century. His other TV appearances include The Comic Strip Presents and Have I Got News For You. BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Very few people have done so much to entertain audiences over the decades, and no one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than Nicholas Parsons. 

Nicholas Parsons In Just A Minute


What was the Cause of Death of Nicholas Parsons?

In August 2019 Parsons suffered a fall, on a train to Edinburgh, while traveling to perform his show The Happy Hour at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was found to have a stomach ulcer and anemia and remained hospitalized in Edinburgh for 10 days, before being moved to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, near his home in Aylesbury. He died at age 96 in Aylesbury on 28 January 2020, after a short illness.

Where was Nicholas Parsons born?

On 10th October 1923, Nicholas Parsons was born in Grantham, England. His nationality was English and his ethnicity was White. He lastly celebrated his 96th birthday. His real birth name was Christopher Nicholas Parsons. He was the middle child of the family, having an older brother and a younger sister. His father, Paul, was a general practitioner whose patients included the family of Margaret Thatcher; claims that he delivered her are apocryphal. His mother, Nell, nee Maggs, was a nurse before her marriage. He was born left-handed but was made to write with his right hand. After education at Colet Court and St Paul's School in London, Parsons' initial career plan was to become an actor. He was Christian by religion. 

How was Nicholas Parsons's Career?

  • Nicholas began his career while training as an engineering apprentice.
  • There, he was discovered by Canadian impresario Carroll Levis and appeared in his radio show.
  • Later, he became a full-time professional actor and made his stage debut in The Hasty Heart, Arsenic and Old Lace, Boeing-Boeing. 
  • He also became a resident comedian at the Windmill Theatre in 1952. 
  • He appeared in many supporting roles in British films in the 1950s and 1960s such as The Ugliest Girl in Town, Four Feather Falls, Listen to This Space, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Benny Hill Show, Sale of the Century and more. 
  • He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1978 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.
  • He was the host of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game Just a Minute from its first broadcast on 22nd December 1967.
  • Just a Minute continued to be transmitted with Parsons as host until his last show on 23rd September 2019.
  • He then appeared as himself in The Comic Strip episode "Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door", alongside Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson in 1988. 
  • He later featured in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who in 1989 as well as in the Seventh Doctor serial The Curse of Fenric.
  • He appeared as the Mayor in the BBC's series for children Bodger & Badger.
  • He featured in the original London cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre in 1990 as the Narrator.
  • After that, he appeared in Cluedo as Reverend Green, the guest presenter in the show Have I Got News for You, Terrahawks. 
  • He also wrote an autobiography entitled The Straight Man: My Life in Comedy. 
  • He produced a book of memoirs in 2010 called Nicholas Parsons: With Just a Touch of Hesitation, Repetition and Deviation.
  • Later, at the age of 92, Parsons presented the BBC documentary The Incredible Story of Marie Antoinette's Watch.
  • He also appeared annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe presenting his comedy cabaret show The Happy Hour.
  • He was a leading member of the Grand Order of Water Rats charity and was King Rat in 2019.
  • He was an Ambassador for Childline and The Silver Line.
  • He was a supporter of the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats.
  • On 17th October 2013, a week after his 90th birthday, he appeared as a guest on the BBC One political discussion show This Week.
  • Moreover, He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to drama and broadcasting.
  • He was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for charitable services, especially to children's charities.
  • He held the Guinness World Record for the longest after-dinner speech (11 hours) until it was reclaimed by former holder Gyles Brandreth.

With whom Nicholas Parsons was married to?

Nicholas Parsons With His Wife Ann Renolds


Nicholas Parsons was a married person. He was married twice in his lifetime. He was first married to actress Denise Bryer in 1954; together they had two children. The couple divorced in 1989. After that, he married Ann Reynolds in 1995. Prior to his death, the duo was living a happy life. 

What is the Net Worth of Nicholas Parsons?

The net worth of this multi-talented person will be surely in millions. At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated to have $12 Million whereas his exact salary has not been revealed yet. Prior to his death, he was living a luxurious lifestyle from his earnings.

How tall was Nicholas Parsons?

Nicholas Parsons was a very handsome person with a charming smile. He had an average height of six feet whereas his exact weight has not been revealed yet. Moreover, his other body measurements are still to get revealed yet. 

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