Nicholas Parsons Biography
Nicholas Parsons was born in Grantham, United Kingdom, on 10th October 1923. Christopher Nicholas Parsons was its birth name. He was an English singer, and presenter for radio and television. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and during the 1970s and early 1980s hosted the game show Sale of the Century.
Nicholas Parsons Family
Having an older brother and a younger sister, he was the middle child of the family. His father was a general practitioner whose patients included Margaret Thatcher’s family who claims he delivered her is unproven.
Nicholas Parsons Education
He had a stutter as a boy, which he managed to control as he grew older, and was slow in learning to owe to dyslexia. He also suffered from migraines but excelled at school nonetheless.
Parsons ‘ initial career plan was to become an actor after being educated at Colet Court and St Paul’s School in London. His parents, however, assumed that a career in engineering would be ideal because as a young man, he had fixed grandfather clocks and was innovative with his hands.
He was best friends at school with John Treacher who was to become Commander-in-Chief Fleet. At school, the nickname for Parsons was “Shirley,” after Shirley Temple’s then-burgeoning talent.
Nicholas Parsons Career
Parsons began his career while studying as an apprentice in engineering; Canadians had noticed him. Parsons became a full-time professional actor at the end of WWII. He made his stage debut in the West End as Kiwi in 1945 at the Aldwych Theatre’s The Hasty Heart, which lasted for over a year, and then played the lead on an Arsenic and Old Lace tour.
He appeared in Boeing-Boeing’s West End series and other West End shows.
Nicholas Parsons Wife Children
Parsons had two marriages. In 1954 he was first married to the actress Denise Bryer; they had two children together. In 1989 the couple divorced. He later married Ann Reynolds in 1995. He was a keen cricket fan, player and supporter alike.
Nicholas Parsons Cause of Death
Nicholas Parsons, the veteran host of the TV and radio panel show Just a Minute, has died aged 96 after a short illness, his agent said.
A statement issued by his agent, Jean Diamond, on behalf of his family, said:
Nicholas passed away in the early hours of 28 January after a short illness at the age of 96. He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville hospital.
Oh no. Nicholas Parsons gone? He ruled Just a Minute for Just a Lifetime. A stunning achievement: never scripted, always immaculate. From comedian’s sidekick to great institution, via Sale of the Century & much more. Unrivalled continuity, professionalism & commitment. Farewell x
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 28, 2020