Nicholas Parsons Bio – Wiki
Christopher Nicholas Parsons was born October 10, 1923 in Grantham, United Kingdom. Christopher Nicholas Parsons CBE was an English actor and radio and television presenter.
The end of an era. Nicholas Parsons was such a lovely man – and so versatile: actor, entertainer, writer, TV star & radio host without equal, but for me, most of all, friend. I knew him for more than 50 years: he was simply the best. Thinking of his wonderful wife Annie & family. pic.twitter.com/p1Dl1rWqfJ
— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) January 28, 2020
Nicholas Parsons Age
He was 96 years old.
Early life & Education
He was the middle child of the family, having an older brother and a younger sister. His father was a general practitioner whose patients included the family of Margaret Thatcher, claims that he delivered her are unproven.
As a child, he had a stutter, which he managed to control as he grew older, and was slow to learn owing to dyslexia. He also suffered from migraines but nevertheless excelled at school.
After education at Colet Court and St Paul’s School in London, Parsons’ initial career plan was to become an actor. However, his parents believed that a career in engineering would be better, as he had repaired grandfather clocks as a young man and was creative with his hands.
While at school, he was best friends with John Treacher who was to become Commander-in-Chief Fleet. At school, Parsons’ nickname was “Shirley” after the then burgeoning talent of Shirley Temple.
Parsons was married twice. He was first married to actress Denise Bryer in 1954; together they had two children.The couple divorced in 1989. He subsequently married Ann Reynolds in 1995. He was a keen cricket fan, both as a player and supporter
Parsons started his career while training as an engineering apprentice; he was discovered by Canadian impresario Carroll Levis, and appeared in his radio show.
At the end of the Second World War, Parsons became a full-time professional actor. He made his stage debut in the West End as Kiwi in The Hasty Heart at the Aldwych Theatre in 1945 which ran for over a year, then played the lead in a tour of Arsenic and Old Lace.
He starred in the West End show Boeing-Boeing and other West End productions.
Death/ 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.”