Profession: TV Host
Why Famous: Parkinson was the host of his eponymous chat show from 1971 to 1982 and again from 1998 to 2007, as well as venturing into other chat shows both internationally and nationally.
Described by The Guardian as "the great British talkshow host" he interviewed dozens of high profile celebrities over the decades.
- 1971-02-19 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson
- 2008-06-04 British TV presenter Michael Parkinson is knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace