Nicholas Parsons

Christopher Nicholas Parsons CBE was an English actor, straight man and radio and television presenter. He 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. Parsons became known to TV audiences in the 1950’s and 1960s as the straight man to comedianArthur Haynes for ten years.

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Summary Nicholas ParsonsChristopher Nicholas Parsons CBE was an English actor, straight man and radio and television presenter. He 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. Parsons was born and grew up in Grantham, Lincolnshire, and was educated at St Paul’s School, London. He became a full-time actor following the Second World War and began appearing in various theatre, film and television roles, including support to Arthur Haynes. In the 1950s, Parsons provided the non-singing voice of Tex Tucker in the children’s TV puppet series Four Feather Falls, having put himself forward for the job at the suggestion of his first wife, actress and voiceover artiste Denise Bryer. During the late 1960s, he created and presented a satirical Radio Personality of the Year on BBC Radio 4 called Listen to This. Parsons became known to TV audiences in the 1950’s and 1960s as the straight man to comedianArthur Haynes for ten years.

After Haynes died, Parsons appeared in his own right on television, including in the long running quiz show Anglia Television. He died in a car crash in London on September 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, two children and a step-daughter. He has been awarded a CBE for services to comedy. He also received a CBB for services in the 1980s and 1990s, and an OBE for his services to radio and TV in the 1990s. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. For support in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. For help in the UK, contact the National suicide Prevention Line on 0800 555 111. For more information on suicide matters in the United States, call theNational Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1- 800- 273-825 or visit http://www.suicidespreventionhelpline.org or the National Suicide prevention helpline on 08457 909090.