Born: March 28, 1935
Chat show host
Famous for: Being the "King of Chat"
As a young man the inimitable Michael Parkinson wanted to become a professional cricketer. Little did he know that his second-choice career journalism - would eventually make him one of Britain's best-loved celebs. Early days as a TV news reporter led to his own evening chat show and the rest, as they say, is history. Over the years "Parky" has interviewed just about every major star in the world.