He was also an actor, performer and
entertainer, appearing in films and on stage.
"No one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than
Nicholas Parsons," BBC Director General Tony Hall said in a
"His charm, inventive intellect and ability to create laughs
Parsons was best known for Just A Minute, in which panelists
have to talk non-stop for 60 seconds on any given topic without
hesitation, deviation or repetition.
Gyles Brandreth, a friend who worked with Parsons on the
programme said: "It's heartbreakingly sad and it is the end of
an era in many ways.
"He was a consummate professional and a role model to so many
people because he just went on working right up to when he was
"It's a career truly to celebrate and a man to celebrate," he
told the BBC.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; editing by Stephen Addison)
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