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23 Facts About Nicholas Parsons
2. Nicholas Parsons made his acting debuts in the 1946 TV movie Hay Fever as well as the 1947 film Master of Bankdam.
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3. Nicholas Parsons held the Guinness World Record for the longest after-dinner speech until it was reclaimed by former holder Gyles Brandreth.
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5. Nicholas Parsons was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 New Year Honours for charitable services, especially to children's charities.
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6. Nicholas Parsons was invited to stand as a Liberal Party candidate for Yeovil in the 1970s, but he turned down the opportunity in order to remain in the entertainment industry.
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7. Nicholas Parsons was the president of the charity the Lord's Taverners from 1998 to 1999.
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8. Nicholas Parsons is a leading member of the Grand Order of Water Rats charity, and a patron of the British Stammering Association.
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9. Nicholas Parsons appears annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe presenting his comedy chat show The Happy Hour at the Cabaret Bar at the Pleasance, and has done so since 2001.
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15. Nicholas Parsons was offered a posting in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War, but he did not join the service due to ill health.
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17. Nicholas Parsons was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to drama and broadcasting.
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18. Nicholas Parsons is a lifelong Liberal, having supported the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats.
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19. Nicholas Parsons has been the host of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game Just a Minute since it was first broadcast on 22 December 1967.
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20. Nicholas Parsons became well known to TV audiences during the 1960s as the straight man to comedian Arthur Haynes.
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22. Nicholas Parsons was born at 1 Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire; he was the middle child of the family, having an older brother and a younger sister.
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