Robert Osborne, the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies, has died. A statement from TCM’s Jennifer Dorian said,
“All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne.He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished college and esteemed ambassador for TCM.
Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host.
Robert’s contributions were fundamental in shaping TCA into what it is today and we owe him a debut of gratitude that can never be repaid.“
Osborne was on TCM since it made its on-air debut in April 1994. A Washington native, Osborne moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting and was once mentored by Lucille Ball. He was in the, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Man with Bogart’s Face.
He was known for writing several books on the history of the Academy Awards. Below is an interview with the late movie legend, Debbie Reynolds.
Robert Osborne was 84.