Film historian and Turner Classic Movie host Robert Osborne came into the home of film fans around the globe. He shared his passion for film and knowledge of actors and directors with us all. Osborne has passed away today at 84.
When TCM took over sponsorship of the Great Movie Right at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2015, it was Osborne who became the host both in the introductory video and on board the ride vehicles themselves.
TCM has released this moving tribute video to Osborne.
— TCM (@tcm) March 6, 2017
TCM’s general manager Jennifer Dorian issued the following statement, “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague 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 TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”
Robert Osborne was 84. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.
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