Robert Osborne 1932-2017

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne

Film historian Robert Osborne passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Osborne was the on-air host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years. His introductions to films were gems of narrative compression. Whether he was discussing a particular actor, director, or studio, he never failed to enlighten. An enthusiastic advocate of movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, his love of the movies was infectious. Always gracious, he conducted his interviews with stars, writers and directors with love. Even the most neurotic, insecure star knew that sitting down for a talk with Robert Osborne would not end up as an exercise in scandal-mongering journalism.

In his instinctive understanding that movies draw people together in a cocoon of flickering light, Osborne always steered clear of politics.

Robert Osborne’s example of non-partisan decency is tragically lost in postmodern Hollywood, where stars — actually celebrities — think nothing of scolding and insulting half of their audience.

Robert Osborne will be sorely missed. RIP.

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  1. GetThereJustAsSoon
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Osborne had not been hosting TCM Classics for some time. I had been missing him inasmuch as he was very much the man and gentleman you described, Mr. Avrech. What an example he set and I hope there are those who will follow in his footsteps.

    Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

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  2. kgbudge
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Very sorry to hear this.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    For the past few years I have enjoyed this program at the theater brought by fathom events – and in some of the screenings – like the Maltese Falcon – Robert would spend a moment talking about its history – he will indeed be missed

    For the most part I have enjoyed the classics on the big screen more than most of the contemporary movies – I blame Robert Avrech for that 😉

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  4. Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Osborne. I enjoyed your work very much…

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