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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