Longtime TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne has died. Osborne was born in Washington in 1932 and was an actor before becoming known as a Hollywood journalist. He started at TCM when the classic movie cable network launched in 1994 and remained there for the rest of his career.
Shelby Lin Erdman
Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The longtime host of Turner Classic Movies and film historian, Robert Osborne, has died, TCM announced Monday.
“All of us here at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne,” TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement.”
The always upbeat Osborne, 84, was a former actor, who started his career under contract at Desilu, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s movie studio.
He became the primary host of TCM in 1994 when the cable network first launched and, as a big proponent of film preservation, Osborne shared his vast knowledge of classic films, actors, and studios with movie fans on TCM for almost two decades.