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Mar 06 2017
TCM Host Robert Osborne Dies @ 84 Comments (0)

Robert_osborneRobert Osborne: May 3, 1932—March 6, 2017 (Image via TCM)

Robert Osbourne, The Hollywood Reporter's “Rambling Reporter” who hosted Turner Classic Movies with elegance and wit, has died at 84, THR reports.

TCM's GM Jennifer Dorian said:

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 of 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.

Osborne had begun his career acting, and was considered a mentee of Lucille Ball.

Who hasn't enjoyed a classic movie hosted on TCM by this man, and who wasn't impressed by his knowledge of and respect for film?