TCM Host Robert Osborne Dead at 84

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has died at the age of 84.

Fox News Channel correspondent Claudia Cowan announced Osborne’s passing Monday on Twitter.

Osborne was the cable channel’s primary on-air talent since the network got its start in 1994. He introduced classic films to TCM’s audience, often speaking with major stars — including Carrie Fisher, Drew Barrymore, Angela Lansbury and Alec Baldwin — who co-hosted with him or were interviewed by him.

During his long career in Hollywood, Osborne was an actor (appearing in series like The Beverly Hillbillies) before parlaying his writing ability and showbiz interests into stints with outlets like CBS Morning News and The Hollywood Reporter.

Turner Classic Movies released this statement Monday:

Robert Osborne Dead Died

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13 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Always great to watch.

    RIP

  2. Shar says:

    Mr. Osborne was such a classy gentleman, so enthusiastic about all movies and their place in society. He’ll be missed.

  3. J..Norman says:

    He was someone people generally paid attention to when he spoke.

  4. znachki says:

    I met him at a film fesitval once, and he was gracious and so lovely. I will miss him.

  5. leejay29 says:

    A true gentleman. His cameo on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt made me laugh out loud. RIP.

  6. Jason says:

    His enthusiasm for film history and soothing presence, made him an essential part of TCM. There’s really no one quite like him, so he’ll remain irreplaceable.

  7. Susan says:

    He was a one-of-a-kind classy guy. He will be forever missed on TCM!

  8. Jo Anna Chenault says:

    Turner Classic Movie Channel has always been my favorite channel. I will miss his introduction of the movie plus the little known facts. He will be missed

  9. M says:

    A great loss for TCM and film lovers.

  10. Jennie L. says:

    RIP Robert Osborne, you will be missed! TCM will never be the same.

  11. Such a wonderful interviewer & commentator! I’ve been saving old movies on Vhs for over 25yrs and my favorite saves are the ones that Robert Osborne introduces & closes the movie… his appreciation of film, story, the actors, always make watching those movies more enjoyable. Ben Mankiewicz does a great job too, but Robert Osborn was a TCM gem and will truly be missed!

  12. Dianna Martin says:

    Robert Osborn was a greatf movie historian. I always watched him on TCM. Rest In Peace Robert. You truly will be missed on TCM.