Robert Osborne was a film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies. His passion for preserving and sharing classic films earned him fans around the globe. He shared his knowledge of stars and directors each night on TCM. In 2015, he became the host of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I loved the new behind the scenes facts and history he added to the ride. Sadly, Robert Osborne passed away yesterday, at the age of 84.
Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne. #TCMRemembers pic.twitter.com/egWsPRGnJb— TCM (@tcm) March 6, 2017
TCM has released a tribute video to Osborne as well as the following statement from general manager Jennifer Dorian:
"All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM. 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 for 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."