"Hi, I'm Robert Osborne"
March 6, 2017 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian, Dies at 84 As TCM’s primary on-air personality, Osborne occupied something of an unique position in the history of television: Where once it was common for channels to provide hosts for the movies they programmed, TCM is now the last U.S. movie network to regularly feature hosts who offer information about a film before it begins. posted by stopgap (68 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh, no! :( He looked much thinner in his later days.

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posted by Melismata at 11:42 AM on March 6, 2017


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posted by LiteOpera at 11:44 AM on March 6, 2017


Oh, this makes me so sad. Not just a film historian, but a film educator; encouraging generation after generation to appreciate the art of film.

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posted by ApathyGirl at 11:45 AM on March 6, 2017 [10 favorites]


Such an affable man. Thank you, sir.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:45 AM on March 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


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I enjoy watching Turner Classic Movies, but it was always better when he was there introducing the movie with some little anecdote about how and when it was made.
posted by dnash at 11:49 AM on March 6, 2017 [8 favorites]


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posted by the sobsister at 11:50 AM on March 6, 2017


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Of late I noticed him hold onto chairs/railings while standing on-camera, so I feared his health was failing. I appreciated all the facts and nuance about the films that he highlighted over the years. Glad I still have a few movies he presented on the DVR waiting for me.
posted by JauntyFedora at 11:50 AM on March 6, 2017


Is there going to be some kind of tribute on TCM?
posted by Melismata at 11:51 AM on March 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


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posted by Celsius1414 at 11:52 AM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by brainwane at 11:53 AM on March 6, 2017


Of late I noticed him hold onto chairs/railings while standing on-camera, so I feared his health was failing.

That and his much-diminished presence on-screen. He just seemed a lot weaker over the past year.
A really sad loss.

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posted by Thorzdad at 11:55 AM on March 6, 2017


It seems like I just can't learn not to take things for granted. A real loss.

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posted by Room 641-A at 11:56 AM on March 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


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posted by Atom Eyes at 12:00 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by ZeusHumms at 12:00 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 12:01 PM on March 6, 2017


I've been wondering in the last month or so about his health and what it would mean to TCM. I'll miss him.

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posted by Death and Gravity at 12:04 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Chrysostom at 12:07 PM on March 6, 2017


I've recorded movies I've seen before from TCM just because I was interested to hear what Osborne was going to say. Questions like "What's Robert Osborne going to say about Double Indemnity this time?" were always worth an answer.

(And his cameo after "Daddy's Boy" on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was perfection.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:07 PM on March 6, 2017 [9 favorites]


. shaped like a film reel
posted by Gelatin at 12:11 PM on March 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


He really felt like the last living link to the golden age of Hollywood. He seemed to take joy in being a medium through which that time reached the present day—I certainly enjoyed it.
posted by adamrice at 12:12 PM on March 6, 2017 [5 favorites]


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posted by drezdn at 12:12 PM on March 6, 2017


My mom pretty much only watches TCM, so I kind of feel like he's a part of my family. I always enjoyed him. He was from the old school that knew what they were talking about. The new guy they've got (Ben something?) is OK. He's watchable, but he doesn't have the same same authority that Osborne does/did. RIP.
posted by kevinbelt at 12:13 PM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by adamrice at 12:13 PM on March 6, 2017 [4 favorites]


Melismata, this kind of felt like a farewell when it aired.

Very sorry to see him go. His interviews with folks like Anthony Quinn, Tony Curtis and Betty Hutton were wonderful.
posted by kinnakeet at 12:13 PM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by Going To Maine at 12:18 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by valkane at 12:18 PM on March 6, 2017


Ben something?

Ben Mankiewicz may not have quite the same chops, but as the grandson of Herman J. (writer of Citizen Kane) And great-nephew of Joseph L. (who wrote All About Eve) he isn't without connections to the world of classic film.
posted by kinnakeet at 12:19 PM on March 6, 2017 [17 favorites]


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posted by cazoo at 12:23 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Annabelle74 at 12:27 PM on March 6, 2017


He will be missed.

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posted by allthinky at 12:31 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by holmesian at 12:45 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Cash4Lead at 12:54 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by octothorpe at 1:05 PM on March 6, 2017


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Turner Classic Birdman
posted by Sys Rq at 1:06 PM on March 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


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posted by juv3nal at 1:09 PM on March 6, 2017


Every movie fan is in debt to him.
posted by Flexagon at 1:16 PM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by Guy Smiley at 1:24 PM on March 6, 2017


I had the pleasure once of being on the set where they recorded the intros while he was working. It was an amazing experience.

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posted by strixus at 1:35 PM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


I always enjoyed his insight into the films he presented. I always got the impression he could go on for hours if they'd let him. I wouldn't have minded.

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posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 1:59 PM on March 6, 2017 [7 favorites]


THE END
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posted by dannyboybell at 2:00 PM on March 6, 2017


No! Such a loss -- so sad.
posted by Malla at 2:19 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by JoeXIII007 at 2:44 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by buzzv at 3:12 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 3:41 PM on March 6, 2017


Learned so much about my favorite films from him.

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posted by Splunge at 4:09 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Public Corruption? at 4:58 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by Mittenz at 5:15 PM on March 6, 2017


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posted by jim in austin at 5:39 PM on March 6, 2017


I burst into tears when I saw this news earlier today. There are so many films I remember watching that were introduced by his authoritative, but kind voice. This is a huge loss.
posted by missmerrymack at 5:53 PM on March 6, 2017 [5 favorites]


. I'll miss his after the film info tidbits. He certainly seemed to love films and what he did for a living. He was a lucky man, and will be missed hardcore.
posted by vrakatar at 6:18 PM on March 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


The Mosleys are currently on a Disney trip and took the Great Movie ride for the first time this afternoon, which is hosted by Robert Osborne. What a kick in the teeth to step off the ride, click on Metafilter and see this obit. Such a shame. You'll be sorely missed, sir.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:35 PM on March 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


He's like the kindly great uncle in who knows all the family history. That's what losing him feels like.

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posted by vibrotronica at 7:10 PM on March 6, 2017 [4 favorites]


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I enjoyed his commentary a lot. He seemed like a very warm and generous person.
posted by dougzilla at 8:33 PM on March 6, 2017 [1 favorite]


i didn't have cable for years and years after leaving home and the first thing i always did when i was in a place with cable was turn on TCM.

and then for about 3 months i had cable when i got a well paying job and all i did was DVR TCM.

sigh. maybe they'll make a TCMflix. i'd pay monthly, please include his intros.
posted by sio42 at 11:56 PM on March 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


TCM launched Filmstruck last year which I subscribe too but haven't found any Robert Osborne clips on it.
posted by octothorpe at 5:07 AM on March 7, 2017


He exuded class, with a wonderful voice and articulation. Ben's okay, and he certainly has deep roots in Hollywood. But imagine an Osbourne replacement: Picture Ian McShane introducing a horror flick. Chilling.
posted by etaoin at 5:59 AM on March 7, 2017


When I was in college I got an internship at the Hollywood Reporter (this was in 1982) and after I graduated it turned into a full-time job. So for a time I was one of Robert Osborne's co-workers. He was always polite and gracious, a real gentleman (and he wrote excellent film reviews and turned the Rambling Reporter column into something worth reading). I was pleased and surprised when he popped up on TCM years later. Sad to see him go.
posted by Man-Thing at 8:26 AM on March 7, 2017 [5 favorites]




I loved his intros. He seemed like a very interesting fellow.

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posted by but no cigar at 3:33 PM on March 7, 2017


Cut! Print it!
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Wikipedia bio and Hollywood Reporter obit.
posted by cenoxo at 5:11 AM on March 8, 2017


Well that sucks. We've been watching and debating his health for a few years and hoping he'd be able to continue.

I like Ben Mankiewicz, and the new woman though/because she has kind of an odd presence. Mr. Osborne is really hard to replace though.
posted by bongo_x at 10:09 AM on March 8, 2017


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