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Robert Osborne, the genial face of TCM, dies at age 84


Robert Osborne

NEW YORK — Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, has died. He was 84.

Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, announced Osborne’s death Monday. A publicist for the network said he passed away Monday in New York.

“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,” said Dorian. “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.”

A cause of death was not a n n o u n ce d , t h o u g h O s b o r n e’s waning health h ad fo rce d him to miss the previous two TC M Film Festivals, which he hosted annually in Los Angeles.

Fo r TC M v i ewe rs , Osborne was a constant and comforting presence. He presented nightly films and movies packaged in series like “The Essentials” with bits of history and trivia. He also conducted interviews with stars for the network’s guest programmer evenings. His intros — always beginning “Hi, I’m Robert Osborne” — were the warm appetizers to countless feasts of Hollywood classics.

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