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Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)


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#301 Hibi

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:49 PM

Very sad news. I knew it was coming, but I tried not to think about it. I've learned to do without him for awhile now but to know he's really gone is just awful. TCM lost some of its class today........


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#302 cody1949

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:46 PM

  You were the best, Mr. Osborne and you will be missed here dearly.  I remember Robert Osborne doing the movie introductions on a cable channel called THE MOVIE CHANNEL about 4 or 5 years before TCM went on the air.  When you get a chance say hello to Jimmy Cagney for me. :)


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#303 mr6666

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

Osborne was embraced by "devoted fans" as a trusted expert and a calming presence, with a gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history and highly personal interviewing style. He also was a fervent support for film preservation, her statement said.

"(It) all combined to make him a truly world-class host," she wrote. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today."

 

-Jennifer Dorian

 

Marlee Matlin @MarleeMatlin

Dear #RobertOsborne host of @tcm has passed. Pure class and one of the first people in Hollywood who supported my breaking barriers. RIP.

 

Mitzi Gaynor @TheMitziGaynor

#RobertOsborne- a good & true gent, unique and irreplaceable. I will love & cherish u always. My thoughts are w/his family,friends & @tcm

 

Pat Sajak @patsajak

So saddened by the death of Robert Osborne of @tcm. He helped spark my interest in classic films. He was a special man.

 


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#304 ziggyelman

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:41 PM


When human decency seems to be now viewed as some kind of weakness these days, Robert always came across as true example of decency and class. And how badly we need that.

 

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Exactly.

He was clearly a private man.....and you could tell a thoroughly decent man. His love of film was infectious. He made me want watch more classics.

I have recorded hundreds if not thousands of films off of TCM, and when I put one on, I am always sorry to see he isn't doing an intro to a film.

So weird , my Dad mentioned him just last night, and I looked Robert up and saw nothing new. I still was hoping he would return.....

TCM survives of course, but it just won't see the same without him....

Perhaps TCM, as a tribute, could run an hour of just his intros...I'd watch an hour a week of them....

Rest in Peace Mr. Osborne, thanks for making Classic movies so accessible to everyone. 


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#305 overeasy

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:37 PM

This is really a punch to the gut.  I guess most of us assumed he hadn't been well for some time, but his death is so sad, nonetheless.

 

Osborne really carried TCM on his back for many years.  He was the face and personality of the place we all call home, in one way or another.  Robert had the nearly precise mix of pleasant, self-effacing on-camera charm along with his vast off-camera, institutional knowledge of the industry.  He will be sorely missed.

 

 


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#306 misswonderly3

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:22 PM

What ? !   I had no idea. I just saw this thread a minute ago. I was not aware of this news. If I had, I wouldn't have blathered away in another thread when something like this has happened.

 

I'm not really surprised, I think we all knew Mr. Osborne had been ill for some time. Still, I did not know how ill.

I'm genuinely saddened by this news. Robert Osborne was in many ways the face, the brand, of Turner Classic Movies. Even though he had not been very active on the station for quite a while, I will still miss him. It won't be the same without him.


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#307 mr6666

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:21 PM

-genuinely saddened to hear.

He certainly helped ingrain my love for ALL types and eras of movies, and better still, appeared to be a really sincere and caring person.  - MR6

 

B.M. posted on FB:

 

 

"A word from Ben Mankiewicz on the passing of Robert Osborne

1017159_377108825787764_8014985900795988Ben Mankiewicz

1 hr ·

There really aren't words to express the enormity of how Robert's loss is felt inside TCM. His contributions made TCM stand for something more than a TV channel. Robert's face, his voice, his charm and his curiosity forged a profound link to movie lovers, a visceral sense of connection to our history, to our parents and grandparents.

All of us at TCM are better for having known him - I know I am. His legacy is reflected in the shared love and appreciation we all have for the movies he cared about so deeply."

 

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#308 Sepiatone

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:21 PM

When I signed on just a few minutes ago, the "thumbnail" slide show of top news stories AOL has on it's welcome page had that news on there.  I came here and obviously didn't see this thread already announcing the news.  So just ignore mine.

 

And RIP Bob.  You did good, amd we'll miss you on movie nights.

 

 

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:18 PM

So sad to hear this but not surprised.  The "silence was deafening" as there has been no word from TCM in quite a while about when or if he would return.

 

I recently watched several films that I recorded when William Powell was a SOTM a few years back.  It made me smile to see and hear Robert Osborne's intros and outros.  I always loved his warmth and his fascinating insights.

 

His greatest legacy will be as the face and the heart of TCM.

 

Lydecker


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:12 PM

Before TCM I became enamored with classic movies watching a program in the NY area called Million Dollar Movie and it showed a classic film, the same one, for a whole week. So I got to see King Kong and The Boy With Green Hair several times  Then of course there was the Early Show  before news programs dominated late afternoons and the Late Show and the Late Late Show before the Carsons and Lettermens dominated. Then I came across this handsome affable fellow named Robert Osborne.  A man of my own heart who also loved old movies as I did and all commercial free.  I loved Robert Osborne and TCM all these 23 years. May he rest in peace.  Oleho hasholem.  He will be missed.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:02 PM

Aww that's too bad...  Rest In Peace my friend, and may classic movies continue to live on.

 

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

When I was a child it was my mother who introduced me to the classic film era. I learned to appreciate the master that was known as Hitchcock, the beauty and vulnerability of Monroe and the infinite cool of Mitchum. As an adult, Robert Osborne became my mentor in all things classic. Thanks to his role at TCM, I became a fan of silent film, the pre-code era and became much more knowledgeable about the studio system, the directors, producers, and cinematographers of that era. Thank you Robert Osborne for making sure that the golden lights of an era long gone are never forgotten. May the years to come prove that you are never forgotten as well.


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#313 Stevomachino

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:48 PM

Truly one of a kind. Thank you for the joy you brought into so many of our lives. You will be missed. Rest in peace Mr. Osborne.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:42 PM

This is a very sad, sad day for TCM Nation.  I am sitting in my office and read about the news of Robert Osborne's passing on the internet.  I felt my heart stop.  It suddenly became cold in my office.  I knew and loved classic films before I knew of Turner Classic Movies.  Robert Osborne taught me to respect and appreciate the history of film.  This is what I will remember him for.  Appreciating great classic films and the  people who made the films great.  Rest In Peace Robert.  We know heaven is a better place with you there.    


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#315 GordonCole

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

Very sad moment for both TCM and its viewing audience.

 

A class act and a great interviewer and a true film historian who will be missed.
 

Goodbye, Sweet Prince [as was said when John Barrymore passed]...



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:33 PM

No more conversations between Robert and Alec Baldwin. I'll miss that - and I'm sure Alec is very sad today.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

I haven't seen enough of Ben Mankewicz to say that it's the End of an Era, but Osborne was one of the Last Great Movie Hosts, back when every station had one.

The local host wasn't supposed to be a Film Expert--usually just the station voiceover--but if he could show enthusiasm in telling you that some 40's movie was smarter, more film-historic and more entertaining than it looked, it changed your viewpoint from "Silly late-night movies" to being able to tell them apart.

 

TCM's, of course, needed an expert, and Osborne was there for us.

Wonder if they're going to have to change his in-attraction appearance at Disney World, now?


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:25 PM

So sad to read of Mr Osborne's passing.  He is the reason I started watching TCM years ago.  He made me aware of films that I otherwise might not have seen.  He was a true professional and I will miss him terribly.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:22 PM

Whenever he introduced "The Best Years of Our Lives" he never failed to mention that many people(including Bette Davis) thought it was the best movie ever made. I got the feeling he may have thought so, too.

Those who know of other favorites of his should definitely post them.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 03:21 PM

I think he also loved THE BAND WAGON (1953). That's a film he seemed to champion, because he felt it was unfairly in the shadows of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

Whenever he introduced "The Best Years of Our Lives" he never failed to mention that many people(including Bette Davis) thought it was the best movie ever made. I got the feeling he may have thought so, too.

 

I think he also loved THE BAND WAGON (1953). That's a film he seemed to champion, because he felt it was unfairly in the shadows of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.


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