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Robert Osborne arrives at 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP)

Robert Osborne, a film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, has died at age 84


Robert Osborne, a film historian best known for hosting the cable network channel Turner Classic Movies, has died at the age of 84.  

“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," TCM’s general manager, Jennifer Dorian, wrote in a statement.

Osborne, a Washington state native, also served as a columnist for the Hollywood Reporter and was the author of the official history of the Academy Awards, according to the Los Angeles Times.

However, he was best known for introducing and offering up information about films on TCM since the network's launch in 1994. 

“For anyone who loves movies like I do, Turner Classic Movies will be like falling into paradise,” Osborne told the Hollywood Reporter in 1994 after being named host.

After each film aired, Osborne would offer closing remarks. "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," TCM said in a release.

Osborne, who lived in New York City since the late 1980s, flew to Atlanta at least once a month to film the opening and closing segments for upcoming films, the LA Times reports. Before TCM launched, Osborne hosted films on the Movie Channel from 1986-93, according to Variety.

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