Sadly, Actor Robert Osborne, who is well known for his work as a film historian as well as being the voice of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, has passed away. Osborne was also known for hosting Turner Classic Movies.
— TCM (@tcm) March 6, 2017
Jennifer Dorian, the General Manager of Turner Classic Movies, has issued the following statement:
“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.”