Robert osborne rip (film, Hollywood, history, Fox)
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He was one of the best things that ever happened to great old movies --knowledgeable, insightful, and a real gentleman, in the best sense of that word. I knew he'd been sick, but still sorry to lose him. As should be everyone else who loves the movies.
I was so shocked when it was announced as the 8 PM movie came on. He was always so personable and so knowledgeable about Hollywood and movie history. I also didn't realize he was 84; I really didn't think he looked that old at all. As a huge TCM fan, I will miss him a lot.
He really knew his Hollywood because of his career as a Hollywood reporter, and his enthusiasm for the classic movies was contagious. Did you know he was a good-looking bit actor, back in the day? In a sort of Robert Wagner-way. We're going to miss him. As a matter of fact, I think they should make a TV movie about his life, starring Robert Wagner...
He was very good. I enjoyed him. Sad to see him go.
BUT, other hosts are good, as well. I didn't like Ben Mankiewicz early on, but he has grown...and grown on me. I used to like Bob Dorian over at AMC, as well as George Clooney's father.
Hosts can make it feel comfortable. Robert Osborne did that and did that well. But, in a 90 -120 minute movie, a couple of minutes at the beginning and end, mostly of information you can find right on Wikipedia or IMDB, isn't what attracts me to TCM. It's the movies. And I think Osborne would have said the same thing. In fact, where he really made a difference was in his interviews with movie stars from the past; there he really shined and was able to make all of them feel at ease and willing to share their stories.
Rest in peace, Mr. Osborne. You did your job well.
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