Celebrities React: Robert Osborne Dead
Celebrities are mourning the death of Robert Osborne. See Hollywood stars’ reaction tweets and tributes below.
TCM announced the passing of its longtime host on Monday. Osborne was 84. The film historian was revered in Hollywood for his unparalleled movie knowledge, which he often used to educate the viewers of Turner Classic Movies. A former columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and host of The Movie Channel, he was the author of 80 Years Of The Oscar and other Academy Awards biographies.
Osborne, who started out as an actor, had a number of celebrity on-air partners, including the late Carrie Fisher, Alec Baldwin and Drew Barrymore. He was even granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The film expert, however, battled health issues in 2015 and 2016, and diminished his work load significantly.
Now, upon hearing Osborne died, Patton Oswalt tweeted, “OH NO. A truly decent, funny & intelligent man. Loved film and made others excited about it. Was lucky to have met him.” Marlee Matlin said, “Dear #RobertOsborne host of @tcm has passed. Pure class and one of the first people in Hollywood who supported my breaking barriers. RIP.” Pat Sajak told followers, “So saddened by the death of Robert Osborne of @tcm. He helped spark my interest in classic films. He was a special man.”
“Robert Osborne was a class act, a true gentleman & his historical nuggets as TCM host made watching those great old movies even better. RIP,” Larry King wrote. Gilbert Gottfried and his podcast expressed, “We at #GGACP are saddened by the passing of Robert Osborne. Thank you for having been a guest.” Edgar Wright shared, “Very sad to hear about Robert Osborne passing. I programmed on TCM with him in 2015 & it was a treat. He couldn’t have been more charming.”
Patricia Arquette commented, “Bless him. Loved his commentary. He will be missed.” Alton Brown revealed, “I worked with Mr. Osborne just once but it’s a day I won’t ever forget….a true gentleman. @tcm.” Rosie Perez tweeted, “Oh my! What a loss. Loved #RobertOsborne for years! My condolences to his family and to his @tcm family – I know you’re hurting as well.”
Ava DuVernay wrote, “I didn’t have film school professors. I had DVD commentaries and Robert Osborne. So grateful for all that he shared.” Nancy Sinatra posted, “RobertO was a dear, dear friend. My family and I will miss him terribly. I’ll always remember his warm hugs. Godspeed, old pal. @tcm.” Mo Rocca noted, “Sharing the love became Robert Osborne’s life’s work. Off camera he was so kind & encouraging. I’m lucky I knew him.”
“Farewell to my dear friend and colleague Robert Osborne. Smart, funny, irreplaceable…,” Baldwin tweeted. And Lisa Rinna simply said, “Rest In Peace #RobertOsborne #TCM.” Gossip Cop extends condolences to all of Osborne’s friends, family, and fans.