Robert Osborne’s death
Robert Osborne was a popular American actor, film historian, TV presenter, and author. He had founded the cable channel ‘Turner Classic Movies’ or TCM and was its host. His warmth, sophistication, and caring nature touched people and they considered him as a guardian of their treasured works.
Robert Osborne’s health had been suffering for the last few years. He had multiple illnesses including old age. In 2011, he had taken three months off from the channel on medical grounds. When he returned, he would stick to lighter duties. He was seen little on air since the last two years and was also absent from the last two annual TCM Film Festival (2015 and 2016).
Talking about the festival just before its inauguration, Robert Osborne had said:
“There’s nothing quite like seeing these movies on the big screen. … We love the fact that people love TCM, and we love to bring you movies on TCM, but we also love this other experience to be felt by people.”
Robert Osborne died on 6 March 2017 due to natural causes in his sleep at his NY home. The news was broken by David Staller, his longtime friend to LA Times. In his obituary in NY Times, his extended family had mentioned that he was battling kidney disease for many years.
Robert Osborne’s personal life
Robert Osborne was never married. He had no children or wife. He had no girlfriend. He is said to have been in a 20-year relationship with David Staller who is a theater director and producer. He is a great lover of George Bernard Shaw’s works. In the LA Times, it was mentioned that he has no known surviving family members.
When the LA Times reached him to know as to what relation they should write for David Staller, he had said to just put it as close friend.
The obituary seemed to be similar to what used to be when gay people die. Hence it is widely thought that Robert Osborne was gay in his lifetime but had managed to keep his life details under wraps when he was alive.
Robert Osborne’s long drawn career
Born on 3 May 1932 to Robert Eugene and Hazel Osborne, he graduated from University of Washington in Journalism in 1954. He worked as a contract worker for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios. He first appeared on TV in 1959. He did other small roles followed by TV commercials. In 1977, he started writing a column for ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
He won awards for his writing. In 1994, he created the TCM and became its host. He also interviewed various famous personalities and directors. In 2005, Robert Osborne received an honorary doctorate from the ‘Academy of Art University’. In 2006, he also got a star at Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Robert Osborne has worked ceaselessly for more than 6 decades and contributed a ton to the Hollywood cinema especially the old classics. His work in Hollywood is valuable and appreciated.
It is not known how much exactly his net worth is since no official figures are out. But it is estimated that it may be more than $ 5 million.