Robert Osborne, host of TCM & The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World, passes away at 84

in Disney, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

Film historian Robert Osborne, the primary host of the basic cable channel Turner Classic Movies, has passed away at the age of 84, according to a story in Variety.

Osborne is probably best known to Disney fans as the current on-screen host and narrator of The Great Movie Ride at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World, although he also appeared as an actor in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”, Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus”, and the popular 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies”. Most recently he played himself in an episode of Netflix’s comedy series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.


As an author, Osborne wrote the definitive Academy Awards history “50 Years of the Oscar”, and its numerous updates over the years. He also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


  1. anyonumus

    whos going to be the new host of tcm now huh?

    1. Roy

      Mr. Osborne had been ill for quite some time. He had stepped away from working full time on TCM. Ben Mankiewicz had taken over full time. It was a smooth transition so that the fans would not be in total shock when he left. Ben and Mr. Osborne had worked together for a long time on TCM. They would take turns introducing the films. Therefore, Ben knew exactly what to do, when the time came.

  2. Nancy

    I had a feeling something was wrong because Ben has been the only person I have seen “previewing” the movie classics I enjoy. I am SO sorry to hear of his passing … he was quite the gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

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