Robert Osborne


Robert Osborne

Biography

Robert Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor of TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES television network since TCM made it's on-air debut in April 1994. Since 1977 he has also been a writer for the daily show business trade publication THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and in 1983 he began writing the paper's lead column "Rambling Reporter," which covers all aspects of the movie, televisi...

Biography

Robert Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor of TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES television network since TCM made it's on-air debut in April 1994. Since 1977 he has also been a writer for the daily show business trade publication THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and in 1983 he began writing the paper's lead column "Rambling Reporter," which covers all aspects of the movie, television and Broadway worlds.

He is also known as the official biographer of "Oscar" because of the series of books he's written on the subject of the motion picture industry's annual Academy Awards, his latest being 75 YEARS OF THE OSCAR which was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was praised by The Weekly Observer as "A scholar's dream, a researcher's paradise, a movie buff's heaven." An update on his book, covering 80 YEARS OF THE OSCAR is scheduled to be published by Abbeyville Press in the fall of 2008.

In 2005, Osborne received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (Doctor Osborne?). On Feb. 1, 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located in front of the former Huntington Hartford theatre, now the Ricardo Montalban) on Vine Street. Since 2006 he has been the official red carpet greeter for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' at the annual Acdemy Awards ceremony at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood. Another ?distinction? came his way in April 2006: he was satirized on ?Saturday Night Live.?

Osborne was born in Colfax, Washington (population: 2700), graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism and eventually headed South to Hollywood where he was soon signed to a contract as an actor by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Desilu Studios. It was Lucy who encouraged him to seriously pursue writing ("especially after she saw me act," he says) and he considers that suggestion the best career advice he's ever been given. Lucy remained a friend and mentor to him until her death in 1989.

For TCM, in addition to hosting four primetime movies seven days per week, he also hosts special one-on-one PRIVATE SCREENING interviews with has so far included such legendary filmmakers as Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, three famous Janes (Fonda, Powell and Russell), Esther Williams, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Leslie Caron, Tony Curtis, James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Patricia Neal, directors Sidney Lumet, Stanley Donen and Norman Jewison, and the late Robert Michum, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Ann Miller, June Allyson and Betty Hutton.

During 2007-08, he is also co-hosting with Carrie Fisher the TCM series of films considered ?Essentials? to anyone wanting to see the best of the best films ever made. Osborne also cohosts TCM's ?Guest Programmer? series where guests have included a long list (among them: Mia Farrow, Bill Cosby, David Mamet, Buck Henry, Hugh Hefner, Barry Levinson) and, in November 2007, will further include Whoopi Goldberg, Gore Vidal, Tracey Ullman, Neil LeBute, Alec Baldwin, James Elroy, Graydon Carter, Renee Fleming, Harvey Fierstein, Alfred Molina, Brian Dennehy, John Sayles, Thelma Schoolmaker, Charles Busch, Charles Grodin, Matt Groening, Cybill Shepherd, Rose McGowan, Danny DeVito, Donald Trump and Martha Stewart (but not together).

Osborne has lived in New York City since 1987 and also travels extensively to Atlanta where he tapes his TCM segments, to Los Angeles and - whenever he can swing it -- to his home state of Washington where he is one of the investors in a movie house called The Rose (158 seats) in Port Townsend, Washington, which has since acquired a sister-theatre, the Rosebud (83 seats). Since 2005, he has also been hosting his own film festival ROBERT OSBORNE'S CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL which is held once a year in Athens, Georgia, the home of the University of Georgia. The festival's fourth edition will be held in April 2008.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
Self
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
Himself
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Himself
Inside the Academy Awards (1997)
Inside the Academy Awards '96 (1996)
Host
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Host

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Other

Cast (Special)

Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015)
Himself
Alan Arkin: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015)
Himself
Eva Marie Saint: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2014)
Himself
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Himself
Kim Novak: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)
Himself
Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2012)
Himself
Luise Rainer - Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2011)
Himself
Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli (2010)
Himself
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009)
Himself
Private Screenings: Angela Lansbury (2006)
Host
Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy (2003)
Himself
Welcome to Sherwood: The Story of the Adventures of Robin Hood (2003)
Himself
Intimate Portrait: Lucille Ball (2002)
George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002)
Janet Gaynor: A Star Was Born (2001)
Paul Lynde: Off Center (2001)
Private Screenings: James Garner (2001)
Andy Garcia: Latin Rhythms & America Dreams (2001)
Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet (2001)
Carole Lombard: Hollywood's Profane Angel (2001)
Interviewee
Private Screenings: Rod Steiger (2000)
Private Screenings: Betty Hutton (2000)
Patrick Swayze (2000)
Private Screenings: Leslie Caron (1999)
Private Screenings: Tony Curtis (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Donna Reed (1999)
Private Screenings: Lemon/Matthau (1998)
Host
Private Screenings: June Allyson (1998)
Private Screenings: Charlton Heston (1998)
Private Screenings: Mickey Rooney (1997)
Private Screenings: Ann Miller (1997)
Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996)
Host
Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland (1996)
Narrator
Private Screenings: Esther Williams (1996)
Guest Star
Private Screenings: Mitchum/Russell (1996)
Becoming Attractions: Lana Turner (1996)
Host
Private Screenings: Jane Powell (1995)
Debbie Reynolds (1995)
Bernstein at 70 (1989)

Writer (Special)

Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland (1996)
Writer
Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996)
Writer

Sound (Special)

The Secret World of Bats (1992)
Sound Editor

Special Thanks (Special)

Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland (1996)
Writer
Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996)
Writer

Cast (Short)

Hollywood on Hollywood (2000)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Desilu Story: The Rags to Riches Success of the Desilu Empire (2003)

Life Events

1962

Appeared in the pilot episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies" but declined to join the regular cast as he thought the show would be a failure.

Videos

Movie Clip

Promo

Robert Osborne: His Life And Work (TCM Original) 2018 Diane Baker’s original video tribute to her friend, TCM’s founding host, Robert Osborne, with friends Carole Cook, Tom Troupe and Jane Powell.
Jeff Garlin - Guest Programmer, November 2014 Join actor and comedian Jeff Garlin, TCM's Guest Programmer for November, appearing with Robert Osborne on Thursday 11/6, starting at 8pm ET.
William Friedkin - Guest Programmer, July 2014 Promo for the appearance by William Friedkin, acclaimed director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, with Robert Osborne as TCM's Guest Programmer for July, 2014, on Wednesday the 23rd starting at 8pm ET.
Simon Helberg - Guest Programmer, November 2013 Promo for Guest Programmer, The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg, appearing with Robert Osborne on Tuesday, November 12th, starting at 8pm ET.
George Pelecanos - Guest Programmer The acclaimed Washington D.C.-based crime writer and TV Producer George Pelecanos joins Robert Osborne as TCM's Guest Programmer for March, starting at 8pm ET on Monday, the 17th.
Now Playing: The Show - March 2014 The complete, March 2014 edition of TCM's Now Playing: The Show.
Now Playing: Carson On TCM - March 2014 Robert Osborne on the much-anticipated second installment of Carson On TCM, every Tuesday night at 8pm ET, from the March edition of TCM's Now Playing: The Show.
Now Playing: The Essentials - March 2014 Co-Hosts Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore on the March, 2014 titles in The Essentials, from TCM's Now Playing: The Show.
Now Playing: Mary Astor - March 2014 Robert Osborne on the March Star Of The Month on TCM, Mary Astor, from the latest edition of TCM's Now Playing: The Show.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis - Friday Night Spotlight Promo for TCM's Friday Night Spotlight for December, hosted by Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer and author Deborah Nadoolman Landis, every Friday night starting December 6th at 8pm ET.
Now Playing: Cops & Robbers - November 2013 From the November, 2013 edition of TCM's Now Playing: The Show, Robert Osborne on the premiere of A Night At The Movies: Cops And Robbers, November 26th at 8pm ET.
Now Playing: Simon Helberg - November 2013 From the November, 2013 edition of TCM's Now Playing: The Show, Ben Mankiewicz on this month's Guest Programmer, "The Big Bang Theory" star Simon Helberg, appearing with Robert Osborne on Tuesday, November 12th starting at 8pm ET.

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