Robert Jolin Osborne (born May 3, 1932 in Colfax, Washington) is an American actor and film historian best known as the host of the Turner Classic Movies network since its inception in 1994. As of 2006, he also co-hosts TCM's The Essentials, with Molly Haskell from 2006 to 2007, with Carrie Fisher from 2007 to 2008, and with Rose McGowan from 2008 to the present. He formerly hosted films on cable television's The Movie Channel.
Osborne graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism, and began his career working as a contract actor for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's Desilu Studios. As an actor, he appeared in small parts in such shows as The Californians and in the pilot episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. Ball suggested to Osborne that he should combine his love of film with his abilities as a journalist. Osborne, always awed by Ball, took this advice, though he has continued to appear in a number of small parts in television and film, including an appearance parodying his TCM hosting job on Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.
Interview: Robert Osborne discusses the manipulation of the best supporting actress category of the Academy Awards
Feb 10, 2003; 00-00-0000 Interview: Robert Osborne discusses the manipulation of the best supporting actress category of the Academy Awards...