Robert Osborne Did Have Some Health Issue But Is His Illness Back Again?
- Divorce/Split Not Yet
- Official Site robertosborne.com
- Weight N/A
- Height/ How Tall? 6 Feet 1 Inches (1.85 Meters)
- Education University of Washington(1954), Academy of Art University(2005)
- Career 1954-2015
- Awards ADG William Cameron Menzies Award
- Net Worth Not Disclosed
- Gay No
- Girlfriend Not Known
- Date of Birth 1932-05-03 (Died:- 2017-03-06)
- Relationship Status Single
- Children/Kids Not Yet
- Mother Hazel Ida Jolin
- Father Robert Eugene Osborne
- Ethnicity/Race White
- Zodiac Sign Taurus
- Birth Name Robert Jolin Osborne
- Profession Actor
- Nationality American
Death is inevitable, yet there is always misery when a good soul passes away. The great Robert Osborne had an “old is gold” classic persona that most would only hope to have as a legacy. Robert Osborne was famous for his multiple shows and host in many films that landed him an Academy Award.
The legends are legends for a reason and it's a certain thing that Robert is one of them. Osborne lived a happening life with no regrets till the time came that he bid his farewell to the world.
Strong as a lion even till his later days, Robert battled through several illnesses throughout the later phases of his life. His illness had thus cost him some time from his career.
Health Struggles: Battle With illness
The well-respected writer started off an actor, and finally host Robert Osborne had a constant battle with several illnesses throughout the later phases of his life. However, it can safely be said that he wrestled his way to stand bold and vigorous for his beloved fans till his last breath.
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The news about his sickness was first heard during March of 2016 missing the Cameron Menzies Lifetime Achievement Award suffering from the severe flu. His failed battle of recovery started ever since.
It was back in 2011 when he took a leave of absence due to, as he said, “Minor surgery” without specifying the exact cause of the problem. During which time he had to take a vacation from his TCM family.
The Great Robert Osborne smiles handsomely while he poses for the camera at the 13th Anne Frank Awards Gala. (Photo: gettyimage.com)
The classic man had a love for movies without a doubt. Coming on personal life, his habit of smoking had always been a downfall for Robert as he has openly accepted his smoking practice with business partners and some of the biggest stars such as Bette Davis as he stated during an interview on CBS News:
"Did you ever smoke a cigarette with Bette Davis?"
And Robert replied:
"Oh yes, many,"
During a Hollywood event.in which Robert missed twice, he was first absent due to issues regarding his health, and he had written a statement to his TCM family’s website:
“One of the things I look forward to most is TCM's annual Classic Film Festival. Those four days each spring are always high points of the year for me, so I'm disappointed I won't be able to join you at this year’s Festival. As that old saying goes, "Life is what's happening while you’re making other plans." A health issue has come up which requires attention, so I'll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time. I know you’re in good hands with all of our Festival hosts, including Ben Mankiewicz, who will offer you the best Festival-going experience. I’ve seen what’s been planned and it’s going to be great, as is the programming scheduled on TCM in the coming months, which I’ll be watching right along with you. Meanwhile, I look forward to joining you again soon.”
With no wife or children behind him, Robert had the entire support of the world during his health struggles.
No More Sick: Saddening End To a Wonderful Life
On 6 March 2017, the world broke down to tears following the death of Robert. Rover, a marquee host of TCM was 84 years old when he drew his last breath.
His longtime friend and partner, David Staller confirmed the saddening event. Further, TCM's general manager Jennifer Dorian issued an official statement.
"All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM. Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host."
The legacy left behind by Robert has since been treasured by TCM as it has since then started to present an award in memory of Robert, honoring an individual who has significantly contributed to preserving the cultural heritage of classic films.