TCM host Robert Osborne dead at 84

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has died at the age of 84.

Fox News Channel correspondent Claudia Cowan announced Osborne's passing Monday on Twitter.

Osborne was the cable channel's primary on-air talent since the network got its start in 1994. He introduced classic films to TCM's audience, often speaking with major stars — including Carrie Fisher, Drew Barrymore, Angela Lansbury and Alec Baldwin — who co-hosted with him or were interviewed by him.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actor Robert Osborne attends the 'Widowers' Houses' opening night after party at Papert Lounge on March 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Robert Osborne attends Macy's Herald Square 2014 Christmas Window Unveiling Spectacular at Macy's Herald Square on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Actor Robert Osborne and Nancy Sinatra attend the 'Sinatra' book launch event at Saks Fifth Avenue on July 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Robert Osborne attends 73rd Annual George Foster Peabody awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on May 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Robert Osborne speaks onstage at 'The Wizard Of Oz' Screening during the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theater on April 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Robert Osborne attends Jerry Lewis' Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Actors Maureen O�Hara (L) and Robert Osborne attend a 'How Green Was My Valley' Screening during the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival at the El Capitan Theatre on April 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Ben Mankiewicz and Robert Osborne attend the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival's opening night gala and world premiere of the restoration of 'Oklahoma!' hosted at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Robert Osborne visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Robert Osborne attends the 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' screening at Paley Center For Media on February 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor Robert Osborne attends the VIP reception of The Line King: 'Al Hirschfeld At The New York Public Library' at The New York Public Library on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Robert Osborne speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Robert Osborne attends the VIP reception of The Line King: 'Al Hirschfeld At The New York Public Library' at The New York Public Library on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: TCM Host Robert Osborne, actresses Jane Fonda and Maria Shriver attend actress Jane Fonda's Handprint/Footprint Ceremony during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 23632_009_MB_0472.JPG (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: Host Robert Osborne attends the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala screening of 'Funny Girl' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on April 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: (L-R) Actress Betty York and host Robert Osborne attend the 'Funny Girl' screening during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 23632_010_MP_0189.JPG (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Host Robert Osborne attends the 'Funny Girl' screening during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 23632_007_MB_0449.JPG (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Robert Osborne attends 'Elaine Stritch At The Carlyle: Movin' Over And Out' at Cafe Carlyle on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Robert Osborne attends the 'Cabaret' 40th Anniversary New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on January 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Robert Osborne attends 'Cabaret' 40th Anniversary New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on January 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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During his long career in Hollywood, Osborne was an actor (appearing in series like The Beverly Hillbillies) before parlaying his writing ability and showbiz interests into stints with outlets like CBS Morning News and The Hollywood Reporter.

Turner Classic Movies released this statement Monday:

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