Today is TCM’s 17th birthday. And as a huge fan of TCM, I feel like celebrating. With all due respect to the amazing programming on TCM, it simply wouldn’t be the same without congenial host, Robert Osborne. He’s like every movie nerd’s grandfather. Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about Robert Osborne:
1. Lucille Ball was a great friend and mentor.
2. He appeared in the Beverly Hillbillies pilot
3. According to The New York Times, he writes and records 150 movie lead-ins a month for TCM.
4. He was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout while playing the role of a whistling psychopath in the play Night Must Fall
5. He was once Bette Davis’ date to the Academy Awards. (Source for #4 and 5)
6. Counts Howard Hawks as his favorite director.
7. Is known as the official biographer of “Oscar”