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TORONTO - Elwy Yost was a dedicated and genial on-air personality who created a weekend tradition for viewers across Ontario with his TVO series "Saturday Night at the Movies," the network said Friday after learning of his death.
"Elwy's popularity as host of 'Saturday Night at the Movies' was unprecedented during his time," TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde said in a statement.
"Viewers tuned in every week to watch Elwy introduce important films of the day and interview the central people who were involved in the making of these films. His passion and enthusiasm for film was evident to his fans, many of whom still write to TVO with fond recollections of Elwy."
Yost, who died Thursday in West Vancouver at age 85, created and hosted "Saturday Night at the Movies" for 25 years before retiring in 1999.
His interviews with film stars, directors, composers and screenwriters would run between the films on the show.
"Saturday Night at the Movies" was TVO's longest-running primetime series and continues to have a loyal following today.
Yost also hosted "Magic Shadows" on TVO, worked for the CBC and penned four books, including "White Shadows," published in 2003.
After retiring from TVO, Yost moved to British Columbia.
"Those who had the great opportunity to work with Elwy at TVO always appreciated his dedication, professionalism and genial personality," said de Wilde.
"Elwy will be missed by everyone at TVO and longtime fans of 'Saturday Night at the Movies.'"
TVO says it will celebrate the life of Yost and his love of film on-air and online in the coming weeks.
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