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Former TV host Elwy Yost dies at 86

Former television host Elwy Yost has died of natural causes at the age of 86.

The face of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies for 25 years, Yost was known for his love of cinema and his interviews with everyone from film stars to cameramen.

After a gig at the CBC, he joined TVO where he hosted a show that serialized classic movies and packaged a trio of Ingmar Bergman films that led to creation of Saturday Night at the Movies and his most famous role.

“Those who had the great opportunity to work with Elwy at TVO always appreciated his dedication, professionalism and genial personality,” TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde said in a statement Friday.

“Elwy will be missed by everyone at TVO and longtime fans of Saturday Night at the Movies.”

In 1989, he moved from Toronto to British Columbia, where he continued to work until his retirement a decade later. It was at his Vancouver home that he died on Thursday.

He leaves behind his wife Lila, his sons Graham and Christopher, two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.