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Roger Ebert was an American film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and PBS Network, journalist and screenwriter

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BirthdayJune 18, 1942
Died onApril 4, 2013
NationalityAmerican
FamousAtheists, Atheists/Agnostics, University Of Illinois, Media Personalities, TV Anchors, ESTJ
SpousesChaz Ebert (m. 1992–2013)
Universities
  • University Of Illinois
  • Urbana High School
  • St. Mary's elementary school
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Illinois
Cause of death
  • Cancer
Birth PlaceUrbana, Illinois, U.S.
GenderMale
FatherWalter H. Ebert
MotherAnnabel Stumm
Sun SignGemini
Born inUrbana, Illinois, U.S.
Died at Age70

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Who is Roger Ebert?

Roger Joseph Ebert was a famous American film critic, who gained popularity with his film reviews in the Chicago Sun-Times, a newspaper he worked for since 1967 until his death. His flair for writing and love for movies was quite evident from his writings and many writers considered him, from the beginning of his career, as one of the best American film critics in the world. His fame and creative style took him to the television and he started co-hosting PBS’s ‘Sneak Previews’ with Gene Siskel. Both the film critics used to complement each other on the television and brought humor and creative panache to the show. The duo is still known for creating and trade-marking the phrase "Two Thumbs Up”. With the success of their partnership and televised film criticism in general, ‘Sneak Previews’ was followed by variously titled ‘At The Movies’ shows and after Siskel’s death, Richard Roeper became Ebert’s critic partner on the television. Apart from film criticism, Ebert is also known for co-writing screenplays. He is the first film critic ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, which is otherwise an award strictly reserved for creative writing. He was also the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Childhood & Early Life

Roger Ebert was born in Urbana, Illinois to Annabel and Walter Elbert. His father worked as an electrician. He grew up in a middle-class environment, but his father was ambitious for him to have a better future.

He attended the Urbana High School and became the editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper. His interest in journalism ignited while he worked as a sports journalist for The News-Gazette. He also became a part of science fiction fandom.

With his extra-ordinary achievements, he was allowed to take early classes at the University of Illinois while he was still at school. Soon after, he joined Daily Illini as an editor and got his first film review published in 1961.

He attended University of Cape Town on a Rotary Scholarship for a year and then returned back to do PhD at the University of Chicago. To support himself, he became a feature writer at the Sun-Times in 1966.

Career

Working as a writer alongside the PhD studies proved to be a very time consuming process for Ebert and in 1967, he left University of Chicago in the middle to pursue his dream of becoming a film critic.

Keeping his eye on the goal, Ebert joined Chicago Sun-Times as a full time film critic in 1967 and started flourishing as a writer. He published ‘Illini Century: One Hundred Years of Campus Life’.

In 1969, Reader’s Digest published his review on ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and he co-wrote the screenplay of ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’. Around the same time, he was appointed as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago.

In 1975, he began co-hosting a weekly film review TV show ‘Sneak Previews’ produced by the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW. Sometime later, Gene Siskel joined him and the duo became famous for their film reviews.

Ebert co-wrote screenplays with Russ Meyer from 1976–79. These included: ‘Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens’ which was a satirical sexploitation movie, ‘Up!’ which was a sex comedy, and ‘Who Killed Bambi?’ which was intended to star ‘Sex Pistols’—a British punk rock band—but was shelved.

In 1982, the duo launched another film critic show under the title ‘At The Movies With Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert’ and about four years later, Walt Disney purchased the program and started the ‘Siskel & Ebert & The Movies’.

Ebert, along with Siskel, made a guest appearance on an episode of the animated TV series’ The Critic’ in 1995. It was a parody of the film ‘Sleepless in Seattle’. In the following year, Ebert appeared in a documentary ‘Pitch’.

In 1999, after Siskel’s death, ‘Sneak Previews’ was retitled as ‘Roger Ebert & the Movies’. The show had rotating co-hosts while Ebert remained the consistent part of the show and in the following year Richard Roeper was made the permanent co-host.

Ebert had a cameo in the film ‘Abby Singer’, in 2003. He also founded his own film festival,’ Ebertfest’, in his home town of Champaign, Illinois, and made a regular appearance at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

In 2008, he ended his association with the Walt Disney Company because they wanted to change the show and Ebert did not agreed with it.

In 2009, Ebert featured in a documentary ‘For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism’. He discussed his experience of working with Gene Siskel and also expressed his views on the current issues of film reviewing.

Ebert received the honorary life membership of the Directors Guild of America in 2009. In the following years, his final TV series ‘Ebert Presents: At The Movies’ premiered and it featured more traditional film reviews.

Major Works

Ebert was famous for television film reviewing with Siskel in the PBS’s ‘Sneak Previews’ which started airing in 1975. From there on, discussing the movies verbally on the television became in-vogue and they co-hosted variously named ‘At The Movies’ shows.

Awards & Achievements

He was the first film critic ever to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. A pioneer in the art of film criticism, he also became the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

Ebert married at the age of 50 in 1992 to Charlie Hammelsmith. He explained why he got married at an odd age by saying that he always wanted to get married after his mother died.

Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002. Also, he underwent surgery for cancer in his salivary gland. Four years later, he had surgery to remove cancerous tissue near his right jaw and after that his carotid artery burst.

In 2007, he lost his speech and adopted a computerized voice system to communicate and went through surgeries to restore his voice and address the complications from his previous surgeries.

He died on April 4, 2013, at the age of 70, finally losing his 11-year battle with cancer.

Trivia

A few days before his death, Ebert ended his blog by posting, "So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."

In 2011, he won one of the weekly caption contests in The New Yorker after more than 100 attempts.

He was a longtime friend of the famous television personality Oprah Winfrey.

He was a recovering alcoholic and was a part of Alcoholic Anonymous. He had quit drinking in 1979.

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Roger Ebert biography timelines

  • // 18th Jun 1942
    Roger Ebert was born in Urbana, Illinois to Annabel and Walter Elbert. His father worked as an electrician. He grew up in a middle-class environment, but his father was ambitious for him to have a better future.
  • // 1961
    With his extra-ordinary achievements, he was allowed to take early classes at the University of Illinois while he was still at school. Soon after, he joined Daily Illini as an editor and got his first film review published in 1961.
  • // 1966
    He attended University of Cape Town on a Rotary Scholarship for a year and then returned back to do PhD at the University of Chicago. To support himself, he became a feature writer at the Sun-Times in 1966.
  • // 1967
    Working as a writer alongside the PhD studies proved to be a very time consuming process for Ebert and in 1967, he left University of Chicago in the middle to pursue his dream of becoming a film critic.
  • // 1967
    Keeping his eye on the goal, Ebert joined Chicago Sun-Times as a full time film critic in 1967 and started flourishing as a writer. He published ‘Illini Century: One Hundred Years of Campus Life’.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, Reader’s Digest published his review on ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and he co-wrote the screenplay of ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’. Around the same time, he was appointed as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he began co-hosting a weekly film review TV show ‘Sneak Previews’ produced by the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW. Sometime later, Gene Siskel joined him and the duo became famous for their film reviews.
  • // 1976 To 1979
    Ebert co-wrote screenplays with Russ Meyer from 1976–79. These included: ‘Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens’ which was a satirical sexploitation movie, ‘Up!’ which was a sex comedy, and ‘Who Killed Bambi?’ which was intended to star ‘Sex Pistols’—a British punk rock band—but was shelved.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, the duo launched another film critic show under the title ‘At The Movies With Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert’ and about four years later, Walt Disney purchased the program and started the ‘Siskel & Ebert & The Movies’.
  • // 1992
    Ebert married at the age of 50 in 1992 to Charlie Hammelsmith. He explained why he got married at an odd age by saying that he always wanted to get married after his mother died.
  • // 1995
    Ebert, along with Siskel, made a guest appearance on an episode of the animated TV series’ The Critic’ in 1995. It was a parody of the film ‘Sleepless in Seattle’. In the following year, Ebert appeared in a documentary ‘Pitch’.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, after Siskel’s death, ‘Sneak Previews’ was retitled as ‘Roger Ebert & the Movies’. The show had rotating co-hosts while Ebert remained the consistent part of the show and in the following year Richard Roeper was made the permanent co-host.
  • // 2003
    Ebert had a cameo in the film ‘Abby Singer’, in 2003. He also founded his own film festival,’ Ebertfest’, in his home town of Champaign, Illinois, and made a regular appearance at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he ended his association with the Walt Disney Company because they wanted to change the show and Ebert did not agreed with it.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, Ebert featured in a documentary ‘For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism’. He discussed his experience of working with Gene Siskel and also expressed his views on the current issues of film reviewing.
  • // 2009
    Ebert received the honorary life membership of the Directors Guild of America in 2009. In the following years, his final TV series ‘Ebert Presents: At The Movies’ premiered and it featured more traditional film reviews.
  • // 4th Apr 2013
    He died on April 4, 2013, at the age of 70, finally losing his 11-year battle with cancer.

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Roger Ebert's FAQ

  • What is Roger Ebert birthday?

    Roger Ebert was born at 1942-06-18

  • When was Roger Ebert died?

    Roger Ebert was died at 2013-04-04

  • Where was Roger Ebert died?

    Roger Ebert was died in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

  • Which age was Roger Ebert died?

    Roger Ebert was died at age 70

  • Where is Roger Ebert's birth place?

    Roger Ebert was born in Urbana, Illinois, U.S.

  • What is Roger Ebert nationalities?

    Roger Ebert's nationalities is American

  • Who is Roger Ebert spouses?

    Roger Ebert's spouses is Chaz Ebert (m. 1992–2013)

  • What was Roger Ebert universities?

    Roger Ebert studied at University Of Illinois, Urbana High School, St. Mary's elementary school, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • What was Roger Ebert notable alumnis?

    Roger Ebert's notable alumnis is University Of Illinois

  • What is Roger Ebert's cause of dead?

    Roger Ebert dead because of Cancer

  • Who is Roger Ebert's father?

    Roger Ebert's father is Walter H. Ebert

  • Who is Roger Ebert's mother?

    Roger Ebert's mother is Annabel Stumm

  • What is Roger Ebert's sun sign?

    Roger Ebert is Gemini