Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Highest Rated: 98% Life Itself (2014)

Lowest Rated: 75% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Birthday: Jun 18, 1942

Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, USA

America's most influential and widely recognized film critic, Roger Ebert transported the movie review from the back of the newspaper into the living room, making film criticism a component of modern social intercourse for the masses. Hailing from central Illinois, he parlayed a love for film and journalism into a career as a staff critic at The Chicago Sun-Times in the late 1960s, a position he would maintain throughout his illustrious career. Adding to his growing reputation was a screenplay for the Russ Meyer exploitation classic "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (1970), a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, and a little movie review show on local Chicago television alongside competing film critic Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune. That program would soon morph into the nationally syndicated "Siskel & Ebert" (1986-1999) on which Ebert and his apparent arch-nemesis influenced cinematic tastes as they bickered and bantered, ultimately giving movies their iconic votes of "thumbs up" or "thumbs down." Although devastated by Siskel's death from a brain tumor in 1999, Ebert soldiered on with new review partners on further iterations of the show until a debilitating battle with cancer that began in 2002 eventually led to the reviewer's departure from television. Though physically impaired, Ebert continued his criticism in the paper and online with renewed vigor, proving that while the disease had robbed him of his voice, his incisive wit and intelligence remained intact. He continued his ongoing fight with cancer until his death at age 70 in April of 2013.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
98% 88% Life Itself Unknown (Character) $809.7K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 37% For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Unknown (Character) - 2007
75% 72% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Writer - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ebert Presents at the Movies Host 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Writer's Hot List Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
83% 90% The Critic Unknown (Guest Voice) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1992 1987

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