Gene Siskel

Critic, Author
From the early 1970s until his untimely death in 1999, Gene Siskel provided a unique voice among film critics. Combining his Midwestern roots with an Ivy league education, coupled with his infectious love of both ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

At the Movies 1982 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

This Morning 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An African American Salute to the Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Marlon Brando: Breaking All the Rules 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sneak Previews 1978 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS This Morning 1987 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Interviews 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1994 Clio Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Critic 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Voice

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Gets MADD 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ten Best Films of 1992 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Worst Films of 1992 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 Summer Olympic Games 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

From the early 1970s until his untimely death in 1999, Gene Siskel provided a unique voice among film critics. Combining his Midwestern roots with an Ivy league education, coupled with his infectious love of both mainstream American movies such as "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) as well as obscure foreign films such as "My Dinner With Andre" (1981), he helped usher in an era of pop culture criticism. Paired throughout most of his career with fellow Chicagoan critic Roger Ebert, their weekly television reviews shows made popular their infamous "thumbs up/thumbs down" style for more than a generation of filmgoers.

Relationships

Callie Gray Siskel

Daughter

Kate Adi Siskel

Daughter

Mae Gray

Aunt
raised Siskel and his siblings after parents' death

Marlene Siskel

Wife
married in 1980

Nathan Siskel

Father
died c. 1955

Ida Siskel

Mother
died c. 1955

Will Siskel

Son
born on March 1, 1995

William Siskel

Brother
older

Arlene Siskel

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Culver Military Academy

Culver, Indiana

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut 1967
freshman roommate was TV personality Tim Weigel

Milestones

1998

Underwent brain surgery (May 11)

1996

Became contributor to TV GUIDE

1978

Co-hosted "Sneak Previews" with Roger Ebert on PBS

1974

Began working as film critic for WBBM-TV, Chicago

1968

Joined CHICAGO TRIBUNE as film critic (January 20)

Co-hosted syndicated "At the Movies" with Roger Ebert

Film critic for CBS, appears regularly on "CBS This Morning"

Named syndicated film columninst for Tribune Media Services

Raised in Glencoe, Illinois by aunt and uncle after parents' deaths

On orders from doctors, curtailed his schedule by withdrawing from "Siskel and Ebert at the Movies" for the duration of the 1998-1999 season; died shortly thereafter

Co-host, "Siskel and Ebert at the Movies" (syndicated)

Bonus Trivia

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He was also a longtime fan of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

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Siskel was a big fan of the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever". In the 1980s, he purchased the white disco suit and black shirt worn by John Travolta in the film. In 1995, he sold it at auction for $145,000.

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