Roger Ebert

Critic, Author, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1942 in Urbana, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

At the Movies 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1994 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Critic 1994 - 1995, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

If We Picked the Winners 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Independent's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

River Phoenix: The E! True Hollywood Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sneak Previews 1978 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 1994 Clio Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

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

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

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

Actor

Living in America 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
Writer (4)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

(from memoir: "Life Itself") (Source Material)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Sonia

Step-Daughter

Walter Ebert

Father

Chaz Ebert Actor

Wife
Together since c. 1989 Married July 18, 1992 around Ebert's 50th birthday

Annabel Stumm

Mother

Oprah Winfrey Actor

Companion
Briefly dated; Winfrey credited Ebert with advising her to take her show into syndication

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois 1964
was editor of the DAILY ILLINI

Milestones

2011

Published Life Itself: A Memoir

2010

Made executive producing debut with syndicated program "Ebert Presents: At the Movies"; also hosted

2005

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2000

Joined by fellow Chicago-based critic Richard Roeper as co-host of "Ebert & Roeper at the Movies" (Syndicated)

1999

After Gene Siskel's untimely death, series renamed "Roger Ebert & the Movies"

1986

Began co-hosting popular film review show "Siskel & Ebert" (Syndicated)

1982

Co-hosted "At the Movies" with Gene Siskel (Syndicated)

1981

Founded Ebert Company, Ltd.; also served as president

1979

Used pseudonym R. Hyde for co-writing credit in Russ Meyer's "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens"

1975

Became first ever film critic to win Pulitzer Prize

1975

Co-hosted "Sneak Previews" (PBS) with Gene Siskel

1969

Film writing debut (also co-story), Russ Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"

1968

Lectured in film criticism at University of Chicago

1967

Began serving as critic and contributor for Chicago Sun-Times

1958

Worked as reporter for News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, a cancerous growth in his salivary glands in 2003, and had his lower jaw removed in 2006 as a result of his struggles with the disease.

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"I go out of my way to see subtitled films, documentaries and independent films. I'm the only critic who virtually reviews almost everything he can." – Ebert to CNN, May 20, 2004

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Ebert announced on April 2, 2013 that he was taking a "leave of presence" from his job at the Chicago Sun-Times due to a recurrence of cancer, which was discovered during an examination for a hip fracture in December 2012.

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