Roger Joseph Ebert was born on June 18, 1942, is an American film critic and screenwriter. Forbes has described him as “the most powerful pundit in America”. He is best-known for his movie review column & for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert, and Siskel & Ebert & The Movies, all of which he co-hosted for a combined 23 years w/ Gene Siskel. After Siskel’s death in 1999, Ebert teamed w/ Richard Roeper for the television series Ebert & Roeper & the Movies, w/c began airing in 2000. Although his name remained in the title, Ebert did not appear on the show after mid-2006, when he suffered post-surgical complications associated to thyroid cancer which left him incapable to speak. Ebert ended his association with the show in July 2008, but in February 2009 he said that he and Roeper would continue their work on a new show.
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Ebert’s film critiques are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and worldwide by Universal Press Syndicate. He has published more than 15 books, including his annual motion picture yearbook which is predominantly a collection of his reviews of that year. In 1975, Ebert became the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. His television programs have been widely syndicated and have been nominated for Emmy awards. In February 1995, a section of Chicago’s Erie Street near the CBS Studios was renamed Siskel & Ebert Way. In June 2005, Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first professional movie critic to receive such an award. He has honorary degrees from the University of Colorado, the AFI Conservatory, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1994, he has written a Great Movies series of individual reviews of what he deems to be the most important films of all time. This list and his associated reviews have now expanded to include over 300 movies. Since 1999, he has hosted the annual Roger Ebert’s film Festival in Champaign, Illinois.
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