Roger Ebert

  • Birth Name: Roger Joseph Ebert
  • Birth Place: Urbana, Illinois, United States
  • Died: April 4, 2013
  • Profession: Film critic, Author, Screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Was co-editor of his high-school newspaper.
  • Joined the Chicago Sun-Times as a reporter in 1966 and started writing film reviews for the paper a year later.
  • Teamed with Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel in 1975 for the weekly review program Sneak Previews, which aired on PBS for more than two decades.
  • Became, in 1975, the first recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism.
  • Wrote the screenplay for Russ Meyer's cult-classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls; used pseudonyms for writing Meyer's Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens and Up!
  • Founded the annual event Ebertfest, originally titled Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, in 1999.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
  • Had his right thumb trademarked.
  • Authored more than 20 books.
  • Continued to write film reviews after having survived thyroid and salivary-gland cancers and having part of his jaw bone removed; employs text-to-speech software that allows him to converse.

Awards

  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sonia Hammelsmith — Stepdaughter
  • Annabel Ebert — Mother
  • Chaz Hammelsmith — Wife
  • Walter H. Ebert — Father

College

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States (BS, 1964); attended University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; attended University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
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