Roger Ebert Biography
(Film Critic for the "Chicago Sun-Times")
Birthday: June 18, 1942 (Gemini)
Born In: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Roger Joseph Ebert was a famous American film critic, who gained popularity with his film reviews in the Chicago Sun-Times, a newspaper he worked for since 1967 until his death. His flair for writing and love for movies was quite evident from his writings and many writers considered him, from the beginning of his career, as one of the best American film critics in the world. His fame and creative style took him to the television and he started co-hosting PBS’s ‘Sneak Previews’ with Gene Siskel. Both the film critics used to complement each other on the television and brought humor and creative panache to the show. The duo is still known for creating and trade-marking the phrase "Two Thumbs Up”. With the success of their partnership and televised film criticism in general, ‘Sneak Previews’ was followed by variously titled ‘At The Movies’ shows and after Siskel’s death, Richard Roeper became Ebert’s critic partner on the television. Apart from film criticism, Ebert is also known for co-writing screenplays. He is the first film critic ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, which is otherwise an award strictly reserved for creative writing. He was also the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.