Roger Ebert -- one of the most famous movie critics of all time -- died today after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid and salivary cancer in 2002.… READ MORE >
Roger Joseph Ebert ( /ˈiːbərt/; born June 18, 1942) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Ebert is known for his film review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online) and for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, all of which he co-hosted for a combined 23 years with Gene Siskel. After Siskel's death in 1999, Ebert teamed with Richard Roeper for the television series Ebert & Roeper & the Movies, which 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 related to thyroid cancer which left him unable to speak. Ebert ended his association with the show in July 2008, but in February 2009 he stated that he and Roeper would continue their work on a new show.