Roger Ebert

Film Critic
Born Jun 18, 1942

Roger Joseph Ebert is an American journalist, film critic and screenwriter, who has been described by Forbes as "the most powerful pundit in America". He is the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, as well as the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roger Ebert.


1942 Birth Born on June 18, 1942.


1958 16 Years Old In 1958, he won the Illinois High School Association state speech championship in "radio speaking", an event that simulates radio newscasts. … Read More
1960 18 Years Old Ebert began taking classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an early-entrance student, completing his high-school courses while also taking his first university class. After graduating from Urbana High School in 1960, Ebert then attended and received his undergraduate degree in 1964. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old One of the first movie reviews he ever wrote was a review of La Dolce Vita, published in The Daily Illini in October 1961. … Read More


1966 24 Years Old Instead Kogan referred Ebert to the city editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim Hoge, who hired Ebert as a reporter and feature writer at the Sun-Times in 1966. … Read More
After movie critic Eleanor Keane left the Sun-Times in April 1967, editor Robert Zonka gave the job to Ebert. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old In 1969, his review of Night of the Living Dead was published in Reader's Digest.
1970 28 Years Old Ebert co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 Russ Meyer film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and sometimes joked about being responsible for the film, which was poorly received on its release which has become a cult classic. … Read More


1975 33 Years Old In 1975, Ebert began co-hosting a weekly film review television show, Sneak Previews, which was locally produced by the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW. … Read More


1982 40 Years Old In 1982, they moved from PBS to launch a similar syndicated commercial television show named At The Movies With Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert.
1986 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, they again moved the show to new ownership, creating Siskel & Ebert & The Movies through Buena Vista Television, part of the Walt Disney Company. … Read More
1988 46 Years Old He was dismissive of the popular 1988 Bruce Willis action film Die Hard ("inappropriate and wrongheaded interruptions reveal the fragile nature of the plot"), while his positive 3 out of 4 stars review of 1997's Speed 2: Cruise Control ("Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure") is one of only two positive reviews accounting for that film's 3% approval rating on the reviewer aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (the other having been written by his At The Movies co-star Gene Siskel). … Read More


1992 - 1996 4 More Events
1997 55 Years Old He also made an appearance as himself in a 1997 episode of the television series Early Edition, which took place in Chicago. … Read More
1998 56 Years Old Though not making a personal appearance, an honorary effigy of Ebert co-starred in the 1998 reimagined version of Godzilla, played by actor Michael Lerner as New York City Mayor Ebert. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old …  After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued hosting the show with various co-hosts and then, starting in 2000, with Richard Roeper. … Read More


2002 - 2006 3 More Events
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He returned to reviewing on May 18, 2007, when three of his reviews were published in print.
2008 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Ebert underwent further surgery in January 2008 to hopefully restore his voice and address the complications from his previous surgeries. … Read More
2009 67 Years Old …  When reviewing the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left, Ebert noted how he had given the controversial 1972 original three and a half stars and declined to make a comparison between the two versions: "I wrote that original "Last House" review 37 years ago. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old By 2011, Ebert was using a prosthetic chin to hide some of the damage done by his many chin, mouth, and throat surgeries.
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Ebert endorsed Barack Obama for re-election as President in 2012. … Read More
In March 2013, he wrote: "I support freedom of choice. … Read More
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