The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert was best known for his long-time partnership with late critic Gene Siskel on their long-running TV show. He penned several books on cinema, including popular video guides. He also wrote a few screenplays for Russ Meyer, including the cult favorite Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- 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.