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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Roeper  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: October 17, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Roeper was born in Chicago and graduated from Illinois State University. He currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Poeper is a columnist and film critic. He was a freelance writer from 1982- 87 and has been a syndicated columnist for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' since 1987. He was a commentator for seven years for ''Fox Thing in the Morning'' and WFLD-TV, Chicago. He has been the cohost and a film critic for the ''Ebert & Roeper Show''. He has also served as radio talk-show host on WLS-FM and WLUP-FM and panelist on National Public Radio's ''Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!''He has also been a contributor to periodicals including: USA Today, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire.

Published Works

  • He Rents, She Rents, The Ultimate Guide to the Best Women`s Films and Guy Movies , St. Martin`s Griffen, 1999
  • Urban Legends, The Truth Behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True, New Page Books, 2001
  • Hollywood Urban Legends, The Truth Behind All Those Delightfully Persistent Myths of Films, Television, and Music , New Page Books, 2001
  • Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed, and Other Surprising Movie Lists, Hyperion Press, 2003
  • Schlock Value: Hollywood at Its Worst, Hyperion, 2004
  • Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz, Chicago Review Press, 2006
  • Debunked!: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Evil Plots of the 21st Century, Chicago Review Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

He rents, she rents :
ISBN: 0312198973. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Griffin,. New York :. 1999.

Urban legends :
ISBN: 1564144992. OCLC Number:

New Page Books,. Franklin Lakes, NJ :. ©2001.

Offers the truth about a variety of urban legends that have been circulated on the Internet, by the media, and around offices.

Hollywood urban legends :
ISBN: 1564146472. OCLC Number:

New Page Books,. Franklin Lakes, NJ :. ©2002.

Schlock value :
ISBN: 1401308228. OCLC Number:

Hyperion ;. New York :. 2006.

Sox and the city :
ISBN: 1556526792. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago :. ©2006.

Presents the history of the Chicago White Sox from 1967 through their 2005 World Series win, and includes anecdotes and trivia about the team and its fans.

Debunked! :
ISBN: 1556527071. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2008.

A breezy but fact-filled dissection of more than two dozen of the most popular urban legends and conspiracy theories of the 21st century.


Outstanding Columnist, Illinois Press Association, 1992 National Headliner award for top columnist, Atlantic City Press Club, 1992 Emmy award, 1994

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