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General Information


Pen Name: Roger Ebert

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1942 in Urbana, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Ebert was born in Urbana and lived in Chicago most of his adult life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Roger Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic, screenwriter and journalist. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. He also hosted the annual ''Roger Ebert's Film Festival'' in Champaign.For 23 years, he co-hosted with Gene Siskel ''Siskel & Ebert at the Movies''. After Siskel's death in 1999, Richard Roeper filled the open chair and the program was retitled ''Ebert & Roeper at the Movies'' in 2000. Roger's movie reviews were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He wrote more than 15 books, including his annual movie yearbook. In 1975, Roger became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His television programs were also widely syndicated, and were nominated for Emmy awards. In February 1995, a section of Chicago's Erie Street near the CBS Studios was given the honorary name Siskel & Ebert Way. In June 2005, Roger was the first professional film critic to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism

-- *Carl Sandburg Literary Award, Chicago Public Library, 2011

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2016