Roger Ebert Dies; Film Critic Succumbs to Cancer at 70

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Roger Ebert, a movie critic whose sharp wit and depth of knowledge delighted millions of readers and viewers, has died of cancer at the age of 70.

Ebert, who reviewed films for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, was America’s most prominent and influential critic.

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He had been in poor health for years, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland. He lost part of his lower jaw in 2006, and with it the ability to speak or eat.

That calamity that would have driven other men from the public eye, but Ebert refused to hide, instead forging what became a new chapter in his career.

His chronicle of his devastating illness won him a new generation of admirers, and his positive attitude never waned or became tinged with bitterness.

Always tech-savvy - he was an early investor in Google - Ebert let the Internet be his voice, and his website, rogerebert (dot) com, had millions of fans.

His Twitter feeds had 827,000 followers, a remarkable achievement for a man whose peer group, on the whole, doesn't even use the social network.

Even more remarkable? Ebert was both widely popular and professionally respected. He had a Pulitzer Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He was the first critic to achieve either, and the same year Ebert won the Pulitzer, 1975, he also launched his television program with Gene Siskel.

As a tandem, Siskel and Ebert reviewed as many as 285 films a year and their program became nearly as influential as the movies themselves.

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I pray to God for his family and friends. May God bless and have mercy on his soul.

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WHAT THEY'RE NOT TELLING YOU IS HE GOT CANCER FROM A BLACK WIFE . INTERSPECIAL BREEDING IS AGANIST THE LAWS OF NATURE . THE FOREIGN CHEMICAL NATURE OF THE NEGRO CONCUBINE OF THE SAD LUMP ENTERED HIS MOUTH WHERE HIS CANCER BEGAN , LEAVING IM WITH NO MOUTH , NO JAW OR TONGUE .... AND SPEECHLESS, SO TO SPEAK ... IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU MISCEGENITES !!!!

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@ JOY

Joy...you are a fucking disgrace to your name as well as to all of humanity. For all we know, you're probably a result from both your parents being brother and sister in fact, I'm certain of it. Too bad Mr. Ebert was given cancer whereas desensitized inbred jackasses like you are still allowed to roam the earth. God really does have a pretty fucked up sense of humor!

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@ JOY

You are so right , Joy.... A boy in our school had a Jewess girl friend , and his penis fell off with crotch cancer...

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damn......................she saw it right.
thanks.