Photo of Roger Ebert Roger Ebert

The first person to win the Pulitzer Prize for film criticism, Roger Ebert was born June 18, 1942, in Urbana. Ill., where he developed an early love for cinema and writing. He parlayed his passion into a career as a critic at the Chicago Sun Times beginning in 1967.

In 1975, Ebert teamed with rival newspaper critic Gene Siskel to co-host a local film-review show that public television picked up for national distribution three years later -- and the dueling twosome turned into a cultural fixture in America. When the program went into commercial syndication in 1982 and was renamed "At the Movies," the duo began using the "thumbs up, thumbs down" rating system that became their trademark.

After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert continued the show with new co-hosts until falling ill in 2002. A series of surgeries to remove malignant tumors left him left him unable to speak, but he carried on his incisive reviews in print until losing his battle with cancer April 4, 2013.

Roger Ebert in The Critic: The Complete Series

The Critic: The Complete Series

1994 TV-PG

This irreverent animated comedy from producer James L. Brooks takes viewers into the world of acerbic New York film critic Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz). Pudgy and balding, Sherman is the host of Channel 67's "Coming Attractions," most of which fall far short of his very high standards. The curmudgeonly critic is constantly trying to balance his distaste for popular films with his desire for success and approval.

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