“Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?”
“Film theory has nothing to do with film.”
“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”
Roger Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013 — born Roger Joseph Ebert in Urbana, Illinois) was one of the most famous American film critics, screenwriters and journalists. He began writing in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times. His review of Night of the Living Dead was published in Reader’s Digest, taking his career to newfound levels of fame. He began reviewing films for a living and actually own the phrase, “two thumbs up” with Marlene Iglitzen Siskel.
Roger had many health problems over the years. In 2002, he was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, and underwent various surgies over the years. He also fractured his hip twice, leaving him hospitalized. He passed away after the recurrence of his cancer on April 4, 2013 at the age of 70.
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Roger Ebert was known for his movie critiques and for trademarking the phrase, “Two Thumbs Up“.
Roger married Charlie “Chaz” Hammel-Smith, a trial attorney who is now the vice president of Ebert Company.