His quick wit and thumbs up, thumbs down movie reviews earned Roger Ebert fame as one of American’s most prominent film critics. His love of cinema came at an early age.
“My aunt would take me to the grownup movies. My dad took me to see the Marx brothers. I just loved movies,” Roger Ebert.
Ebert began writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun Times in the late 60’s, earning a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975.
The next year, Ebert teamed with a competitor, Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel to host a weekly movie review program: Siskel and Ebert.
When Gene Siskel died from a brain tumor in 1999, the show became Robert Ebert and the movies.
A short time later: fellow critic Richard Roeper joined Ebert and show was called Ebert and Roeper.
Ebert also embraced social media actively tweeting, never losing his voice despite battling both thyroid and salivary gland cancers and undergoing numerous surgeries in recent years.
Fellow movie critic Leonard Maltin says his friend Ebert leaves behind an indomitable legacy including that trademark two thumbs up movie rating system.
“Two thumbs up was never been applied in human history to anything. The phrase two thumbs up was not in use. So today when people say I give it a two thumbs up, they’re quoting us,” Roger Ebert.
Till then, the balcony is closed.