Jun. 18th, 1942
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Roger Ebert's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2005 - Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
2000 - Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Guest TV Roles
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- Considers the film _Day of the Woman (1978)_ (qv) (aka "I Spit On Your Grave") to be the worst movie he has ever seen.
- Believes the Academy's biggest mistake was giving _Gladiator (2000)_ (qv) the award for 'Best Picture' of the year in 2000.
- 1 July 2006 - Had surgery to repair a burst blood vessel near his salivary gland, near where he had his previous cancer operation.
- At the end of the nineties, he and 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) made a list of the top ten films of the decade. Roger's were: 1. _Hoop Dreams (1994)_ (qv) 2. _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv) 3. _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv) 4. _Fargo (1996)_ (qv) 5. Three Colors: Red, White and Blue 6. _Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv) 7. _Breaking the Waves (1996)_ (qv) 8. _Leaving Las Vegas (1995)_ (qv) 9. _Malcolm X (1992)_ (qv) 10. _JFK (1991)_ (qv).
- He drew criticism when he stated that he considered _The Passion of the Christ (2004)_ (qv) to be 'the most violent film I've ever seen'. Many misinterpreted that to mean that he felt that the violence in the film was negative and exploitive (even though he gave the film a glowing review). He stated in his Q and A column that "The effect of movie violence depends on subjective factors, including the purpose the filmmakers had in using it."
- His 4th annual EbertFest of Overlooked Films held at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois, drew almost 20,000 people over 5 days in March 2002.
- Despite undergoing debilitating cancer treatment and radiation in 2004, Ebert continued his award-winning movie reviews, writing an incredible 274 reviews that year, plus 26 essays on great movies and 26 versions of his column "The Movie Answer Man." He also covered various film festivals (including Cannes) and the Oscars.
- He had his right thumb trademarked.