A couple of weeks ago, Roger Ebert took to his Twitter account to remind fans of the 11th anniversary of the death of his close friend Gene Siskel, Ebert’s other half on “At the Movies” and “Sneak Previews,” television’s earliest movie criticism shows.
Although many film-review television shows have come and gone, Siskel and Ebert remain forever iconic with their “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” reviews.
Since Siskel’s passing in 1999, Ebert has battled his own health issues. It has been nearly four years since he endured many cancer surgeries and the loss of his lower jaw and his ability to speak.
Although he can’t currently speak, Ebert is not silent.
He continues to write inspired movie reviews. He is extremely active on his own website and various social media sites. He updates his followers on new reviews, commentaries, and writes a blog.
In this month’s Esquire Magazine he opens up about his life, his passions, and his work.
Esquire’s senior writer Chris Jones provides a moving behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives of Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz. Besides getting a rare insight as to how they screen movies, there are personal moments between the couple.
Think you’re the only one has internet problems? In the article, Jones tells us how Roger spells out C-O-M-C-A-S-T to his wife on a sheet of paper to remind her that the servicemen are coming to the house that day to fix their internet service.
Now more than ever, Ebert’s passion for his work is evident. His reviews are still syndicated in more than 200 newspapers worldwide and he shows no signs of slowing down.
For someone who began their career in 1967 writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert has become a household name and recipient of many awards. He was the first professional film critic to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
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