Roger Ebert was born on the exact same day as musician Paul McCartney.
He began as a sportswriter at the age of fifteen.
He attended the University of Chicago.
He was drafted into the Vietnam War, but he was rejected due to being overweight.
He made his feature film writing debut with Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
He was involved in a relationship with Oprah Winfrey in the 1970s.
He married his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith, on July 18, 1992.
He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997.
He helped to raise money for The Gene Siskel Theatre.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 23, 2005. It's located at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
Rob Schneider sent him a bouqet of flowers with a note reading, "Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Rob Schneider", after Ebert said his film Duece Bigalow: European Gigolo "sucked."
He is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He began working for them in 1966.
His favorite film is Citizen Kane. He has said I Spit on Your Grave is the worst movie he's ever seen.
He has been nominated for an Emmy Award 7 times.
He has released the following books:
-The Great Movies
-The Great Movies II
-Your Movie Sucks
-I Hated, Hates, Hated This Movie
-Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert
He has done audio commentary tracks for the following movies on DVD:
-Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
For six months, following the death of his Siskel & Ebert co-host, Gene Siskel, he kept his name in the show opening to honor him. It was changed to Roger Ebert & the Movies when the new season began the following September.
He had a feud with actor/director Vincent Gallo after giving a negative review to Gallo's unfinished film The Brown Bunny. Following this Vincent Gallo had said he placed a curse on Ebert's colon. When Gallo released the finished version of The Brown Bunny Ebert gave it an enthusiastic Thumbs Up.
Roger went to high school with David Ogden Stiers.
Roger has claimed that he has seen over 10,000 movies.
Roger has no brothers or sisters.
Roger has one step-daughter.
Roger's hobbies include sketching, cosmology, and walking.
Roger's favorite actress is Ingrid Bergman, Robert Mitchum is his favorite actor.
In 1975, Robert became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Roger is 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Erie Way in Chicago was renamed Siskel & Ebert Way in 1995.
Holds an annual festival titled Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival at the University of Illinois.
Started his movie critic review career in 1967.
Has written the screenplays for three Russ Meyer movies: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Up! and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens. He was credited as Reinhold Timme in Up! and R. Hyde in Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.
Is married to Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, a defense attorney in Chicago.
Rober Ebert: I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly. Some of the stuff that's on the Internet is just gossip or kids saying that movies suck and stuff like that but there are very good critics on the Internet.
Roger Ebert: When a movie character is really working, we become that character.
Roger Ebert: We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.
Roger Ebert: No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.
Roger Ebert: I am utterly bored by celebrity interviews. Most celebrities are devoid of interest.