Chicago—Just a day after announcing he was taking a “leave of presence” to deal with further cancer treatment, film critic and writer Roger Ebert died Thursday. He was 70.
Ebert started as a film critic at the “Chicago Sun-Times” in 1967 and gained national exposure when he and Gene Siskel, from rival paper “The Chicago Tribune,” began hosting “Sneak Previews” in 1975. They hosted together until Siskel died in 1999.
He wrote nearly 20 books about movies as well as fiction and travel books. Besides writing the screenplay for “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” Ebert also wrote (un-credited) the screenplay for “RECOiL” in 1992.
In 1975 he won a Pulitzer Price for Distinguished Criticism. He was the first film critic to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Chaz.