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Gene Siskel
Original name: Eugene Kal Siskel
Birth: Jan. 26, 1946
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 1999
Evanston
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Film Critic. One half of the famous Siskel and Ebert team. One of the most recognized film critics, Siskel joined the Chicago Tribune in 1969 as the film critic, a job he held for 19 years before his column was syndicated nationally. In 1975 he joined Chicago Sun Times critic Roger Ebert for a monthly PBS program called "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You". Shortly thereafter it became know as "At the Movies" and was shown every week. In 1986, the pair were syndicated in their own show titled "Siskel & Ebert" which was a huge success for 23 years. They received every honor from being Hollywood Radio and Television's Men of the Year to being inducted into the Chicago Journalist Hall of Fame to having a street named after them - Siskel and Ebert Way - in their hometown of Chicago. In 1998 Siskel had brain surgery and for a few weeks did the "Siskel & Ebert" program from his hospital bed. In January of 1999 he announced that he was taking the year off to recover but passed away in February. He once told David Letterman that if he were trapped on a deserted island with only one film to watch, that film would be "2001: A Space Odyssey". 

Cause of death: Complications from brain surgery.
 
Burial:
Westlawn Cemetery
Norridge
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 20, 1999
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Gene Siskel
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Gene Siskel
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Gene, I was your greatest fan and found that your opinion always coincided with my view of the film. Roger Ebert's to me was the minor partner in your work. In my town it was Saturday afternoon your film review show was shown. Since films were paid for v...(Read more)
- Whitney Muse, enbeuu
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014

- Trevor Quinlan
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
ONE OF THE BEST FILM CRITICS AROUND.R OPINIONS WERE ALWAYS SPOT-ON. IF YOU SAID THE MOVIE WAS A DUD, I DID NOT GO TO SEE IT. THANKS! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.
- S.P.
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
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