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 Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Original Name Eugene Kal
Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Feb 1999 (aged 53)
Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Norridge, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 4799 · View Source
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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".


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Mar 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4799
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gene Siskel (26 Jan 1946–20 Feb 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4799, citing Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .