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(1942 - 2013)
An Illinois native who, as a child, published a newspaper in his basement, Roger Ebert began reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 at the age of twenty-four. Eight years later, in 1975, he became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, and he began a television career with Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune. Though Siskel called Ebert “the most hated guy in my life,” the two men cohosted a show for twenty-four years.