Jun. 18th, 1942
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Roger Ebert's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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- Is an avid user and fan of IMDb.
- Claimed in his original review of _Rocky (1976)_ (qv) that 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv) was the "next 'Marlon Brando' (qv)".
- Shares the birthplace of Urbana, Illinois with the character Hal 9000, as specified in _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv) one of his all time favorite movies. He held a birthday party for Hal 9000 at the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1997 (Hal's birth date in the novel, not the film) celebrated with a screening of 2001 and its co-writer 'Arthur C. Clarke' (qv) in attendance via satellite.
- Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.
- Brother in the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
- Three of the five films he's chosen from 2000 to 2004 as the best of the year, have all won their lead actresses the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 'Halle Berry' (qv) in _Monster's Ball (2001)_ (qv) (his choice for the best film of 2001), 'Charlize Theron' (qv) in _Monster (2003)_ (qv) (his choice for the best film of 2003) and 'Hilary Swank' (qv) in _Million Dollar Baby (2004)_ (qv) (his choice for the best film of 2004).
- Shoulder surgery in May 2002 caused him to miss attending Cannes Film Festival for first time in 25 years. Broke left shoulder in two places after slipping on wet floor.
- His 4th annual EbertFest of Overlooked Films held at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois, drew almost 20,000 people over 5 days in March 2002.