Jun. 18th, 1942
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Roger Ebert's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2005 - Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
2000 - Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Guest TV Roles
- He drew criticism when he stated that he considered _The Passion of the Christ (2004)_ (qv) to be 'the most violent film I've ever seen'. Many misinterpreted that to mean that he felt that the violence in the film was negative and exploitive (even though he gave the film a glowing review). He stated in his Q and A column that "The effect of movie violence depends on subjective factors, including the purpose the filmmakers had in using it."
- 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.
- Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, volume 151, pages 132-135. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.
- Hobbies: walking, reading, travel, sketching, cosmology, Darwinism.
- Hollywood Radio and Television Society's Co-Man of the Year 1993 (with 'Gene Siskel' (qv)).
- Brother in the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
- Says that the first movie he ever saw was _A Day at the Races (1937)_ (qv) starring 'The Marx Brothers' (qv).
- 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).