Ebert, Roger 1942- (R. Hyde, Reinhold Timme)

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Ebert, Roger 1942- (R. Hyde, Reinhold Timme)


Full name, Roger Joseph Ebert; born June 18, 1942, in Urbana, IL; son of Walter H. and Annabel (maiden name, Stumm) Ebert; married Chaz Hammelsmith (an attorney), July 18, 1993. Education: University of Illinois, B.S., 1964; also attended University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1965; University of Chicago, 1966-67. Avocational Interests: Drawing, painting, art collecting, walking, reading, travel, cosmology, Darwinism.


Office—c/o Chicago Sun-Times, 401 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611.


Film critic, writer, and actor. News Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, IL, staff reporter, 1958-66; Daily Illinois, editor, 1963-64; U.S. Student Press Association, president, 1963-64; Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, film critic, 1967—; Chicago City College, instructor in English, 1967-68; Chicago Film Festival, juror, 1968—; University of Chicago, lecturer in film criticism, 1969—; National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, consultant, 1972-77; Columbia College, lecturer, 1973-74, 1977-80; Art Institute of Chicago's Film Center, member of board of advisors, 1973—; University of Illinois Alumni Associate, member of board of directors, 1975-77; US Magazine, film critic, 1978-79; WMAQ-TV, Chicago, film critic, 1980-83; Ebert Company, Ltd., president, 1981—; WLS-TV, Chicago, IL, film critic, 1984—; New York Post, New York City, film critic, 1986—; CompuServe, film critic, 1991—; Microsoft Cinemania, worker, 1994-97; juror at film festivals.


American Newspaper Guild, National Society of Film Critics, Writers Guild of America (West), Arts Club of Chicago, Cliff Dwellers Club of Chicago, University of Illinois Alumni Association (member of board of directors, 1975-77), Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Delta Chi.

Awards, Honors:

Overseas Press Club Award, 1963; Chicago HeadlineClub Award, 1963; Rotary fellow, 1965; Stick o' Type Award, Chicago Newspaper Guild, 1973; Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism, 1975, for reviews and essays in Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Emmy Award, 1979; man of the year (with Gene Siskel), Hollywood Radio and Television Society, 1993; honorary L.H.D., University of Colorado, 1993; Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding informational series, 1994, 1997, both for Siskel & Ebert; Kluge fellow in film studies, University of Virginia, 1995-96; inductee, Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, 1997; Video Premiere Award, best audio commentary, DVD Exclusive Awards, 2001, for Citizen Kane; Special Achievement Award, American Society of Cinematographers, 2003; Lifetime Achievement Award, CINE Awards, 2005; star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2005.


Television Appearances; Series:

Host (with Gene Siskel), Sneak Previews (also known as Opening Soon at a Theater Near You), PBS, 1978-82.

Film critic, NBC News, NBC, 1980-83.

Host (with Siskel), At the Movies (also known as Movie Views), PBS, 1982-86.

Host (with Siskel), Siskel & Ebert (also known as Siskel & Ebert & the Movies), syndicated, 1986-99.

Host (with others), Roger Ebert & the Movies, 1999.

Host (with Richard Roeper), Ebert & Roeper and the Movies, 2000-2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Commentator, 1988 Summer Olympic Games, 1988.

Host, The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special, 1989.

Host, Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (also known as Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese), 1990.

Host, The Siskel & Ebert Special, 1990.

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners, 1990.

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan, 1991.

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake, 1991.

Narrator, Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey, 1991.

Living in America, VH1, 1991.

Host, Siskel & Ebert: Actors on Acting, 1991.

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan, 1991.

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993.

Count on Me, PBS, 1993.

Host, Hollywood Gets MADD, syndicated, 1993.

Host, Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners, syndicated, 1993.

The Ten Best Films of 1992, syndicated, 1993.

The Worst Films of 1992, syndicated, 1993.

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame, Disney Channel, 1994.

Presenter, The 1994 CLIO Awards, 1994.

Presenter, The 17th Annual CableACE Awards, 1995.

Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow!, AMC, 1996.

Host, Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners, syndicated, 1996.

Host, The Siskel & Ebert Interviews, CBS, 1996.

River Phoenix: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

An African American Salute to the Academy Awards, syndicated, 1998.

Independent's Day, Sundance Channel, 1998.

Siskel & Ebert: If We Picked the Winners, syndicated, 1998.

The 29th NAACP Image Awards, 1998.

The Wild Ride of Outlaw Bikers, 1999.

The 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2000.

Host, IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards Pre-Show, Independent Film Channel, 2000.

Host, If We Picked the Winners, syndicated, 2000.

It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures (documentary), AMC, 2001.

Host, The 16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Host, The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards Nomination Show, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2002.

(Uncredited) Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s, 2002.

Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade, Starz, 2004.

X-Rated, Channel 5, 2004.

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, Starz, 2005.

Meg Ryan: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2005.

Service About Self, 2005.

The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2005.

The 50 Greatest Documentaries, 2005.

Manufacturing Dissent, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Uncredited) Himself, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1982, 1983, 1985.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1986.

"Russ Meyer," The Incredibly Strange Film Show (also known as Son of the Incredibly Stranger Film Show), 1988.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1990, 1991, 1992.

The Howard Stern Show, 1991.

The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1993.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, multiple episodes, 1993-2005.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1994, 1995, 1997.

Voice of himself, "Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice," The Critic (animated), ABC, 1995.

The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, CBS, 1996.

The Rodman World Tour, 1996.

(Uncredited) Himself, "The Cat," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

"The Man Who Shows the Future," The Works, BBC, 1997.

"Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens—A Life in Animation," Great Performances, PBS, 2000.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2000, 2005.

Independent View, PBS, 2002.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2004.

Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNBC, 2005.

Movies That Shook the World, AMC, 2005.

The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2006.

Live with Regis & Kelly, syndicated, 2006.

CBC News: The Hour (also known as The Hour), CBC, 2006.

Howard Stern on Demand (also known as Howard TV on Demand), 2006.

Also appeared as himself, Sesame Street, PBS.

Film Appearances:

Himself, You Can't Do That! The Making of "A Hard Day's Night!" (documentary; also known as The Making of "A Hard Day's Night"), 1995.

Himself, Pitch (documentary), Jane Balfour Films, Ltd., 1997.

Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, PM Entertainment Group, 1998.

Himself, Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River (documentary), 1998.

Himself, Junket Whore, 1998.

(Uncredited) Himself, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (also known as BW2, BWP2, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Project 2), Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, 2000.

Himself, All the Love You Cannes! (documentary), Troma Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Searching for Debra Winger (documentary), 2002.

Himself, Mysteries of Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Abby Singer (also known as Abby Singer 2007), 2003.

Himself, Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (documentary; also known as Playboy Presents "Sex at 24 Frames Per Second: The Ultimate Journey Through Sex in Cinema"), Playboy Entertainment Group, 2003.

(Uncredited) Himself, Jiminy Glick in Lalaland, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2004.

Himself, No Fighting in the War Room, or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (documentary short), Columbia, 2004.

Himself, The Outsider (documentary), 2005.

Himself, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (documentary), 2005.

Himself, Dead Teenager Movie (documentary short), New Line Home Video, 2006.

Manufacturing Dissent, 2007.

The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo, Films Transit International, 2007.

Himself, Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (documentary), New Eye Films, 2008.

Radio Appearances; Series:

Movie News, ABC, 1982-85.

Also contributor to Critics at Large, WBBM, Chicago.



Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (also known as Hollywood Vixens), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970.

(As Reinhold Timme) Up! (also known as Over, Under and Up!, Russ Meyer's "Up," and Up! Smokey), 1976.

(As R. Hyde; with Russ Meyer) Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens, RM Films, 1979.

Television Specials:

The Siskel & Ebert Special, 1990.


Behind the Phantom's Mask: A Serial, Andrews and McMeel, 1993.


An Illini Century, University of Illinois Press, 1967.

Werner Herzog: Images at the Horizon, Baseline Books, 1980.

A Kiss Is Still a Kiss, Andrews and McMeel, 1984.

Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion, Andrews and McMeel, 1985-93, published as Roger Ebert's Video Companion, 1994-98, and Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook, 1998—.

(With Daniel Curley) The Perfect London Walk, Andrews and McMeel, 1986.

Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook, Andrews and McMeel, 1987.

(With Gene Siskel) The Future of the Movies: Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, Andrews and McMeel, 1991.

(Editor) Ebert's Little Movie Glossary: A Compendium of Movie Cliches, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed Formulas, Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes, Andrews and McMeel, 1994.

(With John Kratz) The Computer Insectiary: A Field Guide to Viruses, Bugs, Worms, Trojan Horses, and Other Stuff That Will Eat Your Brain, Andrews and McMeel, 1994.

Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing from a Century of Film, 1996.

Questions for the Movie Answer Man, 1997.

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook, Andrews and McMeel, 1998—.

(Editor) Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary: Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie Cliches, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed Formulas, Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes, Andrews and McMeel, 1999.

I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie, Andrews and McMeel, 2000.

The Great Movies, Broadway, 2002.

The Great Movies II, Broadway, 2005.

Awake in the Dark: Forty Years of Reviews, Essays, and Interviews, University of Chicago, 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including Esquire, Oui, Film Comment, American Film, Critic, and Rolling Stone.



Newsmakers 1998, Gale Group, 1998.


Chicago Tribune, September 6, 1979.

Entertainment Weekly, May 17, 1996, p. 48; October 8, 1999, p. 84; September 22, 2000, p. 59.

Los Angeles Times, August 31, 1982.

New York Times Book Review, December 16, 1984.

People Weekly, August 20, 1984; November 1, 1999, p. 155; May 28, 2007, p. 87.

The Progressive, August, 2003, p. 33.

Variety, October 16, 2006, p. 6; February 5, 2007, p. 7.