Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has died, the newspaper is reporting. He was 70.
He reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, the paper reports.
He was the most prominent film critic in the nation and probably the world; he influenced a generation of film critics, including many of us at The Oklahoman.
Tuesday, he reported he had suffered a recurrence of cancer and would be taking a step back from some of his film criticism duties. The essay he wrote marked his 46th anniversary of becoming the Sun-Times film critic.
Roger Ebert wrote the following in his 2011 biography, “Life Itself.”
“I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
With both a Pulitzer Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his place in the history of film criticism is more than secure. Those who continue to review movies will long be following the example he set.
- Matt Price