Genel Siskel Biography ((?)-)
See index for CTFT sketch: Born January 26, 1946, in Chicago, IL; diedFebruary 20, 1999, in Evanston, IL. Film critic and journalist. Siskel was best known for his weekly television program featuring movie reviews. The show, which Siskel hosted with fellow film critic Roger Ebert, helped popularizefilm criticism. After graduating from Yale University in 1967, Siskel began working as a journalist and film critic for the Chicago Tribune in 1969. In the early 1970s he began reviewing films for a local Chicago televisionstation. Soon Siskel teamed up with Ebert, who worked as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, rival to the Chicago Tribune. Their firstshow, known as Opening Soon ... at a Theater Near You, was developed for public television. It was soon renamed Sneak Previews and began appearing nationally on PBS stations in 1978. In 1982 Siskel and Ebert's program went into national syndication under the name At the Movies, anda few years later the show became known as Siskel & Ebert & the Movies, which was then shortened to Siskel & Ebert. In additionto cohosting the weekly program, Siskel continued as the Chicago Tribune's film critic and, in the 1990s, also served as film critic for TVGuide, CBS This Morning, and Chicago station WBBM-TV. A year before his death, Siskel underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES
- Almanac of Famous People, February 21, 1999 , 6th edition, Gale, 1999.
- Newsmakers 1999, Issue 3, Gale, 1999.
- Chicago Tribune, p. B5.
- New York Times, February 22, 1999 , p. B8.
- Washington Post, February 21, 1999 , p. C8.