Today Would Have Been Roger Ebert's 74th Birthday
— Chaz (@ChazEbert) June 17, 2016
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert was born on this day in 1942.
Ebert, who passed away in 2013 after a 10-year battle with thyroid cancer, was well-known for his film reviews in The Chicago Sun-Times and for co-hosting the television show "At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert."
In addition to getting the first Pulitzer for a movie critic, he was also the first film commentator to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Social media users took to Twitter to send their respects and birthday wishes:
Happy birthday to Roger Ebert (1942-2013) seen here with filmmaker Russ Meyer with whom he wrote several screenplays pic.twitter.com/8D5hcnskqe
— James Hancock (@colebrax) June 18, 2016
Today would have been @ebertchicago's 74th birthday... his death is still one of the greatest losses to film criticism and the community.
— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) June 18, 2016
“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” - film critic Roger Ebert, born this day in 1942 & gone far too soon ...
— John Asher (@johnasher) June 18, 2016
— Fandor (@Fandor) June 18, 2016
Today in film history: Legendary film critic Roger Ebert is born in Urbana, Illinois in 1942.
— Moviehouse & Eatery (@Moviehouse) June 18, 2016