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Eugene Kal «Gene» Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Together with Roger Ebert he was the host of the popular film criticism program Siskel & amp; Ebert at the Movies from 1986 until his death.
He was born in Chicago and raised by his uncles after the death of his parents when he was 10. He attended one of the Culver Academies and graduated in philosophy from Yale University in 1967. There he met the winner of a Pulitzer Prize John Hersey, who helped him get a job at the Chicago Tribune in 1969. In 1975, Siskel teamed up with Roger Ebert, film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, to present a show on the local WTTW channel called Sneak. Previews His “thumbs up, thumbs down” system soon became a famous feature of his, and he was parodied in comedy shows such as In Living Color and Bizarre, comic strips such as Calvin and Hobbes and movies like Hollywood Shuffle and Godzilla. Sneak Previews was exposed to a national audience when it was transferred to the PBS in 1978. In 1986 it began to present together with Ebert Siskel & amp; Ebert at the Movies, where he was until his death in 1999.
In 1998, Siskel underwent surgery for a brain tumor. He announced on February 3, 1999 that he would take a break but that he would return in the autumn and declared that “I am in a hurry to recover because I do not want Roger to spend more time in front of the screen than I do”.
On February 20, 1999 Siskel died of complications from another surgery at the age of 53.
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