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The most famous movie critic this nation has ever known died today at age 70. Roger Ebert finally succumbed to the cancer he battled for the last decade. His advocacy for quality cinema was his brand; in a career that spanned over 46 years in print and 31 years on television, Roger Ebert became a trusted household name. He never shied away from expressing his views; his dedication to cinema was so absolute, even when stricken with grave illness he persisted in his writing. He will be missed by his many fans.
Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago. He had been in poor health over the past decade, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.
Ebert reviewed as many as 285 movies a year, after he grew ill scheduling his cancer surgeries around the release of important pictures.
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Ebert was both widely popular and professionally respected. He not only won a Pulitzer Prize — the first film critic to do so -- but his name was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, among the movie stars he wrote about so well for so long. His reviews were syndicated in hundreds of newspapers worldwide.