Summary: film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967 who had the most-watched thumb in Hollywood and became the first Pulitzer Prize-winning critic who rendered decisions that influenced a nation of moviegoers and could sometimes make or break a film with a twist of his wrist, but who teamed up on TV with rival Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel (d. 1999) in the 1970's to create a format for criticism that proved appealing for its simplicity, and who had also lost portions of his jaw and the ability to eat, drink, and speak after cancer surgeries in 2006, but he went back to writing full-time and eventually even returned to TV.
Cause of Death: Complication from cancer
Born: June 18, 1942
Died: April 4, 2013
Location: Chicago, Illinois