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Gene Siskel

Born: 1946-01-26 - Died: 1999-02-20
Cause of Death:
Surgical complications


Death Summary: After announcing that he would be taking a leave of absence, Siskel went to have surgery to remove a brain tumor, but died from complications.

Before he began his leave, he wrote, "I'm in a hurry to get well because I don't want Roger to get more screen time than I."

Ebert when on to replace him with Roeper as his movie-critic sidekick.

Who was Gene Siskel : Eugene "Gene" Kal Siskel was a movie critic famous as half of the duo Siskel and Ebert. They began their career together on a Chicago PBS station and went through various incarnations of their show on various networks.

He and Roger Ebert are famous for the thumbs up/down movie scoring system.
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5 Signatures in Gene Siskel's guestbook

  1. Ryon Says:

    Siskel rocks, Ebert is a cow!

  2. Lisa Weiner Says:

    To Gene Siskel,
    I thought you were a great critic. I give you two thumbs up Mr. Siskel. Lisa Weiner

  3. Floyd Says:

    Another useless Jew making a living doing nothing.

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