Movie lovers nationwide were saddened Thursday (April 4) when news broke that legendary critic Roger Ebert had passed away at the age of 70 — just a day after announcing he was scaling back on work because his cancer had returned.
A few highlights for Ebert fans include a round-up of Ebert’s best tweets, the movies Ebert most disliked, some outtakes of him and fellow critic Gene Siskel from the 1980s and a first-person account of interacting with Ebert as an aspiring writer.
There was also a twitpic posted by NPR’s Melissa Block of Ebert’s license plate, which film buffs will instantly love and get a chuckle about (below).
President Obama released a statement:
Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert.
For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was
the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he
was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us
somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was
as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and
perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger,
and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert
In addition, actors, writers, comedians and journalists were quick to tweet their
thoughts about the death of such an iconic entertainment figure.
“Goodbye Roger Ebert, we had fun. The balcony is closed.” — Steve Martin
“Roger Ebert. Millions of thumbs up for you. RIP.” — Michael Moore
“Roger, I hope you’re in an infinite movie palace, watching every film the great directors only dreamed of making. RIP, @ebertchicago … By the way, Death’s about to get a SUPER s***ty review. RIP, @ebertchicago” — Patton Oswalt
“Ebert is the standard to which we aspire. He was the best. Unbearably sad that he has passed. Rest in peace.” — Mo Ryan
“I started watching/reading @EbertChicago in 1984. He was a good man & a fierce advocate for great film. #RIPEbert” — Rainn Wilson
“RIP Roger Ebert. All my prayers to Chaz -his beautiful and stoic wife:( ” — Holly Robinson Peete
“Such a lovely man & spirit. He will be greatly missed!” — Morgan Fairchild
“Terribly sad to hear about Roger Ebert – his writing was more powerful than any blockbuster, more erudite than any art house short.” — British GQ
“Ever a class act, @EbertChicago made me love movies even more.” — Seth Green
“Dear Roger- you were a true friend to my me and my family. Thank you. Your voice will never be silenced. #rogerebert” — Virginia Madsen
“RIP Roger Ebert. A wonderful man, always more than kind to me. He wrote intelligent, informed criticism without being petty or cynical.” — Lou Diamond Phillips
“Roger Ebert was an excellent writer, a gifted artist, and as nice a guy as you’ll ever meet. Sad he’s gone.” — Jimmy Kimmel
“R.I.P. Roger Ebert. It was a privilege to interact with you. Thank you for the support, the criticism, and the true love for the movies.” — Diablo Cody
“Sad to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert, he was a grand man & in my opinion the dean of American film critics-he will be sorely missed” — Larry King
“R.I.P. Roger Ebert. One of the greats in his field. I’m very sad.” — Albert Brooks
“Wow, I knew @ebertchicago was battling cancer again, but I didn’t realize he was that sick. RIP, Roger. You’re one of the greats.” — Joel Keller
“Shocked and truly, deeply saddened at the loss of the great Roger Ebert. A legend. His voice will be missed.” — Anna Kendrick
“The entertainment world has lost a true fan and benefactor today. RIP, Roger Ebert.” — Daniel Dae Kim
“@ebertchicago two thumbs. up.” — Kurt Sutter
“RIP @ebertchicago Funny, thoughtful, opinionated, brilliant. An inspiration to anyone who ever wanted to write from a certain point of view.” — Joe Posnanski
“I used to make my decision on seeing a movie based purely on the direction of Roger Ebert’s thumb. #RIPEbert” — James Duthie, the Sporting News
“Finest person i’ve met in this industry. R.I.P. Roger Ebert A film critic with the soul of a poet.” — Annabella Sciorra
“we lost a thoughtful writer, i remember my first review from him, pi (i got his and siskel’s thumbs) it was a career highlight. #rogerebert” — Darren Aronofsky
“A sincere RIP, Mr. Ebert, from this Chicago boy.” — Steve Levitan
“Roger Ebert will be revered for his contribution to filmmaking and to our city.” — Rahm Emanuel