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Gene Siskel net worth: Gene Siskel was an American movie critic and journalist who had a net worth of $3 million. Siskel was best known for being part of the film review couple Siskel & Ebert with Roger Ebert. Siskel graduated from Yale University and studied under Pulitzer Prize winning author John Hersey. Hersey helped Siskel get a job working at the Chicago Homage in 1969. He was employed as a movie critic for the newspaper before assembly Chicago Sun-Times movie reviewer Robert Ebert in 1975 and co-hosting a show on the neighborhood PBS station called Sneak Previews. Siskel and Ebert developed their “thumbs up, thumbs down” rating system and Sneak Previews was air nationally in 1977 on PBS. The name was altered to Siskel & Ebert & the Movies, but afterwards shifted to only Siskel & Ebert. As a couple Siskel & Ebert were nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Daytime Emmy Awards. Gene Siskel passed away on February 20, 1999 in the age of 53 from complications as a result of surgery related to a cancerous brain tumor.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 26, 1946, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death date: February 20, 1999, Evanston, Illinois, United States
Birth place: Chicago
Profession:Writer, Journalist, Film critic, Critic, Actor
Education:Yale University, University of Toronto Mississauga, Culver Academies
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Marlene Iglitzen (m. 1980–1999)
Children:Will Siskel, Callie Siskel, Kate Siskel
Parents:Nathan William Siskel, Ida Siskel
Nominations:Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program
TV shows:At the Movies, Sneak Previews
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was widely known to be a very private man.
2Being taller than his co-host, Roger Ebert.
3He and Roger Ebert had the same choices for best film of the year nine times.
4His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
5Is referenced, along with Roger Ebert, in Bloodhound Gang's song The Bad Touch.
6When he and Roger Ebert were screening Fargo (1996) in 1996, he got up from his seat in the middle and tiptoed over to Roger and whispered in his ear: "This is why I go to the movies".
7Says he has only ever walked out of three movies in his career as a film critic. The movies were The Million Dollar Duck (1971), Maniac (1980), and Black Sheep (1996).
8His favorite movie villain was the "Hal 9000" computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
9Just over a year before his death, the special edition 15th Anniversary DVD of The Thing (1982) has star Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter use his famous line in the commentary, at the end. "See you at the movies!".
10In his review for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), he said he could hardly wait for the next Star Wars movie. He died just three months before the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
11His favorite movie of all-time was Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
12Majored in Philosophy at Yale.
13While at Yale, he often dressed as Batman and paid people surprise visits. He was able to keep his identity secret for a week.
14Was a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and often covered sports and interviews for local television.
15Of the three At The Movies hosts (Siskel/Ebert/Roeper), he was the only one that wasn't employed by the Chicago Sun-Times.
16Grew up in the Chicago North Shore town of Glencoe, Illinois. Graduated from Culver Military Academy (Battery A) in 1963.
17The last review he ever wrote was for the Freddie Prinze Jr./'Rachael Leigh Cook' vehicle She's All That (1999). He gave it three stars and a positive review (Roger was against it), and the last line was about Cook's breakthrough performance: "I look forward to seeing her in her next movie".
18Was one of the few critics to give the Oscar-winning classic masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs (1991) a negative review.
19Agreed with long-time colleague Roger Ebert on the best film of 1990 (Goodfellas (1990)) and the worst films of 1980 (I Spit on Your Grave (1978)) and 1994 (North (1994)).
20Hated nothing worse than trying to watch a movie while a baby in the theatre is crying. Hates any mother who would bring an infant to a movie theatre and is willing to pay $10 to any usher who would chuck the baby out of the theatre along with its negligent mother.
21One of his proudest moments was when viewing the Chris Farley-David Spade vehicle Black Sheep (1996), he walked out right before the end for the first time in years. "It was a real high." Later on the show, Roger remarked he wished he had done the same.
22Considered the film Cannonball Run II (1984) to be the worst movie he had ever seen.
23The last five movies he reviewed on Siskel & Ebert (1986) before his death (for the week ending 23 January 1999) were At First Sight (1999), Another Day in Paradise (1998), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), Playing by Heart (1998) and The Theory of Flight (1998). He gave a thumbs up to all of them, except for Playing by Heart (1998).
24Once told David Letterman that if he were trapped on a deserted island with only one film to watch, that film would be 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
25Purchased the white disco suit from Saturday Night Fever (1977) at a charity auction.
26Interred at Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Known for his extreme dislike at films that showed children being in danger
2Always ended interviews with the question, "What do you know for sure?"
3Name always appeared before Roger Ebert's
4Distinctive style of writing


Quotes

#Quote
1There is a point when a personal opinion shades off into an error of fact. When you say The Valachi Papers (1972) is a better film than The Godfather (1972), you are wrong.
2[in 1990, on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] It's people who have a couple of movie credits, basically, they live in Orange County, and they're rich and they're white... A lot of them have not seen the films that they're voting for.
3[Mr Potter, the villain of It's a Wonderful Life (1946)] He's a cold terror.
4Oh! The pictures I've seen!
5[When asked what his favorite movie is] It's not one of my all-time favorite questions. That's why Citizen Kane (1941) is such a great answer - it ends the discussion.
6Roger [Ebert] is the only guy I know who answers 'yes' to every question he is asked at McDonald's.
7On the movie North (1994): Well, I mean, I think you got to hold Rob Reiner's feet to the fire here. I mean, he's the guy in charge. He's saying that this is entertainment. It's deplorable. I mean, there isn't a gag that works. You couldn't write worse jokes if I told you to write worse jokes. The ethnic stereotyping is appalling. It's - it's embarrassing. You feel unclean as you're sitting there. It's junk! First class junk!!
8On Blade Runner (1982): I felt that this film was a waste of time. Pretty to look at, but a waste of time!
9I'm in a hurry to get well, because I don't want Roger to get more screen time than I.
10On the 'Robin Williams' bio-vehicle Patch Adams (1998): "This is an annoying and cloying look and attack on the impersonal way doctors treat their patients. The problem is after seeing a glimse of Williams' personal treatment, we would settle for IMpersonal treatment! I would rather turn my head and cough than see any part of 'Patch Adams' again. The title of this movie should have been 'Punch Adams!'"
11On the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy (1998): "It's junk. And Adam Sandler is annoying. And that irritating phony speech impediment of his that he has throughout this movie... I'm not even going to imitate it, but... is THAT supposed to be funny?"
12On the summer comedy Meet the Deedles (1998): "Boy, was this an annoying experience. For the rest of my life, I may have a negative physical reaction whenever anyone mentions the title characters... The gags are pathetic, including the worm-eating... I did not laugh or crack a smile once. Giving this movie a negative review is not merely part of job, it's a public service. You have been warned."
13On the 1998 summer blockbuster hit BASEketball (1998): "This is one of those movies that is usually seen on the big jumbo-tron screen in a sports bar during the day - when everyone is quite drunk. Unfortunately, I was sober when I saw this movie."
14On the French comedy Little Indian, Big City (1994) ("Little Indian, Big City"): If the missing reel had been footage from Orson Welles 'The Magnificent Ambersons,' this whole experience would still have sucked. (When Gene & Roger went to see this movie, the entire third reel was missing. They saw the rest a week later.)
15On Rocky (1976): "The best movie of the year? Hardly. Stallone as the next Marlon Brando? You've gotta be kidding. A nice little fantasy picture? Maybe..."
16On Daylight (1996): As a measure of my boredom, about halfway through this picture I became distracted by a man down the aisle from from me who was eating some candy, and I tried to guess the candy he was eating by the sounds he was making. Those sounds were more interesting to me than anything going on on the screen in Daylight (1996).
17Fargo (1996) was the last great film that I saw.
18I always ask myself, 'Is the movie that I am watching as interesting as a documentary of the same actors having lunch together?'


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the ScenesCriticism

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Roger Ebert (host)
· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Don DuPree (director)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Don DuPree (supervising producer/director)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Jim Murphy (supervising producer)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Jim Murphy (supervising producer)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Jim Murphy (supervising producer)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)
· Jim Murphy (supervising producer)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesSiskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986)· Donna La Pietra (executive producer)
· Andrea Gronvall (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesAt the Movies (1982)· Nancy De Los Santos (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesAt the Movies (1982)· Nancy De Los Santos (producer)
· Roger Ebert (host)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Critic1995TV SeriesGene Siskel
The Larry Sanders Show1993TV SeriesGene Siskel

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sneak Previews1976TV Series written by - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zap2014Short inspiration
The Awful Truth2000TV Series documentary dedicatee - 1 episode
Me, Myself & Irene2000dedicated to the memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Siskel & Ebert1986-1999TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee
Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River1998DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-1998TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Cameo
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The Sport Jerks1998TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1998TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
If We Picked the Winners1998TV MovieHimself - Host
Howard Stern1995-1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself
If We Picked the Winners1996TV MovieHimself - Host
The Oprah Winfrey Show1996TV SeriesHimself - Movie Critic
ABC News Nightline1995TV SeriesHimself
The Siskel & Ebert Interviews1995TV MovieHimself - Interviewer
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 31th Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1991-1993TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Siskel & Ebert Holiday Video Gift Guide1992TV MovieHimself - Host
Diamonds on the Silver Screen1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Fourth Guest
Siskel & Ebert: Actors on Acting1991TV MovieHimself - Host
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake1991TV MovieHimself
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan1991TV MovieHimself
Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies1990TV MovieHimself - Host
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special1989TV MovieHimself - Host
The Late Show1986TV SeriesHimself
At the Movies1982-1986TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Saturday Night Live1982-1985TV SeriesHimself
Sneak Previews1975-1983TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chroma2016TV SeriesHimself
Nostalgia Critic2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster2014Video shortHimself
Life Itself2014DocumentaryHimself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Movie Critic
Siskel & Ebert1999-2010TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The People vs. George Lucas2010DocumentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Don't You Forget About Me2009Video documentaryHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
Mysteries of Love2002Video documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Special Memorial Tribute
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself - Critic

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