Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, probably was best known for squaring off with fellow pundits Gene Siskel and (after Siskel's 1999 death) Richard Roeper on the television program "At the Movies."
He was also an accomplished film historian and author, having published several books and compilations about film, including "Roger Ebert's Book of Film" and "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie."
In the 1970s he co-wrote the cult film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and in 1977 drafted a screenplay for the British band the Sex Pistols, "Who Killed Bambi?" Although the Sex Pistols film was never made, the script later found a home on Ebert's blog.
After losing his ability to speak due to complications from thyroid cancer surgery in 2006, Ebert took his strong opinions to the Web, where he continued to review films, blogged about timely or personal topics and generally let his thoughts be known about developments such as the tea party.
Ebert died April 4, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.