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The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper), Ebert died Thursday, according to a family friend.

He was 70 years old.

Roger Joseph Ebert was born in downstate Urbana on June 18, 1942, the only child of Walter, an electrician, and Annabel, a bookkeeper.

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Here are a few of Ebert’s most memorable quotes:

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

“No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.”

“No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”

“If he’s going to persist in making bad movies, he’s going to have to grow accustomed to reading bad reviews.” — referring to Rob Schneider in “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.”

“To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.”

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”

“I’ve seen audits that were more thrilling.” — referring to “Crocodile Dundee II.”

“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn’t.”

“I stopped taking notes on my Palm Pilot and started playing the little chess game.” — referring to “Masterminds.”

“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.”

God’s speed Roger!

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