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Richard Roeper

Roeper at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
Born October 17, 1959 (1959-10-17) (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Film critic, journalist
Nationality United States American
Subjects Film
Official website

Richard Roeper (born October 17, 1959)[1] is an American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun Times.[2] He also co-hosted the television series At the Movies with Roger Ebert from 2000–2008.


Early life

Roeper was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in south suburban Dolton, Illinois. He attended Thornridge High School and graduated from Illinois State University in 1982.


Roeper began working as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1987. The topics of his columns range from politics to media to entertainment. He has written seven books, on topics from movies to urban legends to conspiracy theories to the Chicago White Sox. In 2009 Roeper appeared on Howard Stern's show and said he had written a book on gambling, to be published in 2010.

Roeper also was a radio host on WLS AM 890 in Chicago. He also hosted shows on WLUP-FM, WLS-FM and WMVP-AM in Chicago. He won three Emmy awards for his news commentaries on Fox in the 1990s, and was the film critic for CBS in Chicago for three years in the early 2000s. He won the National Headliner Award as the top newspaper columnist in the country in 1992, and has been voted best columnist in Illinois by the Associated Press on numerous occasions.

His columns have been syndicated by the New York Times to publications around the world. Roeper has written for a number of magazines, including Esquire, Spy, TV Guide, Playboy, Maxim and Entertainment Weekly. He was once named as one of People magazine's most eligible bachelors.

Roeper has been a frequent guest on the Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The O'Reilly Factor and countless other national programs. He is currently the host of Starz Inside, a monthly documentary series airing on the Starz Network since the fall of 2007. Roeper appeared on the first episode of the fifth season of Entourage reviewing the fake movie Medellin starring fictional movie star Vincent Chase. In April of 2008, Roeper was the central figure on an episode of "Top Chef," in which the contestants served up movie themed dishes to Roeper and his friends, including Aisha Tyler.

In Feb. of 2009, Roeper launched his own web site,, which features movie reviews, blog entries about politics, sports and movies, photos and Twitter entries. For most of the year Roeper was posting print reviews and blog entries. In Dec. of 2009, he launched a video section, with on-camera reviews of movies. The video segments are produced in partnership with the Starz premium cable channel. Roeper announced the reviews will appear first on his site, then on the Starz channel.

In December of 2009, it was reported Roeper had signed a "six-figure" deal with ReelzChannel to be a regular contributor. He will continue to review movies online for his website and for Starz.

Film critic

After Gene Siskel of Siskel & Ebert died in 1999, Roger Ebert did the show with nearly 30 co-hosts. After 10 guest stints, Roeper was offered the opportunity to permanently co-host the popular film review show with Ebert. The series was renamed Ebert & Roeper at the Movies in 2000, and shortened to "Ebert & Roeper" in 2002.

Beginning in August 2006, while his co-host Roger Ebert was recovering from cancer surgery, Roeper was joined by guest critics, including Clerks director Kevin Smith and The Tonight Show host Jay Leno. On July 20, 2008, Roeper announced he was leaving the show in mid-August, and would be returning with a new show later in the year.[3] He continues to write his general interest column, and also contributes reviews to the Sun-Times and to newspapers across the country.


  • He Rents, She Rents: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Women's Films and Guy Movies, with Laurie Viera (1999)
  • Hollywood Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Delightfully Persistent Myths of Films, Television, and Music (2001)
  • Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True (2001)
  • Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed, and Other Surprising Movie Lists (2003)
  • Schlock Value: Hollywood At Its Worst (2005)
  • Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz (2006)
  • Debunked!: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Evil Plots of the 21st Century (2008)


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Richard Roeper is a American television personality. He currently stars on the American television show "Ebert & Roeper" with Roger Ebert. Roeper replaced Gene Siskel on the show in 2000 (which used to be called "Siskel & Ebert"), shortly after Siskel died in 1999. Roeper also writes about movies for an American newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times.


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