Gene Siskel Net Worth

Gene Siskel Net Worth is
$3 Million

Gene Siskel Biography

Gene Siskel net well worth: Gene Siskel was an American film critic and journalist who also had a net well worth of $3 million. Gene Siskel was created in Chicago, Illinois in January 1946 and passed on in February 1999. Siskel was most widely known for being section of the film review duo Siskel & Ebert with Roger Ebert. As a duo Siskel & Ebert had been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Daytime Emmy Awards. Hersey helped Siskel get yourself a work operating at the Chicago Tribute in 1969. He worked well as a film critic for the paper before getting together with Chicago Sun-Instances film reviewer Robert Ebert in 1975 and co-hosting a display on the neighborhood PBS station referred to as Sneak Previews. Siskel also offered as a correspondent for it series CBS TODAY from 1990 to 1996 and HELLO America from 1996 to 1999. They remaining PBS for syndication and hosted the display At the films which was written by Tribune Broadcasting and later on The Walt Disney Organization. Gene Siskel passed on on February 20, 1999 at age 53 from complications because of surgery linked to a cancerous mind tumor. Siskel and Ebert created their “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” rating program and Sneak Previews was broadcast nationwide in 1977 on PBS. Siskel graduated from Yale University and studied under Pulitzer Prize earning writer John Hersey. The name was transformed to Siskel & Ebert & the films, but later on changed to simply Siskel & Ebert.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameGene Siskel
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 26, 1946
DiedFebruary 20, 1999, Evanston, Illinois, United States
ProfessionJournalist, Actor, Film critic
EducationYale University, University of Toronto Mississauga, Culver Academies
SpouseMarlene Iglitzen
ChildrenCallie Siskel, Will Siskel, Kate Siskel
ParentsNathan William Siskel, Ida Siskel
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program
TV ShowsAt the Movies, Sneak Previews

Interesting Facts

1 He was widely known to be a very private man.
2 Being taller than his co-host, Roger Ebert.
3 He and Roger Ebert had the same choices for best film of the year nine times.
4 His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
5 Is referenced, along with Roger Ebert, in Bloodhound Gang's song The Bad Touch.
6 When 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".
7 Says 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).
8 His favorite movie villain was the "Hal 9000" computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
9 Just 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!".
10 In 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).
11 His favorite movie of all-time was Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
12 Majored in Philosophy at Yale.
13 While at Yale, he often dressed as Batman and paid people surprise visits. He was able to keep his identity secret for a week.
14 Was a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and often covered sports and interviews for local television.
15 Of the three At The Movies hosts (Siskel/Ebert/Roeper), he was the only one that wasn't employed by the Chicago Sun-Times.
16 Grew up in the Chicago North Shore town of Glencoe, Illinois. Graduated from Culver Military Academy (Battery A) in 1963.
17 The 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".
18 Was one of the few critics to give the Oscar-winning classic masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs (1991) a negative review.
19 Agreed 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)).
20 Hated 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.
21 One 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.
22 Considered the film Cannonball Run II (1984) to be the worst movie he had ever seen.
23 The 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).
24 Once 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).
25 Purchased the white disco suit from Saturday Night Fever (1977) at a charity auction.
26 Interred at Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


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


1 There 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.
4 Oh! 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.
6 Roger [Ebert] is the only guy I know who answers 'yes' to every question he is asked at McDonald's.
7 On 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!!
8 On Blade Runner (1982): I felt that this film was a waste of time. Pretty to look at, but a waste of time!
9 I'm in a hurry to get well, because I don't want Roger to get more screen time than I.
10 On 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!'"
11 On 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?"
12 On 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."
13 On 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."
14 On 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.)
15 On 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..."
16 On 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).
17 Fargo (1996) was the last great film that I saw.
18 I always ask myself, 'Is the movie that I am watching as interesting as a documentary of the same actors having lunch together?'


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Behind the Scenes Criticism

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Roger Ebert (host)

Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Don DuPree (director)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Don DuPree (supervising producer/director)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Jim Murphy (supervising producer)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1991 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Jim Murphy (supervising producer)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1990 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Jim Murphy (supervising producer)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1989 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Larry Dieckhaus (executive producer)

Jim Murphy (supervising producer)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986) Donna La Pietra (executive producer)

Andrea Gronvall (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series At the Movies (1982) Nancy De Los Santos (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series At the Movies (1982) Nancy De Los Santos (producer)

Roger Ebert (host)



The Critic 1995 TV Series Gene Siskel
The Larry Sanders Show 1993 TV Series Gene Siskel


Sneak Previews 1976 TV Series written by - 1 episode


Zap 2014 Short inspiration
The Awful Truth 2000 TV Series documentary dedicatee - 1 episode
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 dedicated to the memory of


Siskel & Ebert 1986-1999 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee
Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River 1998 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-1998 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Cameo
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
The Sport Jerks 1998 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1998 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
If We Picked the Winners 1998 TV Movie Himself - Host
Howard Stern 1995-1997 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997 TV Series Himself
If We Picked the Winners 1996 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1996 TV Series Himself - Movie Critic
ABC News Nightline 1995 TV Series Himself
The Siskel & Ebert Interviews 1995 TV Movie Himself - Interviewer
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 31th Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991-1993 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Siskel & Ebert Holiday Video Gift Guide 1992 TV Movie Himself - Host
Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself - Fourth Guest
Siskel & Ebert: Actors on Acting 1991 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Howard Stern Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991 TV Movie Himself
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 TV Movie Himself
Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies 1990 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special 1989 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Late Show 1986 TV Series Himself
At the Movies 1982-1986 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Saturday Night Live 1982-1985 TV Series Himself
Sneak Previews 1975-1983 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself

Archive Footage

Chroma 2016 TV Series Himself
Nostalgia Critic 2013-2016 TV Series Himself
Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster 2014 Video short Himself
Life Itself 2014 Documentary Himself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Movie Critic
Siskel & Ebert 1999-2010 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
The People vs. George Lucas 2010 Documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Don't You Forget About Me 2009 Video documentary Himself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary Himself
Mysteries of Love 2002 Video documentary Himself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
Junket Whore 1998 Documentary Himself - Critic

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