Gene Siskel

Siskel in 1989, photo by Alan Light

Birth Name: Eugene Kal Siskel

Date of Birth: January 26, 1946

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: February 20, 1999

Place of Death: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gene Siskel was an American film critic and journalist. He wrote for the Chicago Tribune. He was a co-host of the shows Sneak Previews, from 1975 to 1982, and At the Movies, from 1982 to 1999, his death, both mostly with Roger Ebert.

Gene was the son of Ida and Nathan William Siskel, who were Russian Jews. He was married to Marlene Iglitzen, until his death. The couple had three children.

Gene’s paternal grandfather was named William Siskel (the son of Jawb Siskel).

Gene’s paternal grandmother was named Mary.

Gene’s maternal grandfather was named Abraham Kalnitzky Kalis (the son of Harry Kalis Kalnitzky).

Gene’s maternal grandmother was Eva Mazelas (the daughter of Mandel Mazelas and Fredda Issaks).

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