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Siskel graduated from Yale University in 1967 and began working for the Chicago Tribune in 1969. In 1974 while doing movie reviews for a local television station doing a show called Sneak Previews , he was teamed up with Roger Ebert. Their "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" system soon became the standard for the profession. The duo eventually created a popular weekly movie review TV show called simply Siskel & Ebert.
In 1998, Siskel underwent brain surgery to remove a brain tumor. He announced on February 3, 1999 that he was taking a leave of absence but that he expected to be back by the fall, writing "I'm in a hurry to get well because I don't want Roger to get more screen time than I." The last film he viewed was the Sarah Michelle Gellar romantic comedy Simply Irresistable .
He died from complications of the surgery two weeks later, at the age of only 53.
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