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    Gene Siskel

    January 26, 1946 February 20, 1999 • 53 y.o. (78)

    Full Name Eugene Kal Siskel
    Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Place of Death Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Citizenship United States
    Career 1975 — 1999
    Genres Documentary, Comedy, Music
    Height 1.88 m 6′ 2″
    Zodiac sign aquarius
    Religion judaism
    Nickname The Bald Guy

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    Siskel was born in Chicago on January 26, 1946, the youngest of three children born to Ida (née Kalis) and Nathan William Siskel, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. His father died when he was four and his mother died when he was nine; thereafter, he was raised by his aunt and uncle. He attended Culver Academies, where he experienced anti-Semitism firsthand when a schoolmate gave him a piece of toast on which jam was spread in the shape of a swastika.

    Siskel graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy in 1967. While at Yale, Siskel was classmates with poet Paul Monette and future New York Governor George Pataki. Siskel studied writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey, whose reference would later help Siskel get a job at the Chicago Tribune in 1969.

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