04/29/1999 AT 12:00 AM EDT

Award-winning syndicated film critic Gene Siskel will take a six-month leave of absence from all work activities to continue his recovery from brain surgery, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Siskel, best known as the partner of rival Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert on the long-running syndicated television show "Siskel & Ebert,'' had brain surgery in New York in May and returned to work in June.

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