Tributes: The Stars We've Lost

From Mike Nichols to Robin Williams to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we remember the personalities who've left us


Roger Ebert's thumb came to be the very symbol of movie criticism: up for good, down for – quite simply – don't bother. It was a gesture created with cohost and rival Gene Siskel for their groundbreaking, syndicated TV show Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. But at his heart, Ebert was a newspaperman, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times until his death April 4 at age 70. "I don't think of this as a job," Ebert once told PEOPLE. "I think of it as a vocation." Beset by multiple cancers over the last decade, the popular writer – who, in 1975 became the first film reviewer to win a Pulitzer Prize – continued watching and reviewing movies in honest, witty prose until the end.