Roger Ebert, the most famous film critic in America, is being given the Directors Guild of America’s Honorary Life Member Award for his stand-out career and contributions to film. DGA President Michael Apted said, “From the blockbuster to the tiny independent film, Roger Ebert has devoted his career to sharing his love of film with generations of moviegoers. In doing so, he’s kept directors on their toes for more than 40 years.” Ebert, who is unable speak after battling thyroid cancer, is a critic with the Chicago Sun-Times. He gained fame co-hosting television shows such as Sneak Previews (1978 to 1982), At the Movies (1982 to 1986) and Siskel & Ebert at the Movies (1993 to 2006) with fellow reviewer Gene Siskel. Ebert, who has written 15 books and the screenplay for the 1970 movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, has been nominated for seven Emmys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.