Roger Ebert Gets a Chin

He'll wear prosthetic on new TV show

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2011 1:19 PM CST | Updated Jan 23, 2011 11:35 AM CST

(Newser) – Roger Ebert has a new prosthetic chin, he writes at the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's not to fool anyone, because my appearance is widely known," he explains. It's more of a "pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years." Cancer surgeries left Ebert's face disfigured, a fact that went largely unknown until a jarring image of him appeared in Esquire last year. He won't wear the chin all the time, but will do so when he makes appearances on his new show, Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, which premiered Friday on public TV stations.

"At the beginning of this process I assumed I would wear the new prosthesis whenever I left the house, so that 'nobody would know,'" he writes. "But everybody knows. The photograph of me that appeared in Esquire even found its way onto billboards in China. And something else has happened since that day in the hospital: I accept the way I look. Lord knows I paid the dues."

Here is the photo in the March 10 Esquire of last year that first showed Roger Ebert's image to the world. He now has a prosthetic chin.   (AP Photo/Ethan Hill, Courtesy of Esquire)
This January, 2011, photo provided by Roger Ebert shows the famous film critic wearing a silicone prosthesis over his lower face and neck.   (AP Photo/Ebert Productions, David Rotter)
This January, 2011, photo shows David Rotter holding a prosthesis he helped sculpt for film critic Roger Ebert to closely resemble what was removed by cancer surgery.   (AP Photo/Roger Ebert)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, Film critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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