Movie Critic Joel Siegel Dead at 63

GMA's long-time reviewer succumbs to colon cancer
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2007 10:26 AM CDT
Joel Siegel, a longtime movie critic for WABC-TV and "Good Morning America" who racked up five New York Emmy Awards for his insightful work, died Friday June 29, 2007. the television station said. He...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Joel Siegel, the veteran film critic for Good Morning America known for concision and wit, died yesterday after a long battle with colon cancer. Siegel's good humor and enthusiasm for movies didn't stop him from delivering a well-aimed pan.  "No one had more fun writing about a bad movie than Joel,"  one station manager told the AP.

Siegel, who was born in LA, was involved in the civil rights movement in the '60s, and worked as a joke writer for Robert Kennedy; he was at the Ambassador Hotel when the senator was assassinated, the New York Times reports. Siegel learned he had colon cancer at 57, just before becoming a father for the first time. He wrote a book for his son, which was published in 2003. (Read more Joel Siegel stories.)