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Born: December 18, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: historian, critic, author, teacher

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Leonard Maltin is one of the very few film historians to attain visibility as well as readability to a wide public. He began his career at the age of 15 as founder, publisher and editor of FILM FAN MONTHLY, which he would eventually oversee for nine years. His bearded, bespectacled mien, boyishly cracking voice and high-octane enthusiasm for the cinema won the gratitude of a wide public via a daily syndicated radio program, "Leonard Maltin on Video", and especially his roles as resident historian and later critic on the long-running syndicated TV ode to showbiz facts, fads and trivia, "Entertainment Tonight" (1982- ).

Leonard Maltin is one of the very few film historians to attain visibility as well as readability to a wide public. He began his career at the age of 15 as founder, publisher and editor of FILM FAN MONTHLY, which he would eventually oversee for nine years. His bearded, bespectacled mien, boyishly cracking voice and high-octane enthusiasm for the cinema won the gratitude of a wide public via a daily syndicated radio program, "Leonard Maltin on Video", and especially his roles as resident historian and later critic on the long-running syndicated TV ode to showbiz facts, fads and trivia, "Entertainment Tonight" (1982- ).

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Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey
1966:
Began film magazine FILM FAN MONTHLY at age 15; remained editor and publisher for nine years
1973:
Held a faculty position at the New School for Social Research
1976:
Served as guest director of the Museum of Modern Art's Bicentennial Salute to American Film Comedy
1982:
Joined TV show, "Entertainment Tonight" in its first season as a film critic; later began producing (as well as writing and editing) features and interviews
1985:
Organized Museum of Modern Art tribute to Warner Bros Cartoons
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Host of radio program, "Leonard Maltin on Video"
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Served as contributing editor, VIDEO REVIEW magazine
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Returned to film reviewing on "Entertainment Tonight" in the early 1990s
1998:
Ordered to apologize to actor Billy Gray for refering to him as a drug addict in a review of the 1971 documentary "Dusty and Sweets McGee"
1998:
Appointed as film critic for PLAYBOY, replacing Bruce Williamson
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1972

Notes

Maltin has also hosted several home video programs including "Cartoons for Big Kids", "The Lost Stooges" and the "Leonard Maltin Movie Memories" series.

Curator of the American Academy of Humor (1975 and 1976)

Served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle in 1995

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wife:
Alice Maltin. Producer. Married in March 1975.

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daughter:
Jessica Bennett Maltin.

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"TV Movies and Video Guide" Signet
"Movie Comedy Teams"
"Behind the Camera" Signet
"Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons"
"The Great Movie Shorts"
"The Disney Films"
"The Whole Film Sourcebook"
"Carole Lombard" Pyramid Books
"Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals"
"The Great Movie Comedians"
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