Movie Critic Joel Siegel Dies From Cancer At Age 63

Friday, June 29th 2007, 7:38 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ 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, the television station said. He was 63.

The station said Siegel, who was famous for his weekly reviews, had been battling colon cancer.

``Joel was an important part of ABC News and we will miss him,'' ABC News President David Westin said in a release. ``He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel's family.''

Siegel was known for his sense of humor, movie acumen and sharp judgment. He never let an actor off the hook if the performance was lackluster.

``The appeal of Matthew McConaughey has long evaded me both as a pinup and as an actor,'' Siegel opined in his review of ``We Are Marshall,'' a 2006 film. ``His constant ticks, bad hair and strained syntax as a coach fumble what should have been the tragic and inspirational story of the rebuilding of Marshall University's football team after a devastating plane crash.''

Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, said the critic loved to poke at uninspiring movies.

``No one had more fun writing about a bad movie than Joel,'' Davis said.

ABC anchor Charles Gibson said Siegel knew how to tell a story.

``He had an inexhaustible supply of stories _ most funny, many poignant, all with a point or a punch line,'' Gibson said.