Actors, others gather at Chicago memorial for film critic Roger Ebert

Paul Beaty/APRoger Ebert's wife Chaz Ebert

Paul Beaty/APRoger Ebert's wife Chaz Ebert

CHICAGO — Hollywood actors and Chicago natives John Cusack and Joan Cusack remembered famed film critic Roger Ebert as one of the city's icons.

The brother and sister spoke Thursday at a Chicago memorial for Ebert, who died last week at age 70 after a years-long bout with cancer.

John Cusack said Ebert was always supportive of artists. Cusack said Ebert “always gave you a fair shake.”

The memorial at the Chicago Theatre was called “Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life.” A choir opened the gathering of actors, directors, film critics and other admirers by singing, “Roger Ebert, we will always love you.”

roger ebert, chaz ebert, joan and john cusack Roger Ebert's wife Chaz Ebert, left, speaks with actors John Cusack center, and Joan Cusack, right, at The Chicago Theater before a memorial in Chicago.

The acclaimed movie reviewer's widow, Chaz Ebert, welcomed fans to the historic theater where her husband screened films for years and remembered him as a father, friend and humanitarian.

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