Leonard Maltin

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BornLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_1_0 (1950-12-18) December 18, 1950 (age 69)

New York City, New York, U.S.Leonard Maltin_cell_0_1_1

EducationLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_2_0 Teaneck High SchoolLeonard Maltin_cell_0_2_1
Alma materLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_3_0 New York UniversityLeonard Maltin_cell_0_3_1
OccupationLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_4_0 Leonard Maltin_cell_0_4_1
Years activeLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_5_0 1965–presentLeonard Maltin_cell_0_5_1
Spouse(s)Leonard Maltin_header_cell_0_6_0 Alice Tlusty ​(m. 1975)​Leonard Maltin_cell_0_6_1
ChildrenLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_7_0 1Leonard Maltin_cell_0_7_1
AwardsLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_8_0 Inkpot Award (2013)Leonard Maltin_cell_0_8_1
WebsiteLeonard Maltin_header_cell_0_9_0 Leonard Maltin_cell_0_9_1

Leonard Michael Maltin (born December 18, 1950) is an American film critic and film historian, as well as an author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory narratives. Leonard Maltin_sentence_0

He is perhaps best known for his eponymous annual book of movie capsule reviews, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was published from 1969 to 2014. Leonard Maltin_sentence_1

Early life Leonard Maltin_section_0

Maltin was born in New York City, son of singer Jacqueline (née Gould; 1923–2012), and Aaron Isaac Maltin (1915–2002), a lawyer and immigration judge. Leonard Maltin_sentence_2

Maltin was raised in a Jewish family, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. Leonard Maltin_sentence_3

He graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968. Leonard Maltin_sentence_4

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Maltin began his writing career at age fifteen, writing for Classic Images and editing and publishing his own fanzine, Film Fan Monthly, dedicated to films from the golden age of Hollywood. Leonard Maltin_sentence_5

After earning a journalism degree at New York University, Maltin went on to publish articles in a variety of film journals, newspapers, and magazines, including Variety and TV Guide. Leonard Maltin_sentence_6

In the 1970s Maltin also reviewed recordings in the jazz magazine, Downbeat. Leonard Maltin_sentence_7

Maltin wrote Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, a compendium of synopses and reviews that first appeared in September 1969 and was annually updated from October 1987 until September 2014, each edition having the following year's date. Leonard Maltin_sentence_8

Its original title was TV Movies, and some editions were Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. Leonard Maltin_sentence_9

In 2005, coverage of many films released no later than 1960 was moved into a spin-off volume, Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, to allow the regular book to cover a larger number of more recent titles. Leonard Maltin_sentence_10

He has also written several other works, including Behind the Camera, a study of cinematography, The Whole Film Sourcebook, Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia, Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals, and Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. Leonard Maltin_sentence_11

Starting on May 29, 1982, Maltin was the movie reviewer on the syndicated television series Entertainment Tonight for 30 years. Leonard Maltin_sentence_12

He also appears on the Starz cable network, and hosted his own syndicated radio program, Leonard Maltin on Video, as well as the syndicated TV show Hot Ticket with Boston film critic Joyce Kulhawik (originally E! Leonard Maltin_sentence_13

personality and game show host Todd Newton). Leonard Maltin_sentence_14

As of 2018, Maltin hosts a television show called Secret's Out on ReelzChannel movie network. Leonard Maltin_sentence_15

He also spearheaded the creation of the Walt Disney Treasures collectible DVD line in 2001, and continues to provide creative input and host the various sets. Leonard Maltin_sentence_16

Maltin appeared on Pyramid twice as a celebrity player, in 1987 on the CBS $25,000 version, and in 1991 on the John Davidson version. Leonard Maltin_sentence_17

He also appeared on Super Password as a celebrity guest in 1988. Leonard Maltin_sentence_18

During the 1980s and 1990s Maltin served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute. Leonard Maltin_sentence_19

In the mid-1990s, Maltin became the president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and is on the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Leonard Maltin_sentence_20

For nearly a decade, Maltin was also on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. Leonard Maltin_sentence_21

As of 2018, Maltin teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Leonard Maltin_sentence_22

In 1998, Maltin settled a libel suit brought by former child star Billy Gray, of Father Knows Best fame, whom Maltin identified in his review of the film Dusty and Sweets McGee as a real-life drug addict and dealer. Leonard Maltin_sentence_23

The statement had appeared in print in Maltin's annual movie guide for nearly 25 years before Maltin publicly apologized for the error. Leonard Maltin_sentence_24

Maltin left Entertainment Tonight in 2010. Leonard Maltin_sentence_25

His final appearance on the show as a regular correspondent was on July 19, 2010. Leonard Maltin_sentence_26

As of 2018, Maltin hosts The Maltin Minute for DirecTV customers. Leonard Maltin_sentence_27

With his daughter Jessie Maltin, he co-hosts Maltin on Movies, a long-form interview podcast for the Nerdist Industries network. Leonard Maltin_sentence_28

He also wrote the introduction for The Complete Peanuts: 1983–1984. Leonard Maltin_sentence_29

In 1990, he took a look at the MGM years of The Three Stooges in a film called The Lost Stooges, available on a made-to-order DVD through the Warner Archive Collection. Leonard Maltin_sentence_30

From 2014 to 2019, Maltin hosted the quarterly Treasures From the Disney Vault on Turner Classic Movies. Leonard Maltin_sentence_31

The last scheduled "Treasures from the Disney Vault" aired on September 2, 2019. Leonard Maltin_sentence_32

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Maltin lives in Los Angeles. Leonard Maltin_sentence_33

He is married to researcher and producer Alice Tlusty, and has one daughter, Jessie, who works with him (his production company, JessieFilm, is named for her). Leonard Maltin_sentence_34

In July 2018, Maltin announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three and a half years prior. Leonard Maltin_sentence_35


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