|Born||Joseph Patrick Michael Leydon
August 22, 1952
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Alma mater||Loyola University|
|Occupation||Film critic, historian|
Joseph Patrick Michael "Joe" Leydon (born August 22, 1952) is an American film critic and historian. A critic and correspondent for Variety since 1990, he is the author of Joe Leydon's Guide to Essential Movies You Must See (Michael Wiese Productions) and a contributing critic for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. He is also a contributing editor for Cowboys & Indians Magazine.
Life and career
Leydon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in the city's Ninth Ward. He graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Journalism (with a minor in film). At Loyola, he studied under the late Ralph T. Bell. In 2007, he earned a Master of Arts degree at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communications at University of Houston.
Leydon was a film critic for The Houston Post from 1982 until the paper’s demise in 1995. He has also reviewed films for The San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC.com, and NBC affiliate KPRC-TV in Houston. His work as a journalist, interviewer and feature writer has appeared in the New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Tennessean, The Boston Globe, Toronto Star and the Austin American-Statesman; Film Comment, MovieMaker, Houstonia and New Orleans magazines.
Since 2000, Leydon has been an instructor at Houston Community College and the Jack J. Valenti School of Communications at University of Houston. He also is an adjunct professor at the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication.
In a Dec. 17, 2011 post on his blog, Leydon proudly revealed he is a cancer survivor. 
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