Joe Leydon

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Joe Leydon
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Leydon in 2008
Born Joseph Patrick Michael Leydon
(1952-08-22) August 22, 1952 (age 66)
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[edit]

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).[1] 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,, 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.

In a December 17, 2011 post on his blog, Leydon proudly revealed he is a cancer survivor.[2]


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