|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.
In a Dec. 17, 2011 post on his blog, Leydon proudly revealed he is a cancer survivor.
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