Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969, and is now available as iPhone and iPad app. It was joined by Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide in 2005, newly revised in 2010. His latest book is Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. For thirty years he appeared on television’s Entertainment Tonight; he can currently be seen on Reelz Channel.
He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and was a member of the faculty at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His other books include Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia, The Great American Broadcast, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Art of the Cinematographer, Selected Short Subjects, and (as co-author) The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Premiere, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, and The Village Voice. For six years he was film critic for Playboy magazine.
He has served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and was President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 1995 and 1996. In 1997 he was named to the National Film Preservation Board, and in 2006 was selected by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors for the National Film Preservation Foundation. He also created, hosted and co-produced the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series.
He has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?) He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, and holds court at www.leonardmaltin.com.