Jon Voight

Born Dec 29, 1938

Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight is an American actor. He has received an Academy Award, out of four nominations, and three Golden Globe Awards, out of nine nominations. Voight is the father of actress Angelina Jolie. Voight came to prominence in the late 1960s with his performance as a would-be gigolo in Midnight Cowboy (1969).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Voight.


1938 Birth Voight was born on December 29, 1938, in Yonkers, New York, the son of Barbara (1910–95) and Elmer Voight (né Voytka; 1909–73), a professional golfer. … Read More


1956 17 Years Old Following his graduation in 1956, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he majored in art and graduated with a B.A. in 1960. … Read More


1962 - 1963 2 More Events
1965 26 Years Old His theatre career took off in January 1965, playing Rodolfo in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in an Off-Broadway revival.
1967 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Voight's film debut did not come until 1967, when he took a part in Phillip Kaufman's crimefighter spoof, Fearless Frank.
1968 29 Years Old In 1968 Voight took a role in director Paul Williams's Out of It.


1969 - 1972 4 More Events
1973 34 Years Old Voight played a directionless young boxer in 1973's The All American Boy, then appeared in the 1974 film, Conrack, directed by Martin Ritt. … Read More
1975 36 Years Old Voight was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role of Matt Hooper in the 1975 film Jaws, but he turned down the role, which was ultimately played by Richard Dreyfuss.
1978 39 Years Old In 1978, Voight portrayed the paraplegic Vietnam veteran Luke Martin in Hal Ashby's film Coming Home, and was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, for his portrait of an embittered paraplegic, reportedly based on real-life Vietnam veteran-turned-antiwar-activist Ron Kovic, with whom Fonda's character falls in love. … Read More


1979 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 44 Years Old 1 More Event
He also produced and acted in 1983's Table for Five, in which he played a widower bringing up his children by himself.
1985 46 Years Old In 1985, Voight teamed up with Russian writer and director Andrei Konchalovsky to play the role of escaped con Manny Manheim in Runaway Train. … Read More
1986 47 Years Old Voight followed up this and other performances with a role in the 1986 film, Desert Bloom, and reportedly experienced a "spiritual awakening" toward the end of the decade.


1989 - 1995 6 More Events
1996 57 Years Old Voight next appeared in 1996's blockbuster film Mission: Impossible, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise. … Read More
1997 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Voight appeared in six films, beginning with Rosewood, based on the 1923 destruction of the primarily black town of Rosewood, Florida, by the white residents of nearby Sumner. … Read More
1998 59 Years Old 1 More Event
He also took a substantial role in Tony Scott's 1998 political thriller, Enemy of the State, in which Voight played Will Smith's character's stalwart antagonist from the NSA.


1999 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Voight next appeared in 1999's Varsity Blues. … Read More
Voight next portrayed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 2001's action/war film Pearl Harbor, having accepted the role when Gene Hackman declined (his performance was received favorably by critics). … Read More
2003 - 2006 4 More Events
In 2007, he played United States Secretary of Defense John Keller in the summer blockbuster Transformers, reuniting him with Holes star Shia LaBeouf.
Voight endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the 2008 Republican Party nomination. … Read More
On June 8, 2009, Voight hosted a Republican congressional fundraiser, and he also made his own speech at the event, criticizing President Obama. … Read More
2010 - 2015 4 More Events
2016 77 Years Old On March 9, 2016 he endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican 2016 nomination saying, "Donald is funny, playful and colorful, but most of all, he is honest... … Read More
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