Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
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).
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Jon Voight and Corey Lewandowski on why they support Trump
Fox News - about 1 month
Former Trump campaign manager weighs in
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Voight on Trump: "God answered our prayers"
CNN - about 1 month
The actor Jon Voight spoke during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration concert, saying "God answered our prayers."
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Jennifer Holliday Won't Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration After All
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
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Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts. Beyond Spectacular! Magic Sparkles Plenty
Huffington Post - 3 months
Oh, my. what a film!. J.K. Rowlings has written both the screenplay, the book and proves a woman with total control can triumph, no wizardry here. J.K. Rowlings has four more films to follow Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I long for their magical release into theatres. David Yates directs with economy and skill, but it is clear J.K.Rowlings is running the show. Fanstastic Beasts takes place seventy years before writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) writes his book in England's Hogwart's school for witchcraft and wizardry . In the beginning of Fantastic Beasts Newt arrives from Britain to New York to visit its secret world of witches and wizards with a suitcase of Fantastic Beasts which will win your heart and then some. The special effects by a huge team made up of David Allday, Paul Brady, Stuart Craig are the most original in a long time. The beasts are darling, frightening and charming. Viscerally enticing On Newt's first visit to New York he bumps into Jacob Kow ...
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WATCH: Trump Talk: Two Celebrities Give Their Take
ABC News - 4 months
Actors Robert DeNiro and Jon Voight offer different opinions about the president-elect.
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Jon Voight Plays Down Donald Trump's Offensive Comments About Women
Huffington Post - 5 months
Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight has tried to defend Donald Trump’s despicable comments about women. While Republican leaders and a host of celebrities have all rushed to denounce the GOP nominee over lewd and explicit comments he made in leaked audio from 2005, in which he said his fame allowed him to grab women “by the pussy,” the “Midnight Cowboy” star has actually given the brash businessman his unequivocal support. In a series of Twitter posts on Saturday night, the 77-year-old Voight said he didn’t know “of too many men who haven’t expressed some sort of similar sexual terms toward women, especially in their younger years.” He also claimed Trump’s words were “not as damaging as Robert De Niro’s ugly rant,” referring to his fellow Hollywood actor calling Trump almost every insult there is in a “Get Out The Vote” ad. Here are Voight’s tweets in full: I am so ashamed of my fellow actor Bobby DeNiro's rant against Donald Trump. What foul words he used against a pr ...
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Jon Voight on why he's supporting Trump and Hollywood isn't
Fox News - 5 months
Oscar-winning actor
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Jon Voight Was Pretty Starstruck By Everyone At The Emmys
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Voight
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  • 2016
    Age 77
    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...
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  • 2015
    Age 76
    In March 2015, in the run-up to the 2015 Israeli election, Voight released a video where he called upon Israeli voters to re-elect Benjamin Netanyahu.
    More Details Hide Details He added, "Obama doesn't love Israel." He criticized Isaac Herzog and explained, "those who believe that deal-making is the solution to what Israel faces are as wrong as Neville Chamberlain believing he made a peace deal with Hitler."
  • 2012
    Age 73
    In January 2012, he endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican 2012 nomination.
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  • 2011
    Age 72
    In August 2011, Voight visited terror victims at Soroka Medical Center in the Beersheba after attacks from Gaza.
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  • 2010
    Age 71
    In June 2010, the Washington Times published an open letter to President Obama from Voight, calling President Obama a liar and promoter of anti-semitism.
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  • 2009
    Age 70
    In November 2009 Voight was a featured speaker, at a Tea Party protest opposing the healthcare reform legislation, and again at a rally outside the Capitol Building on March 20, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details During his speech near the Capitol, Voight stated the White House was using "radical Chicago tactics" in hopes of passing healthcare reform.
    In a letter released on September 11, 2009, Voight accused his former Coming Home co-star, Jane Fonda, of "aiding and abetting those who seek the destruction of Israel".
    More Details Hide Details Fonda was one of more than 50 celebrities who signed an online petition letter by John Greyson in which Greyson said he would pull his film Covered from the Toronto International Film Festival in protest over the festival's "inaugural City-to-City Spotlight on Tel Aviv". Greyson's belief was that the spotlight on Tel Aviv would mean that the festival was facilitating a propaganda campaign for the Israeli government. Voight's letter said in part: Fonda later explained that she had regretted signing the petition, saying that she had signed the letter
    Voight's comments drew harsh criticism from Dallas Morning News columnist Rod Dreher, whose article appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on September 16, 2009.
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    In a June 13, 2009 article, New York Times columnist Frank Rich said of Voight's speech, in which Voight called to "bring an end to this false prophet Obama," that: "This kind of rhetoric, with its pseudo-Scriptural call to action, is toxic."
    More Details Hide Details When appearing on Governor Mike Huckabee's Fox News talk show, Voight said Obama was arrogant, caused civil unrest and stood for all that this country was against during its past. He went on to state: "I'm here to validate all the millions of people who are opposed to the Obama healthcare. We're witnessing a slow and steady takeover of our true freedoms. We're becoming a socialist nation, and Obama is causing civil unrest in this country The stimulus didn't work We're being told what cars we can drive, how much we can make Obama has made this healthcare a personal crusade now As we can see it really is about him. He is arrogant and he's adamant that he's going to get this passed He's trying everything, even the so-called God card. If you love God, he tells us, then it's your duty to vote this healthcare bill in They're taking away God's first gift to man. Our free will."
    On June 10, 2009, on the topic of Voight's fundraiser speech, Glenn Beck told Voight in a radio interview: "It's good not to be alone.
    More Details Hide Details It's good not to be alone."
    On June 8, 2009, Voight hosted a Republican congressional fundraiser, and he also made his own speech at the event, criticizing President Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised Voight's speech. McConnell told Voight about his speech: "I really enjoyed that."
  • 2008
    Age 69
    Voight was a guest at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
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    In September 2008, Voight appeared in a video from the Republican National Convention admonishing viewers to support the United States military.
    More Details Hide Details He also provided the narration for a video biography of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, that appeared on McCain's campaign website.
    On July 28, 2008, he wrote an editorial in The Washington Times critical of then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Also in the article, Voight accused four-star General and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Wesley Clark of having "shame upon him, having been relieved of his command", and said that Clark "has done their Obama camp's' bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean McCain, a fellow soldier and a true hero".
    In May 2008, Voight paid a solidarity visit to Israel in honor of its 60th birthday. "I'm coming to salute, encourage and strengthen the people of Israel on this joyous 60th birthday", said Voight. "This week is about highlighting Israel as a moral beacon.
    More Details Hide Details At a time when its enemies threaten nuclear destruction, Israel heals."
    In an April 11, 2008, interview on the CNN Headline News Glenn Beck Show Voight stated that he had thrown his support to Republican Senator John McCain for president.
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    In March 2008, Voight appeared at a rally aboard the in San Diego, California, for the kick-off of Vets for Freedom's National Heroes Tour.
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    Voight endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the 2008 Republican Party nomination.
    More Details Hide Details He contacted Giuliani's California finance chairperson and asked to work on the campaign. According to the New York Times, his role in Giuliani's group "brought some high-wattage celebrity to a campaign that was in distress". He worked a variety of supporting side roles in the Florida primary, such as warming up crowds. He stated on that trail that New York City had become a much safer city in the 1990s, once remarking, "God sent an angel; his name was Rudy Giuliani." In another interview in Miami with AventuraUSA.com, Voight said he first met Giuliani "years ago" at a movie premiere in New York City and the main reason for his support was Giuliani's public poise in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
  • 2007
    Age 68
    On April 27, 2007, Voight spoke about criticism of George W. Bush in an interview with Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor: "And they—what I hear, you know, talking about our president.
    More Details Hide Details When I hear people saying quite unthinkable things about our president, when I see our president defaced, which is defacing our country. He's the leader of our country. He's the leader of the free world. It—my heart is very heavy."
    Also in 2007, Voight reprised his role as Patrick Gates in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Voight played Jonas Hodges, the American antagonist, in the seventh season of the hit Fox drama 24, a role that many argue is based on real life figures Alfried Krupp, Johann Rall and Erik Prince. Voight plays the chief executive officer of a fictional private military company based in northern Virginia called Starkwood, which has loose resemblances to Academi and ThyssenKrupp. Voight made his first appearance in the two-hour prequel episode 24: Redemption on November 23. He then went on to recur for 10 episodes of Season 7. He joined Dennis Haysbert as the only two actors ever to have been credited with the "Special Guest Appearance" card on 24. That same year Voight also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Voight played the character of Abraham. The project also featured a large ensemble of other well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett, Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Luke Perry, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Christopher McDonald, Marissa Tomei, and John Schneider.
    In 2007, he played United States Secretary of Defense John Keller in the summer blockbuster Transformers, reuniting him with Holes star Shia LaBeouf.
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  • 2006
    Age 67
    In 2006, he was Kentucky Wildcats head coach Adolph Rupp in the Disney hit Glory Road.
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  • 2005
    Age 66
    In 2005, he played Pope John Paul II in the second part of CBS' miniseries, Pope John Paul II.
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  • 2004
    Age 65
    In 2004, Voight joined Nicolas Cage, in National Treasure as Patrick Gates, the father of Cage's character.
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  • 2003
    Age 64
    In 2003, he played the role of Marion Sevillo/Mr. Sir in Holes.
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  • 2001
    Age 62
    Also in 2001, he appeared in the television mini-series Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story along with Vanessa Redgrave, Matthew Modine, Richard Attenborough, and Mia Sara.
    More Details Hide Details In the critically acclaimed CBS miniseries Pope John Paul II, released in December 2005, Voight, who was raised a Catholic, portrayed the pontiff from the time of his election until his death, garnering an Emmy nomination for the role.
    Director Michael Mann tagged Voight for a supporting role in the 2001 biopic Ali, which starred Will Smith as the controversial former heavyweight champ, Muhammad Ali.
    More Details Hide Details Voight was almost unrecognizable under his make-up and toupée, as he impersonated the sports broadcaster Howard Cosell. Voight received his fourth Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance, extending his reign as one of Hollywood's most talented actors.
    Also in 2001, Voight joined Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria and David Schwimmer in the made-for-television film Uprising, which was based on the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played Major-General Juergen Stroop, the German officer responsible for the destruction of the Jewish resistance, and received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, he appeared as Lord Croft, father of the title character of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Based on the popular video game, the digital adventuress was played on the big screen by Voight's own real-life daughter Angelina Jolie. That year, he also appeared in Zoolander, directed by Ben Stiller who starred as the title character, a vapid supermodel with humble roots. Voight appeared as Zoolander's coal-miner father. The film extracted both pathos and cruel humor from the scenes of Zoolander's return home, when he entered the mines alongside his father and brothers and Voight's character expressed his unspoken disgust at his son's chosen profession.
  • 1999
    Age 60
    Voight played Noah in the 1999 television production Noah's Ark, and appeared in Second String, also for TV.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared with Cheryl Ladd in the feature A Dog of Flanders, a remake of a popular film set in Belgium.
    Voight next appeared in 1999's Varsity Blues.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played a blunt, autocratic football coach, pitted in a test of wills against his star player, portrayed by James Van Der Beek. Produced by fledgling MTV Pictures, the film became a surprise hit and helped connect Voight with a younger audience.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 59
    Voight was reunited with director Boorman in 1998's The General.
    More Details Hide Details Set in Dublin, Ireland, the film tells the true-life story of the charismatic leader of a gang of thieves, Martin Cahill, at odds with both the police and the Provisional IRA. Voight portrays Inspector Ned Kenny, determined to bring Cahill to justice.
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 58
    His last film of 1997 was Boys Will Be Boys, a family comedy directed by Dom DeLuise.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Voight had the lead role in the television film The Fixer, in which he played Jack Killoran, a lawyer who crosses ethical lines in order to "fix" things for his wealthy clients. A near-fatal accident awakens his dormant conscience and Killoran soon runs afoul of his former clients.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played John Wright, a white Rosewood storeowner who follows his conscience and protects his black customers from the white rage. Voight next appeared in Anaconda. Set in the Amazon, Voight played Paul Sarone, a snake hunter obsessed with a fabled giant anaconda, who hijacks an unwitting National Geographic film crew looking for a remote Indian tribe. Voight next appeared in a supporting role in Oliver Stone's U Turn, portraying a blind man. Voight took a supporting role in The Rainmaker, adopted from the John Grisham novel and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He played an unscrupulous lawyer representing an insurance company, facing off with a neophyte lawyer played by Matt Damon.
  • 1996
    Age 57
    Voight next appeared in 1996's blockbuster film Mission: Impossible, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played the role of spymaster James Phelps, a role originated by Peter Graves in the television series.
  • 1995
    Age 56
    In 1995, Voight played the role of "Nate", a fence in the film, Heat, directed by Michael Mann, and appeared in the television films Convict Cowboy, and The Tin Soldier, also directing the latter film.
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  • 1994
    Age 55
    Voight made a cameo appearance as himself on the Seinfeld episode "The Mom & Pop Store" airing November 17, 1994, in which George Costanza buys a car that appears to be owned by Jon Voight.
    More Details Hide Details Voight described the process leading up to the episode in an interview on the Red Carpet at the 2006 BAFTA Emmy Awards: In 1992, Voight appeared in the HBO film The Last of His Tribe.
  • 1993
    Age 54
    For the remainder of the decade, Voight would alternate between feature films and television movies, including a starring role in the 1993 miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove, a continuation of Larry McMurtry's western saga, 1989's Lonesome Dove.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played Captain Woodrow F. Call, the part played by Tommy Lee Jones in the original miniseries.
  • 1992
    Age 53
    He followed with 1992's The Rainbow Warrior for ABC, the story of the ill-fated Greenpeace ship sunk by French operatives in the Auckland Harbour.
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  • 1991
    Age 52
    He made his first acting debut into television movies, acting in 1991's Chernobyl: The Final Warning, followed by The Last of his Tribe, in 1992.
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  • 1989
    Age 50
    In 1989 Voight starred in and helped write Eternity, which dealt with a television reporter's efforts to uncover corruption.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 46
    In 1985, Voight teamed up with Russian writer and director Andrei Konchalovsky to play the role of escaped con Manny Manheim in Runaway Train.
    More Details Hide Details The script was based on a story by Akira Kurosawa, and paired Voight with Eric Roberts as a fellow escapee. Voight received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe's award for Best Actor. Roberts was also honored for his performance, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1983
    Age 44
    1983 also saw Voight slated to play Robert Harmon in John Cassavetes' Golden Bear-winning Love Streams, having performed the role on stage in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details However, a few weeks before shooting began, Voight announced that he also wanted to direct the picture and was consequently dropped.
    He also produced and acted in 1983's Table for Five, in which he played a widower bringing up his children by himself.
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  • 1982
    Age 43
    He next reteamed with director Ashby in 1982's Lookin' to Get Out, in which he played Alex Kovac, a con man who has run into debt with New York mobsters and hopes to win enough in Las Vegas to pay them off.
    More Details Hide Details Voight both co-wrote the script and also co-produced.
  • 1979
    Age 40
    In 1979, Voight once again put on boxing gloves, starring in 1979's remake of the 1931 Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper vehicle, The Champ, with Voight playing the part of an alcoholic ex-heavyweight and a young Ricky Schroder playing the role of his adoring son.
    More Details Hide Details The film was an international success, but less popular with American audiences.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film included a much-talked-about love scene between the two. Jane Fonda won her second Best Actress award for her role, and Voight won for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
  • 1975
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 34
    Voight played a directionless young boxer in 1973's The All American Boy, then appeared in the 1974 film, Conrack, directed by Martin Ritt.
    More Details Hide Details Based on Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel The Water Is Wide, Voight portrayed the title character, an idealistic young schoolteacher sent to teach underprivileged black children on a remote South Carolina island. The same year he appeared in The Odessa File, based on Frederick Forsyth's thriller, as Peter Miller, a young German journalist who discovers a conspiracy to protect former Nazis still operating within Germany. This film first teamed him with the actor-director Maximilian Schell, who acted out a character named and based on the "Butcher of Riga" Eduard Roschmann, and for whom Voight would appear in 1976's End of the Game, a psychological thriller based on a story by Swiss novelist and playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
  • 1972
    Age 33
    Voight next appeared in 1972's Deliverance.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by John Boorman, from a script that poet James Dickey had helped to adapt from his novel of the same name, it tells the story of a canoe trip gone awry in a feral, backwoods America. The film and the performances of Voight and co-star Burt Reynolds received great critical acclaim and were popular with audiences.
  • 1971
    Age 32
    He married actress Marcheline Bertrand in 1971. They separated in 1976, filed for divorce in 1978, and divorced in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Their children, James Haven (born May 11, 1973) and Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975), would go on to enter the film business, Haven as an actor and producer, and Jolie as a film star in her own right. Voight was estranged from his children for several years, but they reconciled in 2007 after Bertrand's death.
  • 1970
    Age 31
    In 1970, Voight appeared in Mike Nichols' adaptation of Catch-22, and re-teamed with director Paul Williams to star in The Revolutionary, as a left wing college student struggling with his conscience.
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  • 1969
    Age 30
    In 1969, Voight was cast in the groundbreaking Midnight Cowboy, a film that would make his career.
    More Details Hide Details Voight played Joe Buck, a naïve male hustler from Texas, adrift in New York City. He comes under the tutelage of Dustin Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo, a tubercular petty thief and con artist. The film explored late 1960s New York and the development of an unlikely, but poignant friendship between the two main characters. Directed by John Schlesinger and based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy, the film struck a chord with critics and audiences. Because of its controversial themes, the film was released with an X rating and would make history by being the only X-rated feature to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Both Voight and co-star Hoffman were nominated for Best Actor, but lost out to John Wayne in True Grit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 29
    In 1968 Voight took a role in director Paul Williams's Out of It.
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  • 1967
    Age 28
    Voight also took a small role in 1967's western, Hour of the Gun, directed by veteran helmer John Sturges.
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    Voight's film debut did not come until 1967, when he took a part in Phillip Kaufman's crimefighter spoof, Fearless Frank.
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  • 1965
    Age 26
    His theatre career took off in January 1965, playing Rodolfo in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in an Off-Broadway revival.
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  • 1963
    Age 24
    In the early 1960s, Voight found work in television, appearing in several episodes of Gunsmoke, between 1963 and 1968, as well as guest spots on Naked City, and The Defenders, both in 1963, and Twelve O'Clock High, in 1966.
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  • 1962
    Age 23
    In 1962, Voight married actress Lauri Peters, whom he met when they both appeared in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. They divorced in 1967.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, Voight moved to New York City, where he pursued an acting career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has two brothers, Barry Voight (born 1937), a former volcanologist at Pennsylvania State University, and Wesley Voight (born March 21, 1940), known as Chip Taylor, a singer-songwriter who wrote "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning." Voight's paternal grandfather and his paternal grandmother's parents were Slovak immigrants, while his maternal grandfather and his maternal grandmother's parents were German immigrants. Voight was raised as a Catholic and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, where he first took an interest in acting, playing the comedic role of Count Pepi Le Loup in the school's annual musical, The Song of Norway.
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