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Also Known As: Jonathan Vincent Voight Died:
Born: December 29, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yonkers, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter

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Ever since he made his way into the American consciousness with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Joe Buck, the naïve Texan-turned-New York City hustler in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), actor Jon Voight was associated with the angst and unruliness that typified the late-1960s counterculture. Prior to his breakthrough role, Voight had earned acclaim as a gifted performer on both stage and screen. But once he came into his own, the actor went on to star in some of the most important works of cinema being made by the New Hollywood of the 1970s. Following a supporting turn as the wheeling-dealing Milo Minderbinder in "Catch-22" (1970), he gave a sensitive portrayal of the intellectual Ed in the seminal "Deliverance" (1972). But it was his Academy Award-winning turn as an injured Vietnam veteran looking to heal both spiritually and physically in "Coming Home" (1978) that cemented his place in cinema history. Though he faltered a bit during the first half of the 1980s, Voight re-emerged with another award-worthy performance; this time playing a brutal escaped convict in "Runaway Train" (1985), which helped take his career in a new direction. He reached blockbuster status with supporting roles as various bad...

Ever since he made his way into the American consciousness with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Joe Buck, the naïve Texan-turned-New York City hustler in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), actor Jon Voight was associated with the angst and unruliness that typified the late-1960s counterculture. Prior to his breakthrough role, Voight had earned acclaim as a gifted performer on both stage and screen. But once he came into his own, the actor went on to star in some of the most important works of cinema being made by the New Hollywood of the 1970s. Following a supporting turn as the wheeling-dealing Milo Minderbinder in "Catch-22" (1970), he gave a sensitive portrayal of the intellectual Ed in the seminal "Deliverance" (1972). But it was his Academy Award-winning turn as an injured Vietnam veteran looking to heal both spiritually and physically in "Coming Home" (1978) that cemented his place in cinema history. Though he faltered a bit during the first half of the 1980s, Voight re-emerged with another award-worthy performance; this time playing a brutal escaped convict in "Runaway Train" (1985), which helped take his career in a new direction. He reached blockbuster status with supporting roles as various bad guys in "Mission: Impossible" (1996), "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "Varsity Blues" (1999), while earning more acclaim for his portrayal of sportscaster Howard Cosell in "Ali" (2001) and President FDR in "Pearl Harbor" (2001). Despite some bad press regarding his well-known estrangement with daughter and superstar Angelina Jolie and a hard right-turn into national politics, Voight nonetheless remained one of the more respected actors of his generation.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Tin Soldier, The (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 JL Family Ranch (2016)
4.
 Woodlawn (2015)
7.
 Casting By (2013)
8.
 Getaway (2013)
9.
 Pride and Glory (2008)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Returned to Broadway in "That Summer, That Fall"
1970:
Acted with Jennifer Salt (daughter of "Midnight Cowboy" screenwriter Waldo Salt) and Duvall in Paul Williams' "The Revolutionary"
1973:
Portrayed author-teacher Pat Conroy in the semi-autobiographical "Conrack"
1974:
Gave solid performance as German journalist on the trail of Nazis in the early 60s, single-handedly elevating the otherwise plodding "The Odessa File"
1979:
Headlined the Franco Zeffirelli-directed remake of the sentimental "The Champ"
1983:
Produced the feature "Table for Five"; also starred
1986:
Delivered solid performance as an embittered, alcoholic WWII hero reduced to running a gas station in "Desert Bloom"
1990:
Wrote and played dual role in direct-to-video release, "Eternity"
1995:
TV directing debut, "The Tin Soldier" on Showtime (also acted); cited at the Berlin Film Festival as Best Children's Film
1997:
Was virtually unrecognizable as a wily blind Native American in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn"
1997:
Garnered praise for his supporting role as a slick lawyer in "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker'"
1998:
Portrayed an Irish policeman on the trail of notorious Irish thief Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General"
1999:
Appeared as Noah in NBC miniseries "Noah's Ark"
2002:
Cast as the coach of the Buffalo Bills in the TNT movie "Second String"
2004:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage and Harvey Keitel in "National Treasure"
2004:
Starred in "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" (ABC) based on the book by Mitch Albom; received a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2007:
Co-starred with Nicholas Cage in the Marvel Comics-inspired "Ghost Rider"
2007:
Played a US Secretary of State in Michael Bay's live action film, "Transformers"
2007:
Reprised role opposite Nicolas Cage in "National Treasure; Book of Secrets"
2008:
Played Jonas Hodges, the villain, in the seventh season of the Fox drama "24"
2010:
Cast as Clint Thatcher, a Texas oil tycoon, on the short-lived FOX series "Lone Star"
2012:
Appeared in forgettable thriller "Beyond"
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Education

Archbishop Stepinac High School: White Plains , New York - 1956
The Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1960
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York - 1960 - 1964

Notes

"Being an actor and having success, you start thinking there must be something special about you. This is a big mistake. It's 'I can have anything I want now.' So what do you want? I felt guilty. I wore my ordinariness on my sleeve. Now I'm grateful for my celebrity. It allows me to focus on people who can't speak for themselves, help organizations that do good." --Jon Voight quoted in Cable Guide, April 1991.

About getting his first Broadway part: "I was standing in a rainstorm in New York and a fellow drove up on one of those little motorscooters and saw the drenched person and asked if I wanted a ride. I said yes, and when I told him I was an actor, he asked if I wanted representation! He managed musical acts, and I said, 'That's fine with me!' I had a cold the day I auditioned for 'The Sound of Music' and sang a little better than usual, but I was so used to them saying 'Thank you' and walking away that when my manager caught me at the stage door with fear in his eyes and said, 'They want you for the part!' I said, 'You go back in there and tell them I can't sing!' He said, 'I can't tell Richard Rogers [sic] you can't sing--Richard Rogers [sic] is out there himself.' That's how I got the part." --Voight to Movieline, May 1997.

Regarding his absence from feature films from 1986-1994: "I had many other things happening. For about five years, my mother was quite ill. She passed on December 1995. Those years she was ill, my brothers and I spent a lot of time focusing on her. It was a moment of great bonding for all of us as a family. I tried everything I could do to work close to her.

"But I also wanted to look for things that she could come and do with me that would be fun. I think it was that energy that prompted me to get to working in a big picture. I remember very clearly I wanted to take her on something that was exciting for her. I got a call from Tom Cruise's company [about doing "Mission: Impossible"] and I met with [director] Brian De Palma. I was able to tell my mother we were going to go to Prague and London. She was so excited about the adventure. She had a wonderful time." --Jon Voight to the Los Angeles Times, November 11, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lauri Peters. Actor. Married in 1962; divorced in 1967; met during Broadway run of "The Sound of Music" in NYC.
wife:
Marcheline Bertrand. Married on December 12, 1971; divorced; mother of Voight's two children.
companion:
Eileen Davidson. Actor. Dated briefly c. 1989-90 when they appeared together in "Eternity".

Family close complete family listing

father:
Elmer Voight. Professional golfer. Czechoslovakian immigrant who went to work as a caddy at the age of eight; died in 1973 after being hit by a car.
mother:
Barbara Voight. Died in December 1995 of cancer at age 85; took over directing duties (as substitute teacher) of Voight's first play when he was in the sixth grade.
brother:
Chip Taylor. Musician, songwriter. Wrote the rock 'n' roll anthem "Wild Thing".
brother:
Barry Voight. Volcanologist.
son:
James Haven Voight. Actor, director. Born c. 1973; mother, Marcheline Bertrand; played small role in HBO movie "Gia" (1998), starring his sister.
daughter:
Angelina Jolie Voight. Actor. Born in 1975; mother Marcheline Bertrand; acted with father in "Lookin' to Get Out" (1982) and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001).
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