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|Birth Place:||Yonkers, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
"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.
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