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Overview (3)

Born in Yonkers, New York, USA
Birth NameJonathan Vincent Voight
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Anaconda (1997), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Transformers (2007). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.

Spouse (2)

Marcheline Bertrand (12 December 1971 - 14 April 1980) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Lauri Peters (30 April 1962 - 1967) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Models a unique voice and accent for each role

Trivia (33)

His younger brother is songwriter Wes Voight who, under the alias Chip Taylor, wrote The Troggs' 1966 smash hit "Wild Thing". His other songs include "Angel of the Morning" (Merrilee Rush) and "I Can't Let Go" (The Hollies).
Godfather of Skyler Shaye.
Attended Archbishop Stepinac High School, an all-boy school in White Plains, NY.
Was cast as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor (2001) after Gene Hackman declined the role. Hackman's wife was of Japanese ancestry, and appearing in a film about the Japanese attack that precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II would have been painful for her, so Hackman turned down the role.
His father Elmer Voytka, later Voight (born 29 October 1909 and died June 1973), was a professional golfer.
Honored at a fundraiser for Joseph Papp Children's Humanitarian Fund in New York City in May 2002.
Attended and graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1960. Changed his major after his freshman year from Speech and Drama to Art. Fellow classmate was Henry Gibson.
His paternal grandfather, George Voytka, was a Slovak immigrant and his paternal grandmother Nellie was of Slovak ancestry. His mother Barbara Kamp (Barbara Voight) (born in New York, 7 January 1910 and died in Palm Beach County, FL, 3 December 1995) was the daughter of Joseph Kamp, a German immigrant, and wife Margaret Franz, also the daughter of German immigrants.
Has played father to Ricky Schroder twice: The first time in The Champ (1979) and the second time in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993).
In 1982, as a presenter, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Katharine Hepburn, who was not present at the awards ceremony.
In 1970 he accepted the Oscar for Best Director on behalf of John Schlesinger, who was not present at the awards ceremony. Schlesinger directed Voight in Midnight Cowboy (1969).
Turned down the role of Matt Hooper in Jaws (1975), which went to Richard Dreyfuss.
In 1993 he took over the role of Woodrow F. Call from Tommy Lee Jones in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993). Three years later he was succeeded by Jonny Lee Miller, who played the younger version of Call in Dead Man's Walk (1996). That same year Miller married Voight's daughter, Angelina Jolie, making Voight a short-term father-in-law to his own successor.
Has played a boxer in two films: The All-American Boy (1973) and The Champ (1979). Was also in Ali (2001), but played the role of legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell.
Has played a coach in three films: Varsity Blues (1999), Glory Road (2006) and Woodlawn (2015).
Turned down the role of Oliver Barrett IV (played by Ryan O'Neal) in Love Story (1970), despite being offered 10% of the gross.
His eldest brother Barry Voight, a volcanologist, was a geology professor at Penn State University.
In an episode of Seinfeld (1989), George (Jason Alexander) buys a Chrysler Lebaron convertible he believes once belonged to Jon Voight only to discover that the previous owner was actually "John" Voight, a periodontist.
On December 9, 2001, he appeared as a surprise guest on Muppets Tonight (1996) dressed as a giant chicken with Gonzo the Great. The event was part of the first annual MuppetFest fan convention and a fundraiser for Save the Children.
Was considered for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Superman (1978), which went to Christopher Reeve.
Godparents of his daughter Angelina Jolie are Maximilian Schell and Jacqueline Bisset.
Grandfather of Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt (aka "Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt"), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Knox Léon Jolie-Pitt.
A hawk on the war on terror, he voted for George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. He actively supported Rudy Giuliani's campaign to win the Republican nomination in 2008, but later endorsed eventual nominee Sen. John McCain. He also attended the Republican National Convention in 2008. He was one of the very few American celebrities to declare his support for Donald Trump as president and spoke at his inauguration in 2017.
Has been asked, in real life, for "Billy Flynn's" autograph . . . and given it (Flynn was his fictional boxer-character from The Champ (1979)).
In 2000 he became involved with the Florida Holocaust Museum and worked very closely with then-Executive Director Larry Wasser (deceased 2003) and President John Loftus, famous U.S. Justice Department official, author and former prosecutor. Voight serves today as an advisory member of the organization's board.
In 2007 he worked as partner at Paul Productions.
Became a father for the first time at age 34 when his Marcheline Bertrand (his second ex-wife) gave birth to their son James Haven Voight, aka James Haven, on May 11, 1973.
Became a father for the second time at age 36 when Marcheline Bertrand, his second ex-wife, gave birth to their daughter Angelina Jolie Voight, aka Angelina Jolie, on June 4, 1975.
As of 2015 has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Midnight Cowboy (1969), Deliverance (1972) and Coming Home (1978). Of those, Midnight Cowboy (1969) is a winner in the category.
Former father-in-law of Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
The ringtone on his phone plays "Everybody's Talkin'" (from Midnight Cowboy (1969)).
He was the original choice for Apollo in Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais? (1967), but he was hired for another project.

Personal Quotes (23)

In most ways it was a damn good picture. But if we remade Midnight Cowboy (1969) today, the whole relationship between Buck and Ratso would have to be sexualized or at least made, you know, like in love... to be sexually or erotically honest.
If Washington is a two-party town, why can't Hollywood be one too?
[on Barack Obama] He's really extreme, but he's always trying to say something to cover it. He's like a Leftist from the Sixties. I was on the Left, that's why I know who he is. He says he'll talk to everybody like Hamas and Iran, but it's simple-minded candy he's throwing to the extreme left wing. He'd be the biggest disaster for Israel - and all democracies - that I can think of.
This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America. If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way.
I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.. the left have blood on their hands and I do too.
It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.
[on media comparisons between Megan Fox and his daughter Angelina Jolie] They're both very beautiful and they're both kind of sexy girls. Maybe Megan will start doing the things that Angie is so well known for. Angie is known for helping with kids and for her concern for others. I think that would be wonderful for all of the kids if Megan were to do the same.
[on Burt Reynolds] He's sensitive. He hides that from the public. People do that all the time. Actors do that. Burt is very sensitive. He puts on a strong face. That's all part of his macho reputation. He's not a whiner.
I went to Russia in 1991, right in the middle of glasnost.It was an amazing experience, to see what socialism and communism does to people. People have no enthusiasm. Guys in hotels would not look up, they would not look at you. Once you see that, you can't forget it. I don't want people to have the feeling of hopelessness I witnessed there, when you're working for the government and you don't have the freedom to do the things that you love.
I was raised Catholic - I fell in love with certain ideals. The idea of right and wrong, being righteous, acknowledging when you make a mistake, repentance - all these important things I got from my Catholic background.
I'm interested in knowing about the truth and acting on it. That's it.
[on turning down Superman (1978)] I was being completely miscast. I'm thin, I have a broken nose, I am not classically good-looking. I mean, if you put me next to this new Superman, this Henry Cavill, you would laugh, and ask: "What's that skinny guy doing next to Superman?"
If people disagree with me, that's no big deal to me, except that it is a very important disagreement.
I made a lot of mistakes as a young father. I made a lot of mistakes as a young man. I paid dearly, and my children paid dearly.
And now I hear Obama trying to convince the American people that if we give up our nuclear weapons, this will set a fine example and all other countries will follow suit. What a dangerous and naive notion that is. If President Reagan wasn't such a powerful force of strength, we never would have seen Premier Gorbachev take down the Berlin Wall.
I met Marcheline. We had our ups and downs. I finally said, "Let's get married." I don't know how I made that decision. I wasn't as stable as I should have been at that time. I got off and made mistakes. The marriage dissolved and I have regrets... When people say they are going to get divorced, I say, "Don't do it. You had love between you and you can find that again. You must do it for the kids because a divorce is a terrible scar." I didn't know that then.
We were traumatized in the Sixties and all of that behavior-the dancing in circles, the smoking pot and saying "all we need is love"-it was because we couldn't identify evil; we couldn't believe in evil-we didn't want to believe in evil so we just hid from it. It was a very disturbing time. Some of it-let everybody do their thing and all that stuff-was OK in terms of getting to the truth of things and that was a nice energy. But, really, overwhelmingly, it was a very bizarre, selfish and hedonistic philosophy that wasn't very helpful. It attacked the family-the attack on the family was very severe because not only was there this idea of indiscriminate love and that would solve the world's problems, which gave rise to teen pregnancy, but also this idea not to trust anyone over 30. This was from people who were over 30 and bombed out of their minds with every kind of drug they could put into their system. Then there was the romanticization of the drugs-there were people coming out with pseudo scientific evidence that drugs increase your enlightenment-it was devastating. Today, I find that people look back at that time in a romantic way and that's as dangerous as anything is. It wasn't a romantic time. It was a time of great distortion.
[President Obama] wants to legalize all the illegal Mexicans, and every other illegal immigrant from other countries as well. Why? For their vote, for the 2016 election, for the Democrats. It will make no difference on the billions of dollars it will cost the American tax payers.
Initially, when they said, "Would you come and do something on 'Seinfeld,'" I said, "Well, there's a very good team of actors. That's a good ensemble, sure. Sure, I'd do something for you guys. I thought it was just a walk-on and that would be it. But then I read the script and my name was all over the script. It was quite shocking, but fun. It was a big compliment, so I was delighted with it and very honored by it actually.
[of Deliverance (1972)] It was made after the Vietnam War, and something happened in the '60s. It was an attack on manhood, in a certain way. And that was a part of it. It had depth in that time. People didn't know it; I'm sure that you could talk to a thousand people and not one of them would come up with it. But I went through that time and I went through those questions about myself, when people were going off to war, and I didn't want to go off to war. I joined the Reserves because I didn't want to go fight, but if my number was gonna come up, I was gonna go fight, and I would have been very complicated about that, you know, psychically. And yet other guys were fighting and dying for the freedom of another group of people across the world. It was an amazing thing. Part of the anti-war movement was on some principle, and a whole bunch of it was cowardice. So what was the American male at that time? I think there was an underlying theme of that in the picture, when a guy has to go up and kill somebody who's threatening to kill him and his buddy.
[on Deliverance (1972)] We shot some of the movie in one take. We didn't shoot a lot of extra footage. I had one moment where I didn't think I could maneuver the canoe. We were on the rapids and we couldn't hesitate. And I told director John Boorman this and he said, "Give me the damn oar!" He had less training that we had, and he jumped in and grabbed the oar, went down the river, went over the thing and under the thing, and turned around, came back to us and said, "Do it!" After that, everybody did it.
[on Deliverance (1972)] What is heroism? How do you confront evil? I feel that that's part of the movie's resonance.
I'm a character actor, and I've always been a character actor.

Salary (1)

Midnight Cowboy (1969) $17,000

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