Jon Voight

Actor, Producer, Director
Ever since he made his way into the American consciousness with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Joe Buck, the nave Texan-turned-New York City hustler in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), actor Jon Voight was associated with ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

Ray Donovan 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Woodlawn 2015 (Movie)

Paul "Bear" Bryant (Actor)

Baby Geniuses And The Space Baby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ghost Vision 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rainbow Warrior 2014 (Movie)

Peter Willcox (Actor)

Solo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Getaway 2013 (Movie)

The Voice (Actor)

Beyond 2012 (Movie)

Jon Koski (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Lone Star 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

24 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

George Washington (Actor)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Creighton (Actor)

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

Francis Tierney, Sr. (Actor)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bratz: The Movie 2007 (Movie)

Principal Berkman (Actor)

National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 (Movie)

Patrick Gates (Actor)

September Dawn 2007 (Movie)

Jacob Samuelson (Actor)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Defense Secretary John Keller (Actor)

Glory Road 2006 (Movie)

Adolph Rupp (Actor)

Pope John Paul II 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Dog 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Idol: The Phenomenon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

Patrick Gates (Actor)

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 2004 (Movie)

Bill Biscayne / Kane (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Senator Thomas Jordan (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Holes 2003 (Movie)

Mr Sir (Actor)

Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Howard Cosell (Actor)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 (Movie)

Lord Croft (Actor)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

President Franklin D Roosevelt (Actor)

Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

Larry Zoolander (Actor)

Farm Aid '99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dog of Flanders 1999 (Movie)

Michel La Grande (Actor)

An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

Coach Kilmer (Actor)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

Reynolds (Actor)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The General 1998 (Movie)

Inspector Ned Kenny (Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Paul Sarone (Actor)

Boys Will Be Boys 1997 (Movie)

Lieutenant Palladino (Actor)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Leo F Drummond (Actor)

Most Wanted 1997 (Movie)

Casey/Woodward (Actor)

Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

John Wright (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Blind Man (Actor)

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

Jim Phelps (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Nate (Actor)

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Edition 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Chernobyl: The Final Warning 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Eternity 1990 (Movie)

James/Edward (Actor)

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Unauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Bloom 1986 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Barbour Report 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

Table for Five 1983 (Movie)

J P Tannen (Actor)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

Alex Kovac (Actor)

The Champ 1979 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Luke Martin (Actor)

Conrack 1974 (Movie)

Pat Conroy (Actor)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

Walter Tyschanz (Actor)

The Odessa File 1973 (Movie)

Peter Miller (Actor)

Deliverance 1972 (Movie)

Ed Gentry (Actor)

The All-American Boy 1972 (Movie)

Vic Bealer (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Milo Minderbinder (Actor)

The Revolutionary 1970 (Movie)

A (Actor)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Joe Buck (Actor)

Out of It 1969 (Movie)

Russ (Actor)

Fearless Frank 1968 (Movie)

Frank/False Frank (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Curly Bill Brocious (Actor)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Convict Cowboy (TV Show)

Actor

Jasper, Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Second String (TV Show)

Actor

The Fixer (TV Show)

Actor

The Last of His Tribe (TV Show)

Actor

The Tin Soldier (TV Show)

Actor

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Table for Five 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Princess and the Barrio Boy (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Eternity 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Tin Soldier (TV Show)

Director

Biography

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.

Relationships

Marcheline Bertrand Actor

Wife
Married December 12, 1971 separated in 1976 divorced in 1978 mother of Voight's two children, Angelina Jolie and James Haven died from ovarian cancer in January 2007

Eileen Davidson Actor

Companion
Dated briefly c. 1989-90, when they appeared together in "Eternity" (1989)

Angelina Jolie Actor

Daughter
Estranged from father

Lauri Peters

Wife
Married from 1962 until 1967 met during Broadway run of "The Sound of Music" in NYC

Chip Taylor

Brother
Wrote the rock 'n' roll anthem "Wild Thing"

Barbara Voight

Mother
Took over directing duties (as substitute teacher) of Voight's first play when he was in the sixth grade died of cancer in December 1995 at age 85

Angelina Voight

Daughter
Born in 1975 mother, Marcheline Bertrand acted with father in "Lookin' to Get Out" (1982) and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001)

James Voight

Son
Born c. 1973 mother, Marcheline Bertrand played small role in HBO movie "Gia" (1998), starring his sister

Barry Voight

Brother

Elmer Voight

Father
Czechoslovakian immigrant who went to work as a caddy at the age of eight died in 1973 after being hit by a car

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1960 - 1964
Trained with Sanford Meisner

Studied acting with Samantha Harper

Archbishop Stepinac High School

White Plains , New York 1956
Played the role of Puck in a production of "Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"

The Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C. 1960
Acted in school productions

Milestones

2010

Cast as Clint Thatcher, a Texas oil tycoon, on the short-lived FOX series "Lone Star"

2008

Played Jonas Hodges, the villain, in the seventh season of the Fox drama "24"

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"

2005

Earned an Emmy nomination for playing John Paul during his papacy in the CBS miniseries "Pope John Paul II"

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

2004

Portrayed Senator Thomas Jordan in the remake of the 1962 thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"

2002

Cast as the coach of the Buffalo Bills in the TNT movie "Second String"

2001

Portrayed Howard Cosell in the biopic "Ali"; directed by Michael Mann; earned a Best Supporting Oscar nomination

2001

Played on screen father of real-life daughter Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"

2001

Portrayed US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Pearl Harbor"

1999

Played "win-at-all-costs" Texas high school football coach in "Varsity Blues"

1999

Appeared as Noah in NBC miniseries "Noah's Ark"

1998

Portrayed an Irish policeman on the trail of notorious Irish thief Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General"

1998

Scored big as a ruthless National Security Agency official in "Enemy of the State"

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'"

1996

Cast as Jim Phelps in the feature "Mission: Impossible"

1995

Co-starred as a thief in "Heat", directed by Michael Mann

1995

TV directing debut, "The Tin Soldier" on Showtime (also acted); cited at the Berlin Film Festival as Best Children's Film

1994

Filed a $4 million sexual-harassment suit against former business partner Laura Pels; later withdrew the suit

1994

Guest-starred as himself in an episode of "Seinfield" (NBC)

1993

Succeeded Tommy Lee Jones as ex-Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the CBS miniseries sequel "Return to Lonesome Dove"

1992

Returned to the stage after a 16-year absence as Trigorin in the Broadway production, "The Sea Gull"

1991

TV-movie debut, played Dr. Robert Gale in "Chernobyl: The Final Warning" on TNT

1990

Wrote and played dual role in direct-to-video release, "Eternity"

1986

Delivered solid performance as an embittered, alcoholic WWII hero reduced to running a gas station in "Desert Bloom"

1985

Garnered a third Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his slightly over-the-top portrayal of a brutal escaped convict in "Runaway Train"

1983

Produced the feature "Table for Five"; also starred

1982

Feature producing and co-writing debut, "Lookin' to Get Out"; directed by Hal Ashby; also acted; daughter Angelina Jolie Voight made her film acting debut as a child

1979

Headlined the Franco Zeffirelli-directed remake of the sentimental "The Champ"

1977

Earned Best Actor Oscar as a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Hal Ashby's "Coming Home"; film reprised "Midnight Cowboy" collaboration of screenwriter Salt and producer Jerry Hellman

1975

Stage co-producing debut, "The Hashish Club"

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"

1973

Portrayed author-teacher Pat Conroy in the semi-autobiographical "Conrack"

1972

Co-starred in John Boorman's "Deliverance"

1969

Cast in the Mike Nichols directed, "Catch-22"

1969

Acted with Jennifer Salt (daughter of "Midnight Cowboy" screenwriter Waldo Salt) and Duvall in Paul Williams' "The Revolutionary"

1968

Breakthrough screen role as Joe Buck opposite Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo in John Schlesinger's "Midnight Cowboy"; received Best Actor Academy Award nomination; had auditioned for role and then lost it to Michael Sarrazin; when Universal wouldn't release Sarraz

1967

Returned to Broadway in "That Summer, That Fall"

1965

Acted with Robert Duvall in Off-Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"; assistant to the director Ulu Grossbard was Dustin Hoffman

1964

Film debut, "Fearless Frank" (shot in 1964; shown at Cannes in 1967; US release 1969)

1961

Broadway debut, playing Rolf Gruber in "The Sound of Music"; appeared opposite first wife Lauri Peters who played Liesl

1961

Off-Broadway debut, "O Oysters Revue"

Raised in Yonkers, NY

Formed Jon Voight Entertainment (JVE)

Lobbied unsuccessfully for the part of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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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

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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, Nov. 11, 1997

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