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Jon Voight

Jon Voight
Voight in 2006
Personal information
Birth nameJonathan Vincent Voight
Birth dateDecember 29, 1938(age 76)
Place of birthYonkers, New York, U.S.
EducationArchbishop Stepinac High School
Alma materThe Catholic University of America
Years active1958 present
Political partyRepublican
SpouseLauri Peters (1962 1967; divorced)
Marcheline Bertrand (1971 1980; divorced)
ChildrenJames Haven
Angelina Jolie
ParentsBarbara (kamp) Voight,
Elmer Voight
RelativesChip Taylor (brother)

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Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight (born December 29, 1938) 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). During the 1970s, he became a Hollywood star with his portrayals of a businessman mixed up with murder in Deliverance (1972), a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Coming Home (1978), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and a penniless ex-boxing champion in The Champ (1979).

Although his output slowed during the 1980s, Voight received critical acclaim for his performance as a ruthless bank robber in Runaway Train (1985). During the 1990s, he most notably starred as an unscrupulous showman attorney in The Rainmaker (1997). Voight gave critically acclaimed biographical performances during the 2000s, appearing as sportscaster Howard Cosell in Ali (2001), as Nazi officer Jürgen Stroop in Uprising (2001), and as Pope John Paul II in the television film of the same name (2005).

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