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Jon Voight is an Academy Award winning American actor best known for his role in the film ‘Coming Home.’ This biography of Jon Voight provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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BirthdayDecember 29, 1938
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesMarcheline Bertrand
SiblingsBarry Voight, Chip Taylor
Known asJohn Voight, Jonathan Vincent Voight, Jonathan Vincent
Childrens Angelina Jolie
Universities
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Archbishop Stepinac High School
Birth PlaceYonkers
ReligionCatholicism
Height189cm
GenderMale
FatherElmer Voight
MotherBarbara Voight
Net Worth$55 million as of Jan 3,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inYonkers
Famous asActor

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Who is Jon Voight?

Jon Voight is an Academy Award winning American actor best known for his role in the film ‘Coming Home.’ A critically acclaimed character actor, he is also the recipient of four Golden Globe Awards and several other prestigious accolades. The son of a Czechoslovakian-American professional golfer, he became interested in acting while in high school. Following his graduation from the Catholic University of America, he proceeded to pursue an acting career in New York City. He ventured into theater where he found considerable success which enabled him to find television work as well. Even though he started appearing in films in the mid-1960s, it was not until after a few years that he began to enjoy mainstream success. His performance as young Joe Buck in the drama film ‘Midnight Cowboy’ earned him an Academy Award nomination and launched his Hollywood career. Over the next two decades he acted in a number of notable films and also had his share of flops which threatened his career time and again. His portrayal of Nate in ‘Heat’ in the mid-1990s re-established him as a much sought-after star. In the recent years, he has enjoyed tremendous success not only as a character actor on the silver screen, but also on television.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight was born on December 29, 1938, in Yonkers, New York, to Barbara and Elmer Voight. His father was a professional golfer. He has two brothers. He is of mixed ancestry.

Raised a Catholic, he was sent to Archbishop Stepinac High School. It was here that he discovered his love for acting while performing in school plays. He graduated in 1956 and joined The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed his B.A. in 1960, majoring in art.

Career

Following his graduation he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. His initial years were not easy, but he did not give up. He began appearing in television during the early 1960s, acting in several episodes of ‘Gunsmoke’, between 1962 and 1966.

In the mid-1960s his theater career took off and he enjoyed a stint in Broadway. Theater paved the way for films and he made his first film appearance in ‘Fearless Frank’ in 1967.

In 1969, he was cast as Joe Buck, a naive male hustler, in the drama film ‘Midnight Cowboy.’ The film, which explores the poignant friendship between the two main characters, played by Voight and Dustin Hoffman, proved to be a critical success which effectively launched young Voight’s career.

He played Ed Gentry in the dramatic thriller ‘Deliverance’ in 1972. The movie was a critical success and Voight’s performance especially received great critical acclaim and was popular with audiences.

Over the 1970s he appeared in several hit films like ‘Conrack’ (1974), ‘The Odessa File’ (1974), ‘End of the Game’ (1976), and ‘Coming Home’ (1978). In 1979, Voight played the part of an alcoholic ex-heavyweight in the remake of the 1931 film ‘The Champ’ which went on to become an international hit.

His career slowed down a bit during the 1980s. For many years he went without any notable film but finally made a mark with his role as Oscar "Manny" Manheim in the survival-thriller film ‘Runaway Train’ in 1985 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

In the 1990s, he became active on television and appeared in the television movie ‘Chernobyl: The Final Warning’ in 1991, followed by ‘The Last of his Tribe’, in 1992. He also acted in ‘The Rainbow Warrior’ in 1992, the story of the ill-fated Greenpeace ship sunk by French operatives in the Auckland Harbor.

In 1996, he shared the screen with Tom Cruise in the action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible’ which went on to become a blockbuster. In 1997, he made some bad choices and appeared in the films ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Most Wanted’ and was nominated for Razzie Award for Worst Actor for both these films.

His film career saw a resurgence in the 2000s, with his being cast as the journalist Howard Cosell in the film ‘Ali’ in a short but crucial role. His television career continued to thrive with many award winning performances.

Despite his advancing age Jon Voight refuses to slow down and continues to be a much sought-after character actor in Hollywood. Recently he played football coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant in ‘Woodlawn’ (2015).

Major Works

His portrayal of Luke Martin, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran, in the drama film ‘Coming Home’ is one of his most memorable roles. His poignant portrayal of a traumatized war veteran who falls in love with a married woman earned him several accolades including an Academy Award.

He played Howard Cosell, an American sports journalist, in the biographical sports drama film ‘Ali’, which was based on the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali. He was nominated for an academy award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘Coming home’ (1978). He also won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for the same.

He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for playing Oscar 'Manny' Manheim in ‘Runaway Train’ (1985).

Personal Life & Legacy

His first marriage was to actress Lauri Peters in 1962 which ended in 1967.

In 1971 he married actress Marcheline Bertrand and had two children with her. Both their children—James Haven and Angelina Jolie—went on to make a name for themselves in the Hollywood. Jon Voight and Marcheline divorced in 1980 after years of separation.

Net Worth

Jon Voight has an estimated net worth of $55 million.

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Jon Voight awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1979Best Actor in a Leading RoleComing Home (1978)

Golden Globe Awards

2014Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRay Donovan (2013)
1986Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaRunaway Train (1985)
1979Best Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaComing Home (1978)
1970Most Promising Newcomer - MaleMidnight Cowboy (1969)

BAFTA Awards

1970Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesMidnight Cowboy (1969)

Jon Voight biography timelines

  • // 29th Dec 1938
    Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight was born on December 29, 1938, in Yonkers, New York, to Barbara and Elmer Voight. His father was a professional golfer. He has two brothers. He is of mixed ancestry.
  • // 1956 To 1960
    Raised a Catholic, he was sent to Archbishop Stepinac High School. It was here that he discovered his love for acting while performing in school plays. He graduated in 1956 and joined The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed his B.A. in 1960, majoring in art.
  • // 1962 To 1966
    Following his graduation he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. His initial years were not easy, but he did not give up. He began appearing in television during the early 1960s, acting in several episodes of ‘Gunsmoke’, between 1962 and 1966.
  • // 1962 To 1967
    His first marriage was to actress Lauri Peters in 1962 which ended in 1967.
  • // 1967
    In the mid-1960s his theater career took off and he enjoyed a stint in Broadway. Theater paved the way for films and he made his first film appearance in ‘Fearless Frank’ in 1967.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he was cast as Joe Buck, a naive male hustler, in the drama film ‘Midnight Cowboy.’ The film, which explores the poignant friendship between the two main characters, played by Voight and Dustin Hoffman, proved to be a critical success which effectively launched young Voight’s career.
  • // 1971 To 1980
    In 1971 he married actress Marcheline Bertrand and had two children with her. Both their children—James Haven and Angelina Jolie—went on to make a name for themselves in the Hollywood. Jon Voight and Marcheline divorced in 1980 after years of separation.
  • // 1972
    He played Ed Gentry in the dramatic thriller ‘Deliverance’ in 1972. The movie was a critical success and Voight’s performance especially received great critical acclaim and was popular with audiences.
  • // 1978
    He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘Coming home’ (1978). He also won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for the same.
  • // 1985
    His career slowed down a bit during the 1980s. For many years he went without any notable film but finally made a mark with his role as Oscar "Manny" Manheim in the survival-thriller film ‘Runaway Train’ in 1985 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • // 1985
    He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for playing Oscar 'Manny' Manheim in ‘Runaway Train’ (1985).
  • // 1996 To 1997
    In 1996, he shared the screen with Tom Cruise in the action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible’ which went on to become a blockbuster. In 1997, he made some bad choices and appeared in the films ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Most Wanted’ and was nominated for Razzie Award for Worst Actor for both these films.
  • // 2015
    Despite his advancing age Jon Voight refuses to slow down and continues to be a much sought-after character actor in Hollywood. Recently he played football coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant in ‘Woodlawn’ (2015).

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    Jon Voight was born in Yonkers

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    Jon Voight's nationalities is American

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    Jon Voight's spouses is Marcheline Bertrand

  • Who is Jon Voight siblings?

    Jon Voight's siblings is Barry Voight, Chip Taylor

  • Who is Jon Voight childrens?

    Jon Voight's childrens is Angelina Jolie

  • What was Jon Voight universities?

    Jon Voight studied at The Catholic University of America, Archbishop Stepinac High School

  • What is Jon Voight's religion?

    Jon Voight's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Jon Voight?

    Jon Voight's height is 189

  • Who is Jon Voight's father?

    Jon Voight's father is Elmer Voight

  • Who is Jon Voight's mother?

    Jon Voight's mother is Barbara Voight

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    Jon Voight is Capricorn

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