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Jon Voight in Los Angeles in October 2011
Jonathan Vincent Voight
December 29, 1938
(m. 1962–1967, divorced)
(m. 1971–1978, divorced)
|Relatives||Barry Voight, Chip Taylor (brothers)|
Jonathan Vincent Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an American actor. He is the winner of one Academy Award, having been nominated for four. He has also won four Golden Globe Awards and has so far been nominated for eleven. He is the father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven.
Voight came to prominence in the late 1960s with his Oscar-nominated performance in Midnight Cowboy (1969). During the 1970s, he became a Hollywood star in Deliverance (1972); a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Coming Home (1978), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role; and a penniless ex-boxing champion in the remake of The Champ (1979).
Voight made a comeback in Hollywood during the mid-1990s, starring in Heat (1995) opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. He portrayed Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1996), a corrupt NSA agent in Enemy of the State (1998), and the unscrupulous attorney Leo F. Drummond in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker (1997), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
His film and television career has been very extensive during his time as an actor with him starring in many different roles.
Voight also appears in Showtime's Ray Donovan TV series,now in its sixth season,as Mickey Donovan, a role that brought him newfound critical and audience acclaim and his fourth Golden Globe win in 2014.
Voight was born in Yonkers, New York. He has two brothers, Barry Voight (born 1937), a former volcanologist at Pennsylvania State University, and Wesley Voight (born March 21, 1940), known as Chip Taylor, a singer-songwriter who wrote "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning."
Voight was raised as a Catholic and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, where he first took an interest in acting, playing in the school's annual musical. Following his graduation in 1956, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he majored in art and graduated with a B.A. in 1960. After graduation, Voight moved to New York City, where he pursued an acting career.
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