Jon Voight Biography

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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Birthday: December 29, 1938

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 81 Years, 81 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: John Voight, Jonathan Vincent Voight, Jonathan Vincent

Born in: Yonkers

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Lauri Peters, Marcheline Bertrand

father: Elmer Voight

mother: Barbara Voight

siblings: Barry Voight, Chip Taylor

children: Angelina Jolie, James Haven

U.S. State: New Yorkers

City: Yonkers, New York

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education: The Catholic University of America, Archbishop Stepinac High School

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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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.

1. Midnight Cowboy (1969)


2. Deliverance (1972)

  (Adventure, Thriller, Drama)

3. Coming Home (1978)

  (Drama, War, Romance)

4. Conrack (1974)


5. Heat (1995)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action)

6. The Odessa File (1974)

  (Drama, Thriller)

7. Catch-22 (1970)

  (War, Drama, Comedy)

8. Runaway Train (1985)

  (Action, Drama, Adventure, Thriller)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1979 Best Actor in a Leading Role Coming Home (1978)
Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Ray Donovan (2013)
1986 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Runaway Train (1985)
1979 Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Coming Home (1978)
1970 Most Promising Newcomer - Male Midnight Cowboy (1969)
BAFTA Awards
1970 Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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