Jon Voight is an American actor whose rise to fame began in the 1960s when he appeared in many films such as Hour of the Gun, Midnight Cowboy, Out of It, and many others. While his personal success has always spoken for him, he is also the father of Angelina Jolie and James Haven, although his relationship with the former has always been bumpy.
Jon Voight Biography
The actor was born on December 29, 1938, in Yonkers, New York, as Jonathan Vincent Voight, son of a golf pro (Elmer Voight) and Barbara Voight (mother). He grew up with two siblings, Chip Taylor, a singer, and songwriter, and Barry Voight – a geologist, volcanologist, and writer.
He is of Slovak and German descent and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in New York, where he performed in school plays for the first time. From there he transferred to the Catholic University of America, where he obtained a degree in art.
Jon Voight, who was already planning to become a professional actor, went to New York immediately after graduation to pursue an acting career. He got his first role in Gunsmoke in 1963 when he was cast in several episodes of the series. In the same year, he was given roles in Naked City and The Defenders. He also starred in other television shows like Pope John Paul II. (2005), 24: The Redemption (2008), 24 (2009), Lone Star (2010), and Council Donovan (since 2013).
Apart from television, he has been involved in films more than anywhere else. He made his first film in 1967 when he played a role in Fearless Frank and The Hour of the Gun in the same year. In 1967 he starred in Midnight Cowboy and Out of It.
In 2001 he played the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor in 2001 and George Washington in An American Carol in 2008. His most recent appearances are in the films the Same kind of different as me (2017), Surviving the wild (2018), and Roe v. Wade (2019).
With over 80 films and films in his name and a career in the theater, Voight has won many awards including BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award. He has received even more nominations.
Daughter – Angelina Jolie And Wife
In 1962 the actor Lauri Peters got married and he met him when they worked together on the Broadway production of The Sound of Music. However, the marriage was to last only five years before it finally ended in 1967. The next woman who became his wife was another actress, Marcheline Bertrand, whom he married in 1971. Although they had two children together, James Haven and Angelina Jolie, the marriage ended in divorce in 1978 after being separated in 1976 when Jolie was only one year old.
The relationship between Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie remained rocky because he left the family when he did. Many years later, when she was accused of causing the divorce between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, she said it was unforgivable for her to have an affair with a married man because her father had cheated on her mother.
Although it is easy to assume that it was the success of her Voight that drove Angelina to act, this was not the case. As a child, she spent a lot of time watching movies with her mother to spark interest in an acting career.
After many years of their estranged relationship, Voight and his daughter reconciled in 2001 when they appeared in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but that was soon to deteriorate, forcing the actress to apply for the legal removal of the name Voight from her name, which was granted in 2002. Instead, she adopted her middle name, which she had always used professionally.
After Marcheline Bertrand’s death in 2007, Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie finally repaired her fences.
As a highly successful actor whose career spans over 5 decades, Jon has not only the fame to show for all his deeds but also the luck. His net worth is estimated at 55 million dollars. A large part of his fortune comes from his acting career.