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A DOG OF FLANDERS

JON VOIGHT (Michel La Grande), a native of Yonkers, New York, began his acting career at Archbishop Stephanie High School and continued with it while attending Catholic University in Washington, D.C. (he graduated with a BFA in scenic design and art). He moved to New York City and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse under the tutelage of the legendary Sandy Meisner. Voight made his stage debut in 1961 in the Off-Broadway music "O, Oysters," and debuted on Broadway, taking over the role of Rolf in the long-running musical "The Sound of Music."

Other acclaimed stage roles followed-opposite Robert Duvall in the revival of "A View from the Bridge," opposite Irene Papas and Tyne Daly in "That Summer-That Fall" (earning him a Theatre World Award) and at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" and Ariel in "The Tempest." While in California, he began working in television (the series "Cimarron Strip," "Gunsmoke," "Hour of the Gun") and in film (the lead in "Out of It"). The turning point in his career came when he earned his first Academy Award nomination, the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, as well as the British Academy Award for his performance in John Schlesinger's "Midnight Cowboy."

Other memorable films include "Catch-22," "Deliverance," "Conrack" and "The Odessa File." Other stage plays during that time include "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Hamlet." His role opposite Jane Fonda in "Coming Home" earned Voight (all as Best Actor) an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, the Cannes International Film Festival Award and both the New York and Los Angeles Films Critics Awards.

Voight's additional film credits include "The Champ," "Lookin' to Get Out" (which he produced and co-wrote), "Table for Five" (which he produced), "Runaway Train" (his third Academy Award nomination and London Films Critics Award nomination) and "Desert Bloom." His more recent starring film roles include "Mission: Impossible," Frances Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker," Oliver Stone's "U-Turn," "Most Wanted," "Anaconda," John Singleton's "Rosewood," Michael Mann's "Heat," Jerry Bruckheimer's "Enemy of the State," John Boorman's "The General" and "Varsity Blues."

Voight's television credits include the recent "Noah's Ark," "The Tin Soldier" (his directorial debut, which won several awards including Best Children's Film at the Berlin Film Festival), Showtime's "Convict Cowboy," "Return to Lonesome Dove," "The Last of His Tribe" (CableACE Award-winner) and "Chernobly: The Final Warning."

Voight continues his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the homeless, Vietnam veterans and Native Americans. He served as host of the "Love of Life Telethon," a Catholic charity for the benefit of the St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino. He was also responsible for helping UNESCO and Chabad's effort to rescue the sick children of Chernobyl.

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