A DOG OF FLANDERS
(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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