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JON VOIGHT was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. He began his acting career at Archbishop Stephanic High School and later, in Washington, D.C. at Catholic University from which he received a B.F.A. in scenic design and art. He moved to New York City to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with the legendary Sanford Meisner. In 1961, at the age of 22, Voight made his Broadway debut in "O, Oysters,” an off-Broadway musical revue. Later that same year, he made his Broadway debut replacing Brian Davies as Rolf Grubber in the long-running Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music.”

In 1965, Voight landed parts in episodes of such popular television series as "Cimarron Strip” and "Gunsmoke” and had a featured role in Hour of the Gun, and his first leading role in Out of It. 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.

A series of memorable films followed, including Catch-22, Deliverance, Conrack and The Odessa File. During this period, Voight continued to work on stage. He starred in "A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and at the Studio Arena in Buffalo, New York. He also portrayed "Hamlet” in two separate productions.

Originally cast as Jane Fonda's soldier husband in Coming Home, Voight instead persuaded Fonda and director Hal Ashby to allow him to portray the embittered paraplegic Luke Martin. His performance earned him the Academy Award ® for Best Actor, a Golden Globe Award, the Cannes International Film Festival Award and both the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Next, he starred in The Champ with Faye Dunaway and 8-year-old Ricky Schroder, Lookin' to Get Out, which he produced and co-wrote, and Table For Five, which he also produced. His work in Runaway Train (which brought him his third Academy Award® nomination, as well as a London Film Critics Award nomination) was followed by Desert Bloom.

On television, Voight starred in the movies "Chernobyl: The Final Warning” and "The Last of His Tribe” (for which he earned a CableACE Award) as well as the miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove.” Among his recent television work is the Showtime drama "Convict Cowboy” and "The Tin Soldier,” on which he made his directorial debut. "The Tin Soldier” won several awards including Best Children's Film at the Berlin Film Festival.

In recent years, Voight has starred in Pearl Harbor, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Zoolander, Ali (as sportscaster Howard Cossell), Holes, The Manchurian Candidate, The Karate Dog, Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise, Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, Oliver Stone's U-Turn, Most Wanted written by and starring Keenan Ivory Wayans, Anaconda, Rosewood, directed by John Singleton, Michael Mann's Heat opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Enemy of the State, John Boorman's The General, A Dog of Flanders and Varsity Blues. Upcoming are National Treasure, Solo and Ghost Rider. 

Voight is also widely known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the homeless, Vietnam Veterans and Native Americans. He was host of the "Love of Life Telethon,” a Catholic charity run by nuns for the benefit of the St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino. In addition, he was responsible for helping UNESCO and Chabad's effort to rescue the sick children of Chernobyl.

Recent TV appearances include "Uprising,” "The Genocide Factor,” "Jasper, Texas” and "Noah's Ark.” He will next star in "Five People You Meet in Heaven.” 


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