More Jon Voight Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Holes)Jon Voight, an Oscar nominee for his role as Howard Cosell in Ali, is still remembered for the classic Midnight Cowboy (which brought his first Academy Award nomination) as well as his Oscar- winning turn as Luke Martin in Coming Home. Since then, Voight has forged a career in which he successfully transitioned from leading man to one of America's most versatile character actors.
Voight has recently been featured in Pearl Harbor and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (starring his daughter Angelina Jolie), and has starred in Mission Impossible, Varsity Blues, Enemy of the State, and Anaconda. Other feature film credits include Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker (Golden Globe nominee), The General, Deliverance, Runaway Train (which earned him a third Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe), The Odessa File, and The Champ (Golden Globe nominee).
Voight made his Broadway debut in The Sound of Music. In 1966, he starred opposite Robert Duvall in the acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. He later starred at LA's Ahmanson Theatre in A Streetcar Named Desire.
On television, Voight recently co-starred in Uprising, the true story of the Warsaw ghetto for NBC, and in Jack & The Beanstalk: The Real Story, a miniseries for CBS. Voight has starred in Chernobyl: The Final Warning, The Last of His Tribe (which earned him a Cable Ace Award), and the mini-series Return to Lonesome Dove. He made his directorial debut with the Showtime cable movie The Tin Solider, which won several awards, including Best Children's Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Voight is a humanitarian who has been an advocate for American Indian rights and has worked on behalf of Vietnam veterans. He is currently active in a continuing effort to air lift children from the contaminated areas of Chernobyl.
Bio courtesy Disney for "Holes" (25-Apr-2003)