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Jon Voight

Highest Rated:   100% 24: Redemption (2008)
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Birthplace:   Yonkers, New York, USA
The son of a Czech-American golf pro, Jon Voight was active in student theatricals in high school and at Catholic University. In 1960 he began studying privately with Neighborhood Playhouse mentor Sanford Meisner, and made his off-Broadway debut that same year in O Oysters, receiving a daunting review which opined that he could "neither walk nor talk." Fortunately, Voight persevered, and in 1961 took over the role of "singing Nazi" Rolf in the Broadway hit The Sound of Music (his Liesl was Laurie Peters, who became his first wife).Blessed with handsome, Nordic features, Voight kept busy as a supporting player on such TV series as Gunsmoke, Coronet Blue, and NYPD, and in 1966 spent a season with the California National Shakespeare Festival. The following year, he won a Theatre World Award for his stage performance in That Summer, That Fall. Thus, by the time he became an "overnight" star in the role of wide-eyed hustler Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy (1969), he had nearly a decade's worth of experience under his belt. The success of Midnight Cowboy, which earned Voight an Oscar nomination, prompted a fast-buck distributor to ship out a double feature of two never-released mid-'60s films: Fearless Frank, filmed in 1965, starred Voight as a reluctant superhero, while Madigan's Millions was a 1968 turkey featuring Voight's Cowboy co-star (and longtime friend) Dustin Hoffman.Entering the 1970s with dozens of producers clamoring for his services, Voight refused to accept roles that banked merely on his youth and good looks. Instead, he selected such challenging assignments as crack-brained Army officer Milo Minderbinder in Catch 22 (1970), a political activist known only as "A" in The Revolutionary (also 1970), reluctant rugged individualist Ed Gentry in Deliverance (1972), and real-life teacher/novelist Pat Conroy in Conrack (1974). In 1978, he won both the Oscar and the Cannes Film Festival award for his portrayal of paraplegic Vietnam veteran Luke Martin in Hal Ashby's Coming Home. The following year, he earned additional acclaim for his work in the remake of The Champ.Devoting increasing amounts of time to his various sociopolitical causes in the 1980s and 1990s, Voight found it more and more difficult to fit film roles into his busy schedule. A reunion project with Ashby, on the godawful gambling comedy Lookin' to Get Out (produced 1980, released 1982), failed dismally, with many reviewers complaining about Voight's terrible, overmodulated performance, and the paper-thin script, which the actor himself wrote. Voight weathered the storm, however, and enjoyed box-office success as star of the 1983 weeper Table for Five. He also picked up another Oscar nomination for Andrei Konchalovsky's existential thriller Runaway Train (1985), and acted in such socially-conscious TV movies as Chernobyl: The Final Warning (1991) and The Last of His Tribe (1992). He also produced Table for Five and scripted 1990's Eternity. Voight kept busy for the remainder of the decade, appearing in such films as Michael Mann's Heat (1995), Mission: Impossible (1996), and The General, a 1998 collaboration with Deliverance director John Boorman, for which Voight won acclaim in his role as an Irish police inspector. During the same period of time, a bearded Voight also essayed a wild one-episode cameo on Seinfeld - as himself - with a scene that required him to bite the hand of Cosmo Kramer from a parked vehicle. In 1999, Voight gained an introduction to a new generation of fans, thanks to his role as James Van Der Beek's megalomaniacal football coach in the hit Varsity Blues, later appearing in a handful of other films before teaming onscreen with daughter Angelina Jolie for Tomb Raider in 2001. After essaying President Roosevelt later that same year in Pearl Harbor, Voight went for laughs in Ben Stiller's male-model comedy Zoolander, though his most pronounced role of 2001 would come in his Oscar nominat

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Same Kind of Different As Me
  • Actor
2017
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Shaw Senior
2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard
  • Principal Skinner
2016
No Score Yet J.L. Family Ranch
  • Executive Producer
  • John Landsburg
2016
No Score Yet A Christmas Eve Miracle
  • Jerry the Dog
2015
77% Woodlawn
  • Paul Bryant
2015
No Score Yet Baby Geniuses and the Space Baby
  • Moriarty
2015
No Score Yet Rifftrax Live: Anaconda
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Pablo
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Deadly Lessons
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Final Song
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet Baby Geniuses and the Treasures of Egypt
  • Moriarty
2014
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
2% Getaway
  • The Voice
2013
No Score Yet Baby Geniuses 3: Baby Squad Investigators
  • Moriarty
2013
No Score Yet Beyond
  • Det. Koski
2012
91% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet ClarkWorld
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: The Trial and Triumph of the King of Pop
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet GENOCIDE FACTOR
  • Actor
2009
25% Four Christmases
  • Creighton
2008
100% 24: Redemption
  • Actor
2008
35% Pride and Glory
  • Francis Tierney Sr.
2008
11% An American Carol
  • George Washington
2008
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Genocide Factor: Genocide from Biblical Times Through the Ages
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Genocide: The Horror Continues
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Never Again?: Genocide Since the Holocaust
  • Actor
2008
35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Patrick Gates
2007
13% September Dawn
  • Bishop Jacob Samuelson
2007
76% Stardust
  • Actor
2007
9% Bratz: The Movie
  • Principal Dimly
2007
57% Transformers
  • Defense Secretary John Keller
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO
  • Actor
2006
55% Glory Road
  • Adolph Rupp
2006
No Score Yet The Legend of Simon Conjurer
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Pope John Paul II
2005
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Pope John Paul II
2005
No Score Yet Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'
  • Old Eddie
2004
44% National Treasure
  • Patrick Gates
2004
0% Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
  • Bill Biscane
2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Tom Jordan
2004
No Score Yet Karate Dog
  • Hamilton Cage
2004
No Score Yet Jasper, Texas
  • Billy Rowles
2003
77% Holes
  • Mr. Sir
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Second String
  • Coach Dichter
2002
No Score Yet The Princess and the Barrio Boy
  • Executive Producer
2001
67% Ali
  • Howard Cosell
2001
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
  • Siggy
2001
100% Uprising
  • General Stoop
2001
64% Zoolander
  • Larry Zoolander
2001
20% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
  • Lord Richard Croft
2001
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Pres. Roosevelt
2001
No Score Yet Britney Spears - Live From Las Vegas
  • Actor
2001
20% Noah's Ark
  • Noah
1999
21% A Dog of Flanders
  • Michel
1999
2% Baby Geniuses
  • Executive Producer
1999
40% Varsity Blues
  • Coach Bud Kilmer
1999
No Score Yet The Prince and the Surfer
  • Producer
1999
81% The General
  • Ned Kenny
1998
71% Enemy of the State
  • Thomas Brian Reynolds
1998
No Score Yet The Fixer
  • Jack Killoran
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Leo F. Drummond
1997
82% The Rainmaker
  • Leo F. Drummond
1997
16% Most Wanted
  • Casey-Woodward
1997
59% U-Turn
  • Blind Man
1997
38% Anaconda
  • Paul Sarone
1997
85% Rosewood
  • John Wright
1997
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys
  • Lt. Palladino
1997
63% Mission: Impossible
  • Jim Phelps
1996
86% Heat
  • Nate
1995
No Score Yet Convict Cowboy
  • Ry Weston
1995
No Score Yet The Tin Soldier
  • Yarik
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior
  • Peter Wilcox
1993
No Score Yet The Last of His Tribe
  • Alfred
1992
No Score Yet Eternity
  • Edward/James Edward
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Final Warning
  • Dr. Robert Gale
1990
No Score Yet Without Honor
  • Actor
1987
78% Desert Bloom
  • Jack Chismore
1986
87% Runaway Train
  • Oscar 'Manny' Manheim
1985
60% Table for Five
  • J.P. Tannen
1983
25% Lookin' to Get Out
  • Producer
  • Alex Kovac
  • Screenwriter
1982
40% The Champ
  • Billy
1979
81% Coming Home
  • Luke Martin
1978
60% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)
  • Walter Tschanz
1975
64% The Odessa File
  • Peter Miller
1974
73% Conrack
  • Pat Conroy
1974
No Score Yet The All-American Boy
  • Vic Bealer
1973
93% Deliverance
  • Ed Gentry
1972
No Score Yet The Revolutionary
  • A
1970
85% Catch-22
  • Milo Minderbinder
1970
90% Midnight Cowboy
  • Joe Buck
1969
100% Hour of the Gun
  • Curly Bill Brocius
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
82% Lone Star
2010
  • Clint Thatcher
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
77% Ray Donovan
2013
  • Mickey Donovan
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Jonas Hodges
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Jon Voight

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