YONKERS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Yonkers Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight!
Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight, who was born in Yonkers turns 75 on Sunday.
Voight was born Dec. 29, 1938. He has won one Academy Award, out of four nominations, and three Golden Globe Awards, out of nine nominations. Voight is the father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven.
Voight came to prominence in the late 1960s with his performance as a would-be gigolo in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969). During the 1970s, he became a Hollywood star with his portrayals of a businessman mixed up with murder in "Deliverance" (1972), a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in "Coming Home" (1978), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and a penniless ex-boxing champion in "The Champ" (1979).
Voight received critical acclaim for his performance as a ruthless bank robber in "Runaway Train" (1985). During the 1990s, he most notably starred as an unscrupulous showman attorney in "The Rainmaker" (1997). Voight gave critically acclaimed biographical performances during the 2000s, appearing as sportscaster Howard Cosell in "Ali" (2001), as Nazi officer Jürgen Stroop in "Uprising" (2001), and as Pope John Paul II in the miniseries (2005).
In addition to his Oscar and Golden Globes. his awards also include the following:
1967, Theatre World Award for "That Summer."1979, ShoWest Convention Award for Male Star of the Year.1995, Giffoni Film Festival François Truffaut Award.2001, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Career Achievement Award.2007, Montreal World Film Festival Grand Prix Special des Amériques for exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art.2009, CineVegas Marquee Award.
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