I’ve been very fortunate as an actor - Jon Voight

Jon Voight, Hollywood actor

1938 - Born in Yonkers, New York
1960 - Graduates, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
1961 - Broadway debut, plays Rolf Gruber in the Sound of Music
1964 - Graduates, neighbourhood playhouse school of theatre, New York
1964 - Film debut, Fearless Frank
1969 - Breakthrough screen role as Joe Buck in John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy
1970 - Nominated for best actor at Oscars
1972 - Co-stars in John Boorman's Deliverance
1975 - Co-producing debut, the Hashish Club stage play
1977 - Wins best actor at Oscars for role as a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Coming Home
1982 - Feature producer and co-writer, Lookin' to Get Out, first acting role for his daughter Angelina Jolie
1985 - Nominated for best actor in Runaway Train
1991 - TV movie debut in Chernobyl: The Final Warning
1992 - Returns to the stage after a 16-year break as Trigorin in the Sea Gull on Broadway
1995 - TV directing debut, the Tin Soldier
1996 - Cast as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible
2001 - Plays on-screen father of real-life daughter, Angelina Jolie, in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
2001 - Portrays U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor
2004 - Plays opposite Nicolas Cage in National Treasure

With his boyish features and baby-blue eyes, Jon Voight could easily have taken the James Dean route to eternal stardom. Two major roles, in Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance, defined a generation. Now nearly 70, but still very active, Jon Voight continues to balance his roles between the bad guys and the good guys, between all-action blockbusters and more socially motivated work. One of the most inspiring and gifted actors Hollywood has produced, Jon Voight is our guest today.