Celebrity, Actor, Conservative Causes
Although most people know him as the father of Angelina Jolie, Academy Award winner Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight is the rare Hollywood conservative who has earned enough political capital through his acting to speak his mind freely without liberal reprisal. Although very much a liberal in his younger days, Voigt said in a 2008 Washington Times op-ed that he regretted much of his early activism, calling it a "time of great distortion." In the 2008 presidential campaign, Voight was a staunch opponent of Barack Obama. After Obama became president, Voight has made regular appearances at national tea party events.
Jon Voight was born in Yonkers, New York on Dec. 29 1938 the oldest of Elmer and Barbara Kamp Voight's three boys. His father was of Czech descent as well as a professional golfer. His mother was of German lineage. He and his two brothers, musician James Wesley "Chip Taylor" Voight and geologist Barry Voight, were raised in a devoutly Catholic household. In 1956, Voight, who had expressed an interest in acting from an early age, graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School, a Catholic boys' school in White Plains, NY. He then graduated from Catholic University in 1960, having already become a polished performer.
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