Jon Voight

Jon Voight is now a very prolific character actor.   However he has some very impressive leading roles on film.   He burst onto the cinema screens as Joe Buck in “Midnight Cowboy” for which was nominated for an Academy Award.   He won the Oscar in 1978 for the Vietnam Vets drama “Coming Home”.   He also delivered outstanding performances in John Boorman’s “Deliverence” and “The Runaway Train”.   His more recent films include “National” and “Transformers”.   Jon Voight is the father of Anjelina Jolie.

“”It’s nice that people like you are around’ says Jennifer Salt to Jon Voight in “The Revoluntary”.   We have not had too many chances to echo her semtiments, but his performance in ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is one of the best ever in American film.   Peter Evans in ‘Cosmopolitan’ suggested that he had created a classic figure to stand with Captain Bligh, Rhett Butler and Stanley Kowalski.   Brando at least is a good comparison for Voight’s Joe Buck.   The midnight cowboy was the best portrayal of stupidity on the screen since Brando’s ‘On the Waterfront’.   It’s not an easy thing to do and only a fine actor could do it – suggest a low I.Q. at the same time conducting an audience into the labyrinthine ways of that calf’s brain behind the bland handsome young face.   For Joe Buck was a Texas stud with ambitions  exclusively connected with his crotch.   In a sublimely innocent way he thought he would get ahead by hustling.” – David Shipman in “The Great Movie Stars – The Independent Years”. (1991).

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