Born in Yonkers, N.Y., the 57-year-old actor burst onto the scene with his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of a naïve street hustler in 1969's "Midnight Cowboy."
In 1972, he appeared in "Deliverance" as the businessman with a "purdy mouth" who is stalked by mountain men during an ill-fated canoe trip in the Georgia countryside.
Voight won an Academy Award for his role as a handicapped Vietnam War veteran adjusting to life as a civilian in 1978's "Coming Home." He received nominations for 1985's "Runaway Train" and playing Howard Cosell in 2001's "Ali."
More recently, Voight appeared in "Holes," "The Manchurian Candidate," "National Treasure" and "Glory Road."
He is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a movie or miniseries playing the lead role in "Pope John Paul II."
Next up is the 2007 film "Transformers" and the sequel to "National Treasure."