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Following his graduation in 1956, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. After graduation, Voight moved to New York City, where he pursued an acting career. They separated in 1976, filed for divorce in 1978, and divorced in 1980.
C., where he majored in art and graduated with a B. In 1962, Voight married actress Lauri Peters, who he met when they both appeared in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. Their children, James Haven (born May 11, 1973) and Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975), would go on to enter the film business as actors and producers.
Voight also took a small role in 1967's western, Hour of the Gun, directed by veteran helmer John Sturges.
In 1968 Voight took a role in director Paul Williams's Out of It.
In 1979, Voight once again put on boxing gloves, starring in 1979's remake of the 1931 Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper vehicle, The Champ, with Voight playing the part of an alcoholic ex-heavyweight and a young Ricky Schroder playing the role of his adoring son.
The film was an international success, but less popular with American audiences.
During the 1990s, Voight made somewhat of a comeback, starring in Michael Mann's cult classic Heat (1995) opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
In the early 1960s, Voight found work in television, appearing in several episodes of Gunsmoke, between 19, as well as guest spots on Naked City, and The Defenders, both in 1963, and Twelve O'Clock High, in 1966.Voight was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role of Matt Hooper in the 1975 film Jaws, but he turned down the role, which was ultimately played by Richard Dreyfuss.In 1978, Voight portrayed the paraplegic Vietnam veteran Luke Martin in Hal Ashby's film Coming Home, and was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, for his portrait of an embittered paraplegic, reportedly based on real-life Vietnam veteran-turned-antiwar-activist Ron Kovic, with whom Fonda's character falls in love.In 1969, Voight was cast in the groundbreaking Midnight Cowboy, a film that would make his career.Voight played Joe Buck, a naïve male hustler from Texas, adrift in New York City.