Jon Voight chooses to stick his neck out on one of the most controversial issues of our time, and its not Angelina
Jon Voight chooses to stick his neck out on one of the most controversial issues of our time, Israel and Anti Semitism, and he needs our respect and admiration for his courage
He was brought up a Catholic, but what marked him very deeply was the experience of his father Elmer Voight, a golf professional at a Jewish country club in West Chester county NY .
Jon says it was there that he began to understand the nature of anti-Semitism, because the local Jews weren’t able to join other country clubs and as a result started their own. He watched his father, who had grown up amongst the Jewish community from the time he was 8 because he was a caddy at the Golf Club, flourish in that atmosphere and become a champion golfer. All this made a lasting impression on the young Jon.
It was there that Jon learned about the Jewish people and came to admire them.
Jon, who shot to fame in midnight Cowboy and went on to receive an Academy Ward and three Golden Globe Awards, has brought up two children ( the actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven )
He is now a grandfather to Angelina and Brad’s brood of 6, three of whom were adopted from far flung places, and this has given him a new lease of life
But it is his rage and fight against Anti-Semitism, and work with leading Jewish figures like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and writer Elie Wiesel, that makes this remarkable man such a driven and outspoken person of our age.
Read an exclusive and searingly honest interview with Jon at www.sharonfeinstein.co.uk