Jon Voight

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Birth Name: Jonathan Vincent Voight

Place of Birth: Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1938

*Slovak (father)
*German (mother)

Jon Voight is an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Coming Home (1978).

He is the son of Barbara Agnes (Kamp) and Elmer/Elmir Samuel Voight/Vojtka/Voytko. His father was of Slovak descent and his mother was of German ancestry. Jon’s children, with ex-wife Marcheline Bertrand, are actors James Haven (James Haven Voight), who is also a producer, and Angelina Jolie (Angelina Jolie Voight), who is also a filmmaker, humanitarian, and activist. He is the brother of Barry Voight, a volcanologist, and Chip Taylor, a songwriter.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was named George Vojtka/Vojtech/Voytka/Voytko. George was born in Nacina Ves, Košice, Slovakia.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was Helen “Nellie” Petrick/Petrik (the daughter of Andrew/Andreas Petrick/Petrik and Catherine/Catharina Kulik). Helen was born in New York, to Slovak parents.

Jon’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Kamp (the son of Heinrich Kamp and Theresia Baum). Joseph was born in Büren, Germany. Heinrich was the son of Franz Kamp and Bernardina Thielemeyer. Theresia was the daughter of Christina Baum.

Jon’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Franz (the daughter of Peter Franz and Barbara Seigler). Margaret was born in New York, to German parents, a father from Prussia and a mother from Bavaria.

Sources: Genealogies of Jon Voight –

Genealogies of Jon Voight (through his daughter Angelina Jolie) –

Jon Voight on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Jon’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

6 Responses

  1. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    Jon Voight’s father’s real surname is Vojtka. This is short form of Slavic name Vojtech.
    The name contains two Czech phonology elements. The first is the caron, which is a form of a diacritical mark, over the letter ‘e’. The caron modifies the pronunciation of the letter ‘t’ immediately preceding the ě. The second is a digraph at the end of the name: the last two letters ‘ch’ in fact form a single phoneme (pronounced as a voiceless velar fricative [x]). (The pair ‘ch’ is the only formal digraph in the Czech alphabet.) Pronounced as “Vawy-tekh”.

  2. bearboy says:

    I love the show Ray Donavan thank’s to Jon Voight. Great actor always thought he could pass as Irish.

  3. Freerk says:

    The Prussians and the Bavarians usually hate each other. But sometimes hormones are stronger … :D

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