Son of Hollywood star Jon Voight and brother of screen beauty Angelina Jolie, James Haven appeared alongside his sister in Gia (1998; TV), Hell's Kitchen (1998) and Original Sin (2001). He was also seen in Monster's Ball (2001), alongside Halle Berry and Angelina's then-husband Billy Bob Thornton, and had a co-starring role as a catatonic patient at a psychiatric hospital in the drama/thriller film Breaking Dawn (2004). He also appeared in an episode of CBS acclaimed crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
James and Angelina raised public eyebrows in 2000 when his sister affectionately kissed him as she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at that year’s Oscars. It resulted in bizarre rumor about incest, which both of them have quashed.
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Childhood and Family:
Son of Hollywood veteran Jon Voight and former actress Marcheline Bertrand (died of ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007), James Haven Voight was born on May 11, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. His sister is Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.
James, nicknamed “Jamie,” graduated Beverly Hills High School in 1991. He studied filmmaking at USC, where he won a George Lucas award for directing a student film.
"There were times when our father was awesome but my biggest memory is that he would look more to our faults than to our strengths, and that's what was so hard." James Haven.
Despite his father and sister’s success in Hollywood, James Haven has not been as high-profile or as prolific as them. He appeared as young man on Sansom Street in the acclaimed TV movie about top fashion model from the late 1970s, Gia (1998), which won sister Angelina a Golden Globe for portraying the title character. That same year, he appeared with Angelina again, as a bartender, in writer-director Tony Cinciripini's crime drama film, Hell's Kitchen, which also starring Rosanna Arquette, William Forsythe and Mekhi Phifer. He followed it up with writer-director Kurt Kuenne's next year family/drama film, Scrapbook, alongside Justin Urich and Eric Balfour.
Entering the new millennium, James appeared with sister Angelina in Michael Cristofer's film adaptation of the novel “Waltz into Darkness” by Cornell Woolrich, Original Sin (also starring Antonio Banderas), and then shared the screen with Angelina's then-husband Billy Bob Thornton in Marc Forster's romantic drama Monster's Ball, which featuring the Oscar-winning performance of Halle Berry. The subsequent year, he was seen in writer-director David W. Warfield's neo-noir thriller Ocean Park (2002) and writer-director Joe Menendez's drama Hunting of Man (2003).
2004 saw James starring in Kurt Kuenne's 12-minute comedy Rent-a-Person and in writer-director Mark Edwin Robinson's drama/thriller Breaking Dawn, in which he played a catatonic patient at a psychiatric hospital loaded with secrets. Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch him as a guest in an episode of popular, Emmy Award-winning CBS crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." The next year, he went on to executive-produce Trudell, a documentary about the life of author, poet, musician and former political activist John Trudell.
Recently, James was cast in writer-director William Brent Bell's 2006 teen horror/thriller film, Stay Alive, alongside Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz and Sophia Bush. More recently, in 2007, he reunited with award-winning filmmaker Kurt Kuenne in his 16-minute comedy, Validation.