James Haven

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James Haven
Born James Haven Voight
(1973-05-11) May 11, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater USC School of Cinema-Television
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1998–present
Parents Jon Voight
Marcheline Bertrand (deceased)
Relatives Angelina Jolie (sister)
Chip Taylor (uncle)
Brad Pitt (brother-in-law)

James Haven (born James Haven Voight; May 11, 1973)[1] is an American actor and producer. The son of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, he is the brother of actress Angelina Jolie.

Early life[edit]

Haven was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973, the son of married actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. His younger sister is Angelina Jolie, who also became an actor. Their uncle is singer-songwriter Chip Taylor. On his father's side, Haven is of German and Slovak descent.[2][3] His mother was descended from Dutch and German immigrants of the mid-19th century, and French Canadians dating to 17th-century colonists.[2] Bertrand said her father had Iroquois ancestry; a Huron woman ancestor born in 1649 is the only known Native American ancestor to have been identified in his line.[2][4] Voight said that Bertrand was "not seriously Iroquois."[5]

After his parents' separation in 1976, Haven and his sister were raised by their mother. She moved with them to Palisades, New York, giving up acting. A decade later when James was 13, the family moved back to Los Angeles,[6] where he attended Beverly Hills High School. Following graduation, he enrolled at the USC School of Cinema-Television. While at the University of Southern California, he received a George Lucas Award for a student film he directed starring his sister Angelina.

Career[edit]

Haven began his professional acting career in 1998. He had minor roles in several films starring his sister, Angelina Jolie, namely Gia (1998), Hell's Kitchen (1998), and Original Sin (2001). He also appeared in Monster's Ball (2001), which starred his sister's second husband, Billy Bob Thornton. He also appeared in a 2004 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a 2007 episode of The Game.

In 2005, Haven was the executive producer of the documentary Trudell, which chronicles the life and work of Santee Sioux musician and activist John Trudell. Trudell was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival; it won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival.[7] In 2011, he served as executive producer to the short comedy film That's Our Mary, which follows two actresses awaiting the final casting decision for the role of the Virgin Mary at a faith–based film studio.

Since 2006, Haven has been the executive board director of Artivist, a festival in Los Angeles that highlights films addressing human rights, animal rights, and environmental issues.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Like his sister, Haven was estranged from their father for several years, during which he legally dropped "Voight" as his surname.[9] In the wake of his mother's death from ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007,[9] he reconciled with his father after a six-year estrangement.[10] Haven became a born-again Christian in 2009.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Gia 1998 Young man on Sansom Street TV film
Hell's Kitchen 1998 Boyle's bartender
Scrapbook 1999 Jamie Park
Original Sin 2001 Faust
Monster's Ball 2001 Hospital guard
Ocean Park 2002 Youngblood
Hunting of Man 2003 Usher
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 Lazarus Kane TV series
Episode: "Suckers" (4.13)
Rent-a-Person 2004 James Coleman Short film
Breaking Dawn 2004 Don Wake Film
Stay Alive 2006 Jonathan Malkus
Validation 2007 Uninformed couple Short film
The Game 2007 Director TV series
Episode: "The Ghost of Derwin Past" (2.10)
Deep in the Heart 2012 Gary
Easy Silence 2013 Trent Short film

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Haven – IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Reitwiesner, William Addams. Ancestry of Angelina Jolie, 2010, William Addams Reitwiessner Genealogical Services. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Is Jon Voight Slovak?". University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Sessums, Kevin. Wild at Heart. Allure. November 2004. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Telegraph interview with Jon Voight, The Daily Telegraph. October 2, 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ Van Meter, Jonathan. Angelina Jolie: Body Beautiful. Vogue. April 2002. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Native American Film Festival Planned, Jamestown Community College, NY. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  8. ^ More than a Pretty Face: James Haven. Marie Claire. October 25, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Green, Mary. Angelina's Heartbreak. People. February 12, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "Angelina Jolie on her father". [Video]. 60 Minutes. CBS. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  11. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe. Brad Pitt, with actor James Haven, helped plan reunion between Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight. Daily News. February 24, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2011.

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