|Born||James Haven Voight
May 11, 1973
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||USC School of Cinema-Television|
Marcheline Bertrand (deceased)
|Relatives||Angelina Jolie (sister)
Chip Taylor (uncle)
Brad Pitt (brother-in-law)
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. His mother was descended from Dutch and German immigrants of the mid-19th century, and French Canadians dating to 17th-century colonists. 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. Voight said that Bertrand was "not seriously Iroquois."
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, 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.
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. 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.
Like his sister, Haven was estranged from their father for several years, during which he legally dropped "Voight" as his surname. In the wake of his mother's death from ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007, he reconciled with his father after a six-year estrangement. Haven became a born-again Christian in 2009.
|Gia||1998||Young man on Sansom Street||TV film|
|Hell's Kitchen||1998||Boyle's bartender|
|Monster's Ball||2001||Hospital guard|
|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|
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