In addition to being Angelina Jolie’s father, Jon Voight is a pop culture legend. His name, albeit with an “h,” convinced George Constanza to buy a used LeBaron and 40 years since “Midnight Cowboy,” his Joe Buck remains an iconic character in American cinema.
“How are you comparing Liam Neeson with Jon Voight?” George asked in “The Mom & Pop Store.” “Jerry, we’re talking about Joe Buck. If you can play Joe Buck, Oskar Schindler’s a cake walk.”
Voight is also a stalwart supporter of Israel, a proud friend of the American Jewish community and a die-hard conservative. And he’s apparently no fan of President Barack Obama.
Emceeing a GOP fundraiser last night, at which he was joined by Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, Voight said “we are becoming a weak nation” under “this Obama oppression” and called the president a “false prophet.”
Depending on the context, that could be akin to being called the Antichrist, a smear that also has been thrown at Obama. But, in this situation, I think Voight’s fear is more worldly.
After the jump, the opening credits of “Midnight Cowboy”: