James Haven

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James Haven
BornJames Haven Voight
(1973-05-11) May 11, 1973 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUSC School of Cinema-Television
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1998–present
ParentsJon Voight
Marcheline Bertrand (deceased)
RelativesAngelina Jolie (sister)
Chip Taylor (uncle)
Brad Pitt (sister's partner)
 
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James Haven
BornJames Haven Voight
(1973-05-11) May 11, 1973 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUSC School of Cinema-Television
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1998–present
ParentsJon Voight
Marcheline Bertrand (deceased)
RelativesAngelina Jolie (sister)
Chip Taylor (uncle)
Brad Pitt (sister's partner)

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

Early life[edit]

Haven was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. He is the older brother of actress Angelina Jolie and the nephew of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor.[1] On his father's side, Haven is of German and Slovak descent,[2][3] and on his mother's side, he is of French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestry.[2] He is also said to be part Iroquois through his mother,[4] although Voight has claimed that Bertrand was "not seriously Iroquois."[5]

After his parents' separation in 1976, Haven and his sister were raised by their mother, who abandoned her acting ambitions and moved with them to Palisades, New York. When he 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, he received a George Lucas Award for a student film he directed starring his sister.[1]

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), as well as in Monster's Ball (2001), which starred his sister's then-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, and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival.[7] In 2011, he also 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]

TitleYearRoleNotes
Gia1998Young man on Sansom StreetTV film
Hell's Kitchen1998Boyle's bartender
Scrapbook1999Jamie Park
Original Sin2001Faust
Monster's Ball2001Hospital guard
Ocean Park2002Youngblood
Hunting of Man2003Usher
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004Lazarus KaneTV series
Episode: "Suckers" (4.13)
Rent-a-Person2004James ColemanShort film
Breaking Dawn2004Don WakeFilm
Stay Alive2006Jonathan Malkus
Validation2007Uninformed coupleShort film
The Game2007DirectorTV series
Episode: "The Ghost of Derwin Past" (2.10)
Deep in the Heart2012Gary
Easy Silence2013TrentShort film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c James Haven – IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Reitwiesner, William Addams. Ancestry of Angelina Jolie. William Addams Reitwiesner 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. 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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