Jon Voight: Angelina Jolie's father was a monster in the ring?Written by emergency1
In 2014, actor Jon Voight won the 2014 Golden Globe for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television.'
The actor took home the Golden Globe for his performance in Ray Donovan.
Father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven, Voight had previously won an Academy Award and starred in numerous movie and television roles since his professional acting debut in 1963.
In The Champ (1979), Voight played a broke ex-boxing champion who launched a comeback in an attempt to earn enough money to give his little boy a better life.
So why was Voight selected for the role of a champion boxer? His golden boy looks and acting skills were, perhaps, just part of the reason.
Apparently, he was a monster in the ring... An absolute natural.
On The Pugilist KOrner radio show, esteemed host Joseph Herron discussed Voight's ring tenacity with legendary boxing promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin.
"In LA, we had a gym called Hoover's Gym. It was the toughest gym any place," Chargin stated.
"Tougher than the Philadelphia gyms that everybody talked about. They had so many tough guys there…”
"Jon Voight was getting ready for a movie that never went any place called All-American Boy (1973) and a former contender named Kenny LaSalle was training him for the movie part."
"One day I got a call in my offIce and it’s Kenny LaSalle. He said, 'Don, you've got to come out here. I'm training an actor and his name is Jon Voight. He is terrific and he's in here with all these tough guys. You've never seen anything like it,' " exclaimed an animated Chargin.
Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin
"A couple days later, the great Jackie McCoy called me up and said 'Don, get out to the gym. There's a kid here who has never had a fight and he is sparring with every tough guy in the gym.’ ”
Marveled by Voight's boxing prowess, the legendary promoter asked the young man, "Where in the heck did you learn to fight like that?"
Voight replied, "I don't know. Until a couple of weeks ago, I'd never put on a glove."
A few years after his encounter with Chargin, Jon Voight, front and center, stars as Billy Flynn in The Champ.
Ricky Schroder, left, won the Golden Globe Award for 'Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture' at age nine for his performance as Billy's son, T.J.
According to Mr. Chargin, who has been around for quite some time and seen and experienced just about everything in the fight game, Voight was durable, moved well and could unleash hard leather.
"He could really fight," Chargin insisted.
One of boxing's treasures, Don Chargin, a 2001 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, has toiled in the industry for over 60 years. At 80+ years young, he is still going strong and plays a vital role as a key adviser for Oscar de La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.