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

Early life

Haven was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1973, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. His younger sister is Angelina Jolie, who also became an actress. Their uncle is singer-songwriter Chip Taylor. On his father's side, Haven is of German and Slovak descent, and he is of French-Canadian, Dutch and German ancestry on his mother's side. Although Bertrand said she had Iroquois ancestry, Voight stated that Bertrand was "not seriously Iroquois," and a Huron woman born in 1649 is her only known Native American ancestor.

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 Haven 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.


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 then-husband, Billy Bob Thornton. He 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.

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.

Personal life

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.


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