President Trump to award actor Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

Updated: 2019-11-18 17:30:10

President Donald Trump will be awarding the National Medal of Art to Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight.

Voight will be the first recipient of the prestigious award since President Trump entered office.

In a statement issued by the White House on Sunday, Nov. 17, the award ceremony will take place this Thursday, Nov. 21.

Voight was one of the few outspoken conservative Hollywood actors, who openly expressed their support for President Trump.

On Oct 14, 2016 Voight tweeted, “Donald, you’ll be the greatest president.”

In May this year, the Academy award-winning actor stated his support for President Trump, calling him “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln” in a two-part video message posted on Twitter.

“I know that you’ll agree with me when I say that our president has our utmost respect and our love,” Voight said. “

“This job is not easy for he’s battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. … Our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln,” Voight continued.

Voight told his fans that he “acknowledge(s) the truth” that “our country is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our president has made every move correct.”

“Don’t be fooled by the political left because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph,” Voight said in his video message, Part 2.

“So, let us stand with our president, let us stand for this truth that President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. God bless America.”

Voight has been selected “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters,” according to the White House statement, for “captivating audiences,” and offering “insights into the richness of the human mind and heart.”

The 80-year-old actor is probably best known for his lead role as Joe Buck in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy,” which won an Academy Award for best picture. Voight won the best actor Oscar for the 1978’s “Coming Home.”

Other movie roles included “Deliverance,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Anaconda,” “Zoolander,” and “Transformers,” as well as television roles in “24” and “Ray Donovan.”

Besides Voight, the White House named three other recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in the Sunday night statement.

There are Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and The Musicians of the United States Military for the National Medal of the Arts. The recipients for the National Humanities Medal this year will go to The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell, and James Patterson.

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