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Midnight Cowboy star Jon Voight is overjoyed to be reunited with his daughter, Angelina Jolie, after years of estrangement — and to meet his grandchildren for the first time.

“It was just wonderful to spend time with Angelina and Brad and the children,” Jon told Radar Online.

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“I’ve been waiting so long to hug my grandchildren and it was amazing, they are the most beautiful, loving kids you could imagine and I’m not just saying that because I’m their grandfather, they really are something special.

“Angelina and Brad are so happy together and they are the most amazing, loving parents I’ve ever seen. It truly moved me to see how Angie is as a mom, I am so proud of her — she has so much love to give and to share with the children and with Brad.”

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Angelina cut her father out of her life in 2001 after she went public with accusations that Jon cheated on her beloved late mother Marcheline Bertrand, and her father questioned Angelina’s mental stability just before she was set to adopt her first child, Maddox.

But Jon says their meeting has been under discussion for a while: “Angie and I have been in contact on the phone and by email for some time now.

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“We’ve been working towards a full reconciliation for a while. Angie had to feel it was the right time to bring me into the lives of her and the kids and after some work she decided the moment had arrived.”

While Jon is hopeful that the contact with his daughter’s family continues he knows it’s down to Angelina to decide.

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“I hope I get to see them again soon,” he says. “I want to spend as much time with them as possible.”

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