John Travolta

John Travolta

113 Fans
Feb. 18th, 1954
Born in
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
6' 2

John Travolta's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Welcome Back, Kotter TV Show
Welcome Back, Kotter
Parkinson (UK) TV Show
Parkinson (UK)
Revealed with Jules Asner TV Show
Revealed with Jules Asner

Main Movie Roles

2010 - From Paris With Love
2009 - The Taking of Pelham 123
2009 - Old Dogs
2008 - Religulous
2008 - Bolt
2007 - Wild Hogs
2007 - Hairspray
2006 - Lonely Hearts
2005 - Be Cool
2004 - The Punisher
2004 - A Love Song for Bobby Long
2004 - Ladder 49
2003 - Basic
2002 - The Guru
2002 - Austin Powers in Goldmember
2001 - Swordfish
2001 - Domestic Disturbance
2000 - Battlefield Earth
2000 - Lucky Numbers
1999 - The General's Daughter
1998 - The Thin Red Line
1998 - Primary Colors
1998 - A Civil Action
1997 - Face/Off
1997 - She's so Lovely
1997 - Mad City
1996 - Phenomenon
1996 - Broken Arrow
1996 - Michael
1995 - White Man's Burden
1995 - Get Shorty
1994 - Pulp Fiction
1993 - Look Who's Talking Now
1991 - Shout
1991 - Chains of Gold
1990 - Look Who's Talking Too
1989 - Look Who's Talking
1985 - That's Dancing!
1983 - Staying Alive
1983 - Two of a Kind
1981 - Blow Out
1980 - Urban Cowboy
1978 - Grease
1977 - Saturday Night Fever
1976 - Carrie
1975 - The Devil's Rain

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Vinnie Barbarino
Chuck Benson
Himself - Host
Vinnie Barbarino
Himself - John Travolta
[Complete List]


John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta's acting career declined through the 1980s. His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in more recent films such as Face/Off, Ladder 49, and Wild Hogs.

Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.

Travolta, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of New York City. His father, Salvatore Travolta (November 1912 – May 1995), was a semi-professional American football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company. His mother, Helen Cecilia (née Burke, January 1912 – December 1978), was an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher. His siblings, Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta, have all acted His father was a second-generation Italian American and his mother was Irish American; he grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood and has said that his household was predominantly Irish in culture.

He was raised Roman Catholic, but converted to Scientology in 1975. Travolta attended Dwight Morrow High School, but dropped out as a junior at age 17 in 1971.

After Urban Cowboy (1980) Travolta starred in a series of financial and critical failures that sidelined his acting career. These included Perfect, co-starring 'Jamie Lee Curtis', and Two of a Kind, a romantic comedy reteaming him with 'Olivia Newton-John'. During that time he was offered, but turned down, lead roles in what would become box office hits, including American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman, both of which went to Richard Gere.

In 1989, Travolta starred with 'Kirstie Alley' in Look Who's Talking, which grossed $297,000,000, making it his most successful film since Grease. Travolta continued to the two sequels Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993).

In 2007 he starred in Wild Hogs and played Mrs. Edna Turnblad in the remake of Hairspray, his first musical since Grease. In 2008 he lent his voice for the film Bolt, in which he played the title role.

Travolta was in a relationship with actress 'Diana Hyland', whom he met while filming The Boy in the Plastic Bubble; Hyland died of breast cancer in 1977.

Travolta married actress 'Kelly Preston' in 1991. The couple had a son, Jett (April 13, 1992 – January 2, 2009). Their daughter, Ella Bleu (born 2000) and a third child, a son, Benjamin (born November 23, 2010) in Florida. Travolta and Preston have regularly attended marriage counseling; Travolta has stated that therapy has helped the marriage.

In 2009, Travolta's son, Jett, died while on a Christmas vacation in The Bahamas. A Bahamian death certificate was issued, attributing the cause of death to a seizure. Jett, who had a troubled history of seizures, reportedly suffered from Kawasaki disease at the age of two. Travolta confirmed speculation that his son had autism and suffered regular seizures and immediately made his public statements while giving testimony after a multi-million dollar extortion plot against him in connection to his son's death. After a mistrial, Travolta dropped the charges and has credited his immediate family and faith in helping him survive the premature death of his son and in moving forward with his film career.

  • Appears in _Hairspray (2007)_ (qv), opposite 'Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv), whose debut film was _Grease 2 (1982)_ (qv), the sequel to _Grease (1978)_ (qv), in which Travolta appeared.
  • Was among the guests at 'Tom Cruise' (qv)'s and 'Katie Holmes' (qv)' wedding ceremony in Italy.
  • Brother of 'Joey Travolta' (qv); 'Ellen Travolta' (qv); 'Ann Travolta' (qv); 'Margaret Travolta' (qv) and 'Sam Travolta' (qv).
  • Ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
  • He was voted the 64th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Is 'Oprah Winfrey' (qv)'s favorite movie star.
  • Has published two books: "John Travolta Staying Fit!", published by Simon and Schuster in 1984, & "Propeller One-Way Night Coach, A Fable for All Ages", published by Warner Books in 1997.
  • During the filming of _The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) (TV)_ (qv) he fell in love with 'Diana Hyland' (qv), 18 years his senior. She died of cancer in his arms in 1977.

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