John Travolta

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

18th February, 1954







John Travolta (born 18.2.1954)

John Travolta is an American actor who rose to fame with his lead role in the film Grease.

John Travolta: Childhood

John Travolta was born in New Jersey, New York City, the youngest of six siblings. His father, Salvatore, was a tyre salesman and an ex-footballer. His mother Cecilia was an actress and a singer. She later became a drama teacher at high school level. The Travolta family lived in an Irish-American neighbourhood and was a Catholic family.

John Travolta: Acting Career

When he graduated from Dwight Morrow High School, John Travolta moved to New York City and earned himself a role in a touring version of Grease, as well as a part in Over Here! on Broadway. He later moved to LA in order to advance his show business career.

One of Travolta's first TV acting jobs was as a messenger on CBS's soap opera The Edge of Night. In 1976, Travolta landed his first notable movie role, when he played the bully who played a trick on Carrie White (as played by Sissy Spacek) in Carrie.

Travolta's breakthrough role came around the same time, when he starred as Vinni Barbarino in the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. The show also featured his sister, Ellen.

In 1977, Travolta appeared as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and the following year he landed the role of Danny Zuko in the film version of Grease. These two films are perhaps two of his best known. He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, aged just 24, but lost out to Richard Dreyfuss.

In 1980, John Travolta starred in Urban Cowboy, alongside Debra Winger. The film inspired a surge in the popularity of country music. However, following its release, Travolta's career took something of a downturn. Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, was a flop, as was Two of A Kind, a romantic comedy that saw him work once more with Olivia Newton-John, his co-star in Grease. Aside from a role in Look Who's Talking, which also starred Kirstie Alley and Bruce Willis, none of his films of this era were successful. Travolta took a hiatus from his career and focused on learning to become a pilot.

In 1994, John Travolta's career was revived when Quentin Tarantino asked him to play Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Vega.

Following Pulp Fiction, Travolta's phone began to ring again and he appeared in films such as Get Shorty in 1995 and Face / Off, alongside Nicolas Cage, in 1997. In 1998, Travolta starred as a presidential candidate, loosely based on Bill Clinton, in Primary Colors.

Until this point, John Travolta's newly resurrected career had been met with positive reviews. However, in 2000, he starred in Battlefield Earth, which was based on a fictional work by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. The film was widely panned by film critics. Travolta then went on to star in Wild Hogs, which received a lukewarm response, as did the remake of Hairspray, Travolta's first musical appearance since Grease.

John Travolta: Personal Life

In 1991, John Travolta married the actress Kelly Preston. The couple have a son, Jett and a daughter, Ella Bleu.

Among his many privately-owned aircraft is an Australian Boeing 707-138 airliner. His home is a $4.9 million estate, with its own runway, by Greystone Airport.

John Travolta has been a follower of the Scientology movement since 1975.

The Nominations For The Razzies Have Been Announced

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 21 January 2019

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The awards celebrate all the worst films over the past year with ex-husband and wife duo, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, in the mix

The awards season are in full flow and, a day before the Oscar nominations are announced, many actors have learned of their inclusion in a much less coveted list: the Golden Raspberries. The Razzies hand out accolades to those who have not performed as well as their Oscar-nominated counterparts and, this year, ex-husband and wife combination - Johnny Depp and Amber Heard - have been recognised for particular roles.

Image caption Former couple, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, have been nominated for Razzies

In addition, former Oscar winner, Dame Helen Mirren, has been gifted her first Razzie nomination for horror, Winchester, alongside husband and wife team, John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

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Kelly Preston and John Travolta at the premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' held at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Festival de Palais. It's the latest stand-alone addition to the 'Star Wars' franchise which focuses on the origin story of Han Solo - Cannes, France - Tuesday 15th May 2018

Limp Bizkit Singer Fred Durst Working With John Travolta On New Film

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 March 2018

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Durst is working with the iconic Travolta on a semi-biographical project titled 'Moose'.

Did anyone see this coming? Former rock frontman Fred Durst – yes, he the reverse-baseball cap wearing singer in one-time nu-metal titans Limp Bizkit – is set to direct a new thriller movie starring none other than the legendary John Travolta.

The 64 year old actor is joining Devon Sawa in a new film titled Moose, a project that’s partly based on Durst’s own life, and particularly the incident in which he was stalked by a crazed fan several years ago.

According to Variety on Wednesday (March 7th), Travolta will play the titular lead in the film, concerning “a rabid movie fan obsessed with his favourite celebrity action hero [played by Sawa]. As Moose’s obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to ambition of destroying the star’s life — a story inspired by a real-life fan who stalked Durst many years ago.”

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John Travolta at the G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala, held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. The event included a moving tribute to the late Heath Ledger, who passed away 10 years ago this month - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th January 2018

John Travolta Calls Out "Fake News" Regarding Reported Cancellation Of New Film 'Gotti'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 December 2017

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Travolta took exception at initial reports that Lionsgate had axed new gangster film 'Gotti' with just 10 days to go before release.

John Travolta has hit out at what he calls “fake news” regarding the reasons behind the cancellation of his new movie Gotti just ten days before its theatrical release.

Lionsgate Premiere had been set to release the gangster film Gotti on December 15th, but news emerged on Tuesday (December 5th) via industry-monitoring website Tracking Board that the film would no longer be released and that the rights had reverted back to the movie’s producers.

However, 63 year old Travolta was adamant to explain that the situation wasn’t quite as it had been reported, and reached out to Deadline the following day to explain what had actually happened. He and Lionsgate had mutually cancelled its rollout, and he had then bought it back off them so it could get a wider release with a different distributor in producer Edward Walson.

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Samuel L. Jackson (as Jules Winnfield), John Travolta (as Vincent Vega) Pulp Fiction (1994) Directed by Quentin Tarantino USA - 1994 Where: United States When: 01 Jan 1994

A Dark Fan Theory Claims That Danny And Sandy Are Actually Dead In 'Grease'

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 September 2016

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So does this explain the car flying off into the sky at the end of the movie?

A theory about classic musical Grease posted on Reddit three years ago has resurfaced on social media, giving fans a lot to think about. The fan theory, concocted by user ‘atomicbolt’, claims that main characters Sandy and Danny are actually dead and the whole movie is just ‘a drowning woman's coma fantasy’.

Image caption Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' might have looked very different, according to leaked documents

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Kris Jenner On David Schwimmer In His Role As Robert Kardashian: "I Think David Has Robert Down Pat"

By Elinor Cosgrave in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 May 2015

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Kris Jenner thinks Selma Blair and David Schwimmer, the actors who will play her and her former husband Robert Kardashian in 'American Crime Story', are "great".

Kris Jenner approves of David Schwimmer and Selma Blair in the roles of her former husband, Robert Kardashian, and herself. The two actors will star as Kardashian and Jenner in the upcoming anthology series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Image caption Kris Jenner thinks David Schwimmer is "great".

Read More: John Travolta Joins Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story.

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John Travolta Cast In 'American Crime Story' Series About O.J. Simpson Trial

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 May 2015

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'American Crime Story' is directed by Ryan Murphy, also responsible for 'American Horror Story', and includes David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson.

John Travolta has signed on to star in a new true crime anthology series for FX next year concerning the infamous O. J. Simpson trial. ‘American Crime Story’ is set to debut in 2016, and the momentous trial will be the subject of its first season.

The former Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction star will play the part of Robert Shapiro, Simpson’s attorney. He’ll be starring alongside a host of already confirmed names such as Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer, Sarah Poulson and Selma Blair, according to the Associated Press.

Image caption John Travolta is included in the 'American Crime Story' series about the O.J. Simpson trial

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John Travolta Doesn't Care To See Alex Gibney's Scientology Documentary

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 April 2015

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John Travolta has defended his controversial church and says he hasn't seen Alex Gibney's controversial documentary.

John Travolta has come out in defence of his controversial religion Scientology after the release of Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which depicts the church as dangerous.

Image caption John Travolta has defended his controversial church

Travolta, who converted to Scientology in 1975, told the Tampa Bay Times that he hasn't watched the film and that he doesn't "really care" to see it.

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Scarlett Johansson Says John Travolta Is Not Creepy

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 February 2015

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The actress has released a statement explaining Travolta's Oscars greeting

Did you think John Travolta was being inappropriate, creepy and weird around Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars? Yes, so did everyone else. But it turns out that we were all very, very wrong.

Scarlett Johansson definitely looked happier to be with her husband, Romain, than Travolta

What we were actually witnessing, it turns out, was a "very sweet and totally welcome" gesture.

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John Travolta - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Idina Menzel Gets Revenge On John Travolta For Last Year's Oscars Gaffe

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 24 February 2015

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This year it was Menzel's turn to pronounce Travolta's name incorrectly, in a humorous acknowledgment of his "Adele Dazeem" mistake last year.

Idina Menzel got her revenge on John Travolta at this year’s Oscars, twelve months after he pronounced her name totally incorrectly at last year’s ceremony. Speaking to the audience before they presented the trophy for Best Original Song together, she said “please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo.”

One year ago, 60 year old Travolta caused one of the #epicfail moments of the evening after he introduced the Frozen singer to the stage as “Adele Dazeem”. Taking to the podium this time, the actor embraced her and said “I deserve that, but you, my darling, my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel.”

Image caption Travolta arrives on the red carpet for another awkward Oscars night

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston - Celebrities attend 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Plaza. - Los Angeles, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014