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John Travolta Biography

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.

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Jaci's picture


Dear JohnI just want to send my deepest sympathy to you, your wife kelly and daughter on the tragic loss of your precious son Jett. As a mother of 3 daughters i just cant even begin to understand the pain you are going through. I hope and prey through your tears you can hang on to the wonderful memories you will treasure forever.ALL OUR LOVEJACI AND FAMILYX

5 years 3 months ago
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Dear Travolta family, I am very sorry to hear about your son. I am sorry if this is in the wrong comment box. but I live in danville virginia and I read and heard about the family. I understand that this will at least let you know you are not alone. we as fans love you Travoltas and we stand by you all with hugs and prayers. your family are very beautiful and the love you all carry will be eternal. Thank you for the families time:I love all your movies LOVE all Flack family

5 years 3 months ago
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John and family, I am so sorry about Jett. I lost my 23 yr. old daughter Lori in 2005. I do know the heartache you have suffered. You will be in my prayers always, Becky Davis from Indiana

5 years 3 months ago
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how sorry i im to hear abt ya son jett. u both have the memories u share n treasure n in ya hearts he always stay. hope the rest of 2009 will get better for u all.they say the 1styr is the hardest tc travolta fan always xx

5 years 3 months ago
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i really cant stand anyone who is associated with cults like scienctology, check this out

6 years 10 months ago
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francine walker...


5 years 3 months ago
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Britta's picture


Battlefield EarthNobody like to saw it in the Cinema. Now we cansaw it on TV. Sh.. :(

7 years 7 months ago
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