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


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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.

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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


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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.

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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

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


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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.”

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Travolta arrives on the red carpet for another awkward Oscars night

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Kelly Preston and John Travolta - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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Adele Dazeem: Will John Travolta Make His Second Oscars Flub?


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It's strange how TV works. Though John Travolta made one of the biggest, most nonsensical flubs at last year's Oscars - announcing Frozen singer Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" - the actor has been invited back to have another stab at presenting at Sunday's ceremony. Travolta's mishap sent Twitter into overdrive in 2014 and the producers are probably hoping for a few extra intrigued channel hoppers this time around.

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Travolta joins a slew of stars tasked with handing out the statuettes, including Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, David Oyelowo, Sienna Miller, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer and others.

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