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.
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’.
Atomicbolt was wondering, how did Sandy and Danny’s red convertible manage to fly into the sky at the end of the movie?. While the question is certainly valid, the user came up with their own theory, that gives the high school musical a very dark twist.
Prepare to have your mind blown by the list of actors who might have taken the places of some of the 1994 movie's iconic performances.
Pulp Fiction has long since passed into the annals of movie history, confirming its director Quentin Tarantino as one of the modern greats of cinema and becoming arguably the biggest cult film of the 1990s. But, according to leaked documents, it could have looked very different indeed, as it turns out that many of its stars may not have been Tarantino’s first choices for their respective roles.
His wishlist – which has not yet been officially confirmed as genuine by Tarantino’s reps – was leaked via Reddit on Tuesday (September 15th) and makes for extremely interesting reading. Consisting of two sheets of hand-typed paper, the biggest revelation is that John Travolta, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as gangster Vincent Vega, was not Tarantino’s first choice. Rather, he originally wanted Michael Madsen – who of course did star in his first movie Reservoir Dogs just two years before – to play the part.
Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' might have looked very different, according to leaked documents
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.
Kris Jenner thinks David Schwimmer is "great".
'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.
John Travolta is included in the 'American Crime Story' series about the O.J. Simpson trial
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.
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.
Continue reading: John Travolta Doesn't Care To See Alex Gibney's Scientology Documentary
The actress has released a statement explaining Travolta's Oscars greeting
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.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Says John Travolta Is Not Creepy
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.”
Travolta arrives on the red carpet for another awkward Oscars night
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Gets Revenge On John Travolta For Last Year's Oscars Gaffe
Hopefully John Travolta won't be introducing Rita Ora. That could cause problems.
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.
John Travolta is heaing back to the Oscars
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.
Continue reading: Adele Dazeem: Will John Travolta Make His Second Oscars Flub?
Ryan Murphy has landed John Travolta for his new show.
John Travolta is following the likes of Matthew McConaughey into the world of television after landing a starring role in FX's highly anticipated new show American Crime Story: The People v O.J Simpson, from Ryan Murphy.
John Travolta will play a starring role in FX's American Crime Story
Travolta will also act as a producer on the 10-episode miniseries, in which he'll play Robert Shapiro - a key member of Simpson's defense "Dream Team" during the murder trial. He joins an already strong cast, with David Schwimmer playing Robert Kardashian (the father of Kim et al), Sarah Paulson playing prosecutor Marcia Clark and Cuba Gooding Jr playing Simpson himself.
Continue reading: John Travolta Joins Murphy's 'American Crime Story'
Let's forget the controversy for a minute. In Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has managed to assemble another top draw soundtrack; established names like Ennio Morricone are including, as past and present soul and R&B stars like James Brown and Rick Ross, right up to modern contemporaries like John Legend - even Tupac makes an appearance. But how does it compare with some of the great sound tracks that the director has been known for over the past three decades; in fact, what are the best songs to appear in Tarantino films? We've had a bit of a think and have put together ten songs that we don't think any self-respecting fan of the man could leave out.
Tito And Tarantula ‘After Dark’ (from From Dusk Till Dawn)
Continue reading: Ten Of The Best Quentin Tarantino Movie Soundtrack Songs
Date of birth
18th February, 1954
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