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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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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

Samuel L. Jackson, Jules Winnfield, John Travolta and Vincent Vega

John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown in the press room at the 68th Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th September 2016

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John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown
John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown
John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown
John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown
John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown

John Travolta and Kelly Preston seen on the red carpet at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 19th September 2016

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston seen on the red carpet at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th September 2016

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
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Here's Why The 'Grease' Death Theory Is Total Balderdash


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A really creepy 'Grease' fan theory has recently resurfaced, and we want to put it to rest once and for all. According to some fans, 'Grease' is basically the fever dream of lead character Sandy who allegedly drowned during her summer fun with Danny Zuko. 

GreasePeople have got to stop saying that Sandy drowned

In 2013, a Reddit fan theory arose claiming a rather morbid scenario for the 1978 musical film 'Grease' starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. In a nutshell, it said that Sandy died at the beach whilst she was with Danny on vacation and everything that happens in the movie is all in her head. A lazy theory if ever we heard one. Unfortunately, the suggestion has somehow managed to trend once again.

Continue reading: Here's Why The 'Grease' Death Theory Is Total Balderdash

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


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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’.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-JohnGrease stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

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.

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

I Am Wrath Trailer


Stanley and his wife lead a quiet life, their daughter is grown up and Stanley is currently unemployed. When he and his wife are brutally targeted in a car park, Vivian is fatally shot. Once the culprits behind the crime are caught they're sent to trial only to be found not guilty - protected by corrupt officials only out for their own gain.

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John Travolta Posts Touching Tribute To Late Son Jett On Seventh Anniversary Of His Death


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A Facebook post reportedly made by John Travolta, describing his heartbreak over the loss of his son Jett seven years ago has gone viral, despite being deleted from the actor’s page. In the post Travolta described Jett as ‘my everything’ adding, ‘those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally.’

John TravoltaA Facebook post reportedly written by John Travolta about his late son Jett has gone viral.

"They say the hardest thing in the world is losing a parent. I can now say that isn’t true. The hardest thing in the world is losing a child,” the 61-year-old reportedly wrote (via The Express). "Someone you raised and watched grow everyday. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love.”

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Leaked Documents Show Alternative Castings For Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'


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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 TarantinoQuentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' might have looked very different, according to leaked documents

Continue reading: Leaked Documents Show Alternative Castings For Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'

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


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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 JennerKris Jenner thinks David Schwimmer is "great".

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

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

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


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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 TravoltaJohn 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


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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.

John TravoltaJohn 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

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.

Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Says John Travolta Is Not Creepy

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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John Travolta

Date of birth

18th February, 1954

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.88


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