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  • . John Travolta was the youngest of six children. John was born and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. John's brother Joey and sister Ellen are also well known actors. The Travoltas encouraged creativity in their children. John's father built a theater in the basement of their home and nightly shows were the norm. John performed in school shows and also in local dinner theater. In addition to learning his craft in an actors workshop, John was fortunate to take dance lessons from Fred Kelly, the brother of one of our greatest dancers, Gene Kelly. 

    John Travolta never received a high school diploma. John quit school at 16 to pursue a career in acting. John was cast in the touring company of "Grease" and on Broadway in 1973 in "Over Here". 

    Back in the mid-70s the TV series "Welcome Back Kotter" was one of the most popular of the day. John Travolta's character, Sweathog, Vinnie Barbarino commanded the screen every time he walked into a scene. He quickly became a teen idol. 

    John Travolta was cast in the TV movie "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" and won critical acclaim for his performance. John was no longer thought of as just the cute Sweathog. 

    It was his fame and following in "Kotter" that led him to the big screen in "Saturday Night Fever". John Travolta had done other films and TV movies, but this was his movie. Other films followed, but none with the same impact. In 1989, "Look Who's Talking" returned him to a welcoming audience. This was followed by two sequels in 1990 and 1993. 

    John Travolta career has been on the rise ever since his 1994 sensation "Pulp Fiction". A whirlwind of films have followed, "Get Shorty", "Broken Arrow", "Phenomenon", "Michael", "Face Off" and "Mad City". And there are more to come. 

    John Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, are proud parents of son, Jett. 


    Monday, Jan. 4, 1999 - Rosie O'Donnell
    Friday, Jan. 8, 1999 - Jay Leno


    Golden Globe - 1996 - "Get Shorty" - Best performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical 
    Golden Globe - 1979 - World Film Favorite - Male 
    ShoWest Convention, USA - 1996 - Male Star of the Year
    "John Travolta" by Michael Reeves (Jove Books, 1978)
    1998 - Primary Colors  .... Gov. Jack Stanton  
    1997 - Mad City  .... Sam Baily  
    1997 - Face/Off  .... Sean Archer  
    1997 - You're Still Not Fooling Anybody  (archive footage) .... Vincent Vega  
    1997 - She's So Lovely  .... Joey  
    1996 - Michael  .... Michael  
    1996 - Phenomenon  .... George Malley  
    1996 - Broken Arrow .... Vic Deakins  
    1995 - Get Shorty .... Chili Palmer  
    1995 - White Man's Burden  .... Louis Pinnock  
    1994 - Pulp Fiction .... Vincent Vega  
    1993 - Look Who's Talking Now .... James Ubriacco  
    1991 - Eyes of an Angel .... Bobby  
    1991 - Shout .... Jack Cabe  
    1990 - Look Who's Talking Too .... James Ubriacco  
    1989 - Experts, The .... Travis  
    1989 - Look Who's Talking .... James Ubriacco  
    1985 - Perfect .... Adam Lawrence  
    1983 - Staying Alive .... Tony Manero  
    1983 - Two of a Kind .... Zack Melon  
    1981 - Blow Out .... Jack  
    1980 - Urban Cowboy .... Bud  
    1978 - Grease .... Danny Zuko  
    1978 - Moment by Moment .... Strip  
    1977 - Saturday Night Fever .... Tony Manero  
    1976 - Carrie .... Billy Nolan  
    1976 - Tenth Level, The  
    1975 - Devil's Rain, The .... Danny 
    TV Projects 
    1997 - Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life (TV) .... Himself 
    1992 - Boris and Natasha (TV) .... John Travolta 
    1991 - Chains of Gold (TV) .... Scott Barnes  
    1989 - Twist of Fate (TV) 
    1987 - Basements (TV) .... Ben  
    1987 - Dumb Waiter, The (TV) .... Ben 
    1976 - Boy in the Plastic Bubble, The (TV) .... Tod Lubitch 
    1975 - "Welcome Back, Kotter" TV Series .... Vinnie Barbarino (1975)
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      February 18, 1954 
      Englewood, NJ 
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    . "Primary Colors" - 20 March 1998. Politically themed from Universal Pictures with John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Adrian Lester, Billy Bob Thornton, Maura Tierney, Kathy Bates. 

    "The Thin Red Line" - December 1998 from Fox 2000 Pictures. Cast includes: Adrien Brody, Ben Chaplin, James Caviezel, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Bill Pullman, John Cusack

    "A Civil Action" - 1998 release from Walt Disney Productions.  Cast includes:  Robert Duvall, John Lithgow, William H. Macy, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub, John Travolta. 

    "The Shipping News" - 1999 release with Kelly Preston and John Travolta. 

    "The General's Daughter" - 1999 release.  Cast:  Rick Dial, James Cromwell, John Frankenheimer, Timothy Hutton, Boyd Kestner, Leslie Stefanson, Madeleine Stowe, John Travolta, Clarence Williams III, James Woods. 

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