||.||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
Golden Globe - 1996 - "Get Shorty" - Best performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalPrint
"John Travolta" by Michael Reeves (Jove Books, 1978)Films
1998 - Primary Colors .... Gov. Jack StantonTV Projects
1997 - Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life (TV) .... HimselfBio
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- 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.
"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,
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