John Travolta

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John Travolta

John Travolta in 2013
Born John Joseph Travolta
February 18, 1954 (1954-02-18) (age 60)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Jumbolair subdivision; Ocala, Florida
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer, producer, writer
Years active 1969–present
Religion Roman Catholic (until 1975)
Scientologist (1975-present)
Spouse Kelly Preston (1991–present)
  • Jett Travolta (1992–2009)
  • Ella Bleu Travolta (b. 2000)
  • Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010)

John Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, pilot, and dancer. He starred in the movies Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John and Pulp Fiction with Samuel L. Jackson. He is also in the movie Hairspray.

Travolta, the youngest of six children,[1] was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey. His father, Salvatore Travolta (November 1912 – May 1995),[2] was a semi-professional American football player of Italian descent. His mother, Helen Cecilia (née Burke, January 1912 – December 1978),[2] was an Irish-American actress and singer. He was raised Roman Catholic, but changed to Scientology in 1975.[3][4]

Personal life[change | change source]

Travolta dancing with Princess Diana at the White House, November 9, 1985

Travolta was in a relationship with actress Diana Hyland. They met when making the movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Hyland died of breast cancer in 1977.[5]

Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991. The couple had a son, Jett (1992–2009).[6] Their daughter, Ella Bleu, was born in 2000. On May 18, 2010, Travolta and Preston said she was pregnant with the couple's third child.[7] Later they said it would be a boy.[8] Their son, Benjamin, was born on November 23, 2010 in Florida.[9]

Filmography[change | change source]

List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Tenth Level, TheThe Tenth Level John TV movie
1975 Devil's Rain, TheThe Devil's Rain Danny
1976 Boy in the Plastic Bubble, TheThe Boy in the Plastic Bubble Tod Lubitch
1976 Carrie Billy Nolan
1977 Saturday Night Fever Tony Manero
1978 Moment by Moment Strip Harrison
1978 Grease Daniel "Danny" Zuko
1980 Urban Cowboy Buford 'Bud' Uan Davis
1981 Blow Out Jack Terry
1983 Staying Alive Tony Manero
1983 Two of a Kind Zack Melon
1985 Perfect Adam Lawrence
1987 Basements Ben TV segment "The Dumb Waiter"
1989 Look Who's Talking James Ubriacco
1989 Experts, TheThe Experts Travis
1990 Look Who's Talking Too James Ubriacco
1991 Shout Jack Cabe
1991 Eyes Of An Angel Bobby aka The Tender
1991 Chains of Gold Scott Barnes TV movie; also writer
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Himself cameo
1993 Look Who's Talking Now James Ubriacco
1994 Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995 Get Shorty Chili Palmer
1995 White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock
1996 Michael Michael
1996 Phenomenon George Malley
1996 Orientation: A Scientology Information Film Himself short subject
1996 Broken Arrow Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
1997 Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Himself documentary
1997 Mad City Sam Baily
1997 Face/Off Sean Archer/Castor Troy
1997 She's So Lovely Joey Giamonti also executive producer
1998 Civil Action, AA Civil Action Jan Schlichtmann
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Brigadier General Quintard Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
1998 Junket Whore Himself documentary
1998 Primary Colors Governor Jack Stanton Nomination—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999 General's Daughter, TheThe General's Daughter Warr. Off. Paul Brenner/Sgt. Frank White
1999 Our Friend, Martin Kyle's dad animated educational film, voice only
2000 Welcome to Hollywood Himself mockumentary; cameo
2000 Lucky Numbers Russ Richards
2000 Battlefield Earth Terl also producer
Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2001 Domestic Disturbance Frank Morrison
2001 Swordfish Gabriel Shear
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember "Austinpussy" Johann van der Smut (Goldmember) / Himself cameo
2003 Basic Tom Hardy
2004 Ladder 49 Captain Mike Kennedy
2004 Love Song for Bobby Long, AA Love Song for Bobby Long Bobby Long
2004 Punisher, TheThe Punisher Howard Saint
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D James Benson "Jim" Irwin narrator; documentary
2005 Be Cool Chili Palmer
2006 Lonely Hearts Elmer C. Robinson
2007 Wild Hogs Woody Stevens
2007 Hairspray Edna Turnblad
2008 Bolt Bolt the Dog voice
2009 Taking of Pelham 123, TheThe Taking of Pelham 123 Benard Ryder
2009 Old Dogs Charlie Reed
2010 From Paris with Love Charlie Wax
2012 Savages Dennis
2013 Killing Season Emil Kovac
List of credits in series television
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Emergency! Chuck Benson[10] Episode: "Kids"
1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Episode: "A Piece of God"
1973 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Eddie Halley Episode: " Frozen Smoke"
1974 Medical Center Danny Episode: "Saturday's Child"
1975–1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Vincent "Vinnie" Barbarino Credited as "Special Guest Star" (Season 4 only)

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

Year Album US
1974 Over Here!
1976 John Travolta 39
1977 Can't Let You Go 66
1978 Travolta Fever 161
Grease 1
1983 Two of a Kind 26
1986 The Road to Freedom
1996 Let Her In: The Best of John Travolta
2003 The Collection
2007 Hairspray

References[change | change source]

  1. Pearce, Garth (July 15, 2007). "On the move: John Travolta". Times Online (London). Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. Flynn, Gaynor (February 28, 2010). "The resurrection man". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  4. "The Big Question: John Travolta". "THE BIG QUESTION" BBC1. January 28, 2004. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  5. "Biography of Diana Hyland". IMDB. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
  6. Douglas Thompson (January 3, 2009). "'For John Travolta, protecting Jett was everything'". London: Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  7. "John Travolta and Kelly Preston Are Expecting!". People. May 18, 2010.,,20386272,00.html. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  8. "Kelly Preston and John Travolta Expecting a Boy!". August 25, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  9. "John Travolta and Kelly Preston Welcome Son Benjamin". November 24, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.

Other websites[change | change source]