John Travolta

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John Travolta

Travolta in 2013
Born John Joseph Travolta
February 18, 1954 (1954-02-18) (age 61)
Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Residence Jumbolair subdivision; Ocala, Florida
Occupation Actor, dancer, producer, singer, writer, pilot
Years active 1972–present
Religion Roman Catholic (until 1975)
Scientologist (1975-present)
Spouse Kelly Preston (1991–present)
Children
  • Jett Travolta (1992–2009)
  • Ella Bleu Travolta (b. 2000)
  • Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010)
Website
http://www.travolta.com

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer and singer.

Biography[change | change source]

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

The youngest of six children,[1] he 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] Travolta was engaged with Diana Hyland who died of breast cancer in 1977, they met while filming The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.[5] He 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] He starred in the movies Grease with Olivia Newton-John, Pulp Fiction with Samuel L. Jackson and Hairspray.

Filmography[change | change source]

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Devil's Rain Danny
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
1989 The 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
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Himself cameo
1993 Look Who's Talking Now James Ubriacco
1994 Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995 White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock
1995 Get Shorty Chili Palmer
1996 Broken Arrow Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
1996 Phenomenon George Malley
1996 Michael Michael
1997 She's So Lovely Joey Giamonti Also executive producer
1997 Face/Off Sean Archer/Castor Troy
1997 Mad City Sam Baily
1998 Primary Colors Governor Jack Stanton
1998 The Thin Red Line Brigadier General Quintard
1998 A Civil Action Jan Schlichtmann
1999 The General's Daughter Warr. Off. Paul Brenner
2000 Battlefield Earth Terl Also producer
2000 Lucky Numbers Russ Richards
2001 Swordfish Gabriel Shear
2001 Domestic Disturbance Frank Morrison
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself / Famous Goldmember ('Austinpussy') Cameo
2003 Basic Tom Hardy
2004 The Punisher Howard Saint
2004 A Love Song for Bobby Long Bobby Long
2004 Ladder 49 Captain Mike Kennedy
2005 Be Cool Chili Palmer
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D James Irwin
  • Voice
  • Documentary
2006 Lonely Hearts Elmer C. Robinson
2007 Wild Hogs Woody Stevens
2007 Hairspray Edna Turnblad
2008 Bolt Bolt Voice
2009 The 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
2014 The Forger Ray Cutter
2014 Gummy Bear the Movie Gummy Bear Voice
2015 Criminal Activities Eddie Post-production
2015 In a Valley of Violence Ray Cutter Filming
TBA A Three Dog Life Rich Pre-production
Direct-to-video
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Our Friend, Martin Kyle's Dad Voice
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Emergency! Chuck Benson[10] Episode: Kids
1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law N/A Episode: A Piece of God
1973 The Rookies Eddie Halley Episode: Frozen Smoke
1974 Nightmare Man Outside Store
  • Movie
  • Uncredited
1974 Medical Center Danny Episode: Saturday's Child
1976 The Tenth Level College Student
  • Movie
  • Uncredited
1976 Mr T. and Tina Vinnie Barbarino Episode: Pilot
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Tod Lubitch Movie
1975–79 Welcome Back, Kotter Vinnie Barbarino 79 episodes
1987 Basements Ben
  • Movie
  • Segment: The Dumb Waiter
1989 Boris and Natasha Himself Movie
2001 The Drew Carey Show Vinnie Barbarino Episode: What's Wrong with This Episode IV
2014 Kirstie Mickey Russo Episode: Mickey & Maddie

Discography[change | change source]

Albums
Year Title 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

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
1977 Saturday Night Fever National Board of Review Award for Best Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award 3rd place
1978 Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Nominated
1979 Grease Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy Nominated
1984 Staying Alive and Two of a Kind Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Nominated
1986 Perfect Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Nominated
1990 Two of a Kind, Staying Alive, Perfect and The Experts Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor of the Deacade Nominated
1992 Shout Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
1994 Pulp Fiction Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Stockholm Film Festival Award for Best Actor Won
1995 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor 3rd place
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor Won
London Critics Circle Film Award for Actor of the Year Won
MTV Movie Awards for Dance Sequence Won
MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor 3rd place
1995 Get Shorty New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor Nominated
1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast Nominated
American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Broken Arrow MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Nominated
1997 Phenomenon Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Drama Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Nominated
1998 Face/Off Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure Nominated
[[MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo Won
MTV Movie Award for Male Performance Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Villain Nominated
1999 Primary Colors Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Comedy/Musical Actor Nominated
1999 The Thin Red Line Satellite Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble Won
A Civil Action Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Drama Nominated
2000 The General's Daughter Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Suspense Nominated
2001 Battlefield Earth Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Couple Won
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Won
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture Nominated
2002 Swordfish and Domestic Disturbance Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Nominated
2006 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble TV Land Award for Blockbuster Movie of the Week Nominated
2007 Hairspray Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year Won
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Hall of Shame Won
2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble Won
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Music, Adapted Song Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Won
2009 Bolt Critics Choice Award for Best Song Nominated
2010 Lucky Numbers, Battlefield Earth, Swordfish, Domestic Disturbance and Old Dogs Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor of the Decade Nominated
2010 Old Dogs Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Nominated

References[change | change source]

  1. Pearce, Garth (July 15, 2007). "On the move: John Travolta". Times Online (London). http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/article2068940.ece. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Social Security Death Index". Ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. Flynn, Gaynor (February 28, 2010). "The resurrection man". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/the-resurrection-man-20100227-pa1y.html. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  4. "The Big Question: John Travolta". "THE BIG QUESTION" BBC1. January 28, 2004. http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/bbc250198.html. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  5. "Biography of Diana Hyland". IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0405076/bio. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
  6. Douglas Thompson (January 3, 2009). "'For John Travolta, protecting Jett was everything'". London: Dailymail.co.uk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1104777/For-John-Travolta-protecting-Jett-He-control-Thats-flew-plane-says-biographer.html. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  7. "John Travolta and Kelly Preston Are Expecting!". People. May 18, 2010. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20386272,00.html. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  8. "Kelly Preston and John Travolta Expecting a Boy!". People.com. August 25, 2010. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2010/08/25/kelly-preston-and-john-travolta-expecting-a-boy/. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  9. "John Travolta and Kelly Preston Welcome Son Benjamin". People.com. November 24, 2010. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2010/11/24/john-travolta-kelly-preston-welcome-son-benjamin/. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  10. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000237/#actor1970

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