John Travolta

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John Travolta

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, 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
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated—Oscar Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • 3rd place—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
  • 3rd place—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1978 Moment by Moment Strip Harrison
1978 Grease Daniel "Danny" Zuko
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor — Musical or Comedy
1980 Urban Cowboy Buford 'Bud' Uan Davis
1981 Blow Out Jack Terry
1983 Staying Alive Tony Manero Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1983 Two of a Kind Zack Melon Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1985 Perfect Adam Lawrence Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1989 The Experts Travis Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1990 Look Who's Talking Too James Ubriacco
1991 Shout Jack Cabe Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
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
  • Nominated—Oscar 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—CFCA Award for Best Actor
  • 3rd place—DFWFCA for Best Actor
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)
  • ALFS Award for Actor of the Year
  • LAFCA Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance, Dance Sequence (with Uma Thurman) & On-Screen Duo (with Samuel L. Jackson
  • 3rd place—NSFC Award for Best Actor
  • Stockholm Film Festival for Best Actor
1995 White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock
1995 Get Shorty Chili Palmer
1996 Broken Arrow Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain & Fight (with Christian Slater)
1996 Phenomenon George Malley
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor — Drama
  • Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance & Kiss (with Kyra Sedgwick)
1996 Michael Michael
1997 She's So Lovely Joey Giamonti Also executive producer
1997 Face/Off Sean Archer/Castor Troy
  • Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor (with Nicolas Cage
  • Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Adventure
  • MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo, Male Performance & Villain (with Nicolas Cage)
1997 Mad City Sam Baily
1998 Primary Colors Governor Jack Stanton
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy/Musical
  • Nominated—OFTA Film Award for Best Comedy/Musical Actor
1998 The Thin Red Line Brigadier General Quintard Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
1998 A Civil Action Jan Schlichtmann Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor — Drama
1999 The General's Daughter Warr. Off. Paul Brenner Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor — Suspense
2000 Battlefield Earth Terl
2000 Lucky Numbers Russ Richards
2001 Swordfish Gabriel Shear
  • Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade
  • Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2001 Domestic Disturbance Frank Morrison
  • Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade
  • Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
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
  • Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
  • Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year
  • Nominated—OFTA Film Award for Best Music, Adapted Song (performer)
  • Ensemble Cast Award
2008 Bolt Bolt the Dog
  • Voice
  • Nominated—Critics Choice Award for Best Song 'I Thought I Lost You' (shared with Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele)
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Benard Ryder
2009 Old Dogs Charlie Reed Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2010 From Paris with Love Charlie Wax
2012 Savages Dennis
2013 Killing Season Emil Kovac
2014 The Forger Ray Cutter Post-production
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
  • Nominated—TV Land Award for Blockbuster Movie of the Week (with Glynnis O'Connor)
1975–1979 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

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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