John Travolta

BirthDay:

18 Feb 1954

BirthPlace:

Englewood, New Jersey, USA

BirthName:

John Joseph Travolta

Bio:

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ. Travolta started acting appearing in a local production of "Who'll Save the Plowboy?". His mother, herself an actress and dancer, enrolled him in a drama school in New York, where he studied voice, dancing and acting. He decided to combine all three of these skills and become a musical comedy performer. At 16 he landed his first professional job in a summer stock production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie". He quit school at 16 and moved to New York, and worked regularly in summer stock and on television commercials. When work became scarce in New York, he went to Hollywood and appeared in minor roles in several series. A role in the national touring company of the hit 1950s musical "Grease" brought him back to New York. An opening in the New York production of "Grease" gave him his first Broadway role at age 18. After "Grease", he became a member of the company of the Broadway show "Over Here", which starred The Andrews Sisters. After ten months in "Over Here", he decided to try Hollywood once again. Once back in Hollywood, he had little trouble getting roles in numerous television shows. He was seen on The Rookies (1972), Emergency! (1972) and Medical Center (1969) and also made a movie, The Devil's Rain (1975), which was shot in New Mexico. The day he returned to Hollywood from New Mexico, he was called to an audition for a new situation comedy series ABC was planning to produce called Welcome Back, Kotter (1975). He got the part of Vinnie Barbarino and the series went on the air during the 1975 fall season.

He starred in a number of monumental films, earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever (1977), which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s. He went on to star in the big-screen version of the long-running musical Grease (1978) and the wildly successful Urban Cowboy (1980), which also influenced trends in popular culture. Additional film credits include the Brian De Palma thrillers Carrie (1976) and Blow Out (1981), as well as Amy Heckerling's hit comedy Look Who's Talking (1989) and Nora Ephron's comic hit Michael (1996). Travolta starred in Phenomenon (1996) and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo's top-grossing Broken Arrow (1996). He also starred in the classic Face/Off (1997) opposite Nicolas Cage, and The General's Daughter (1999), co-starring Madeleine Stowe. In 2005, Travolta reprised the role of ultra cool Chili Palmer in the Get Shorty (1995) sequel Be Cool (2005). In addition, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), which was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where both Travolta and the films won rave reviews. In February 2011, John was honored by Europe's leading weekly program magazine HORZU, with the prestigious Golden Camera Award for "Best Actor International" in Berlin, Germany. Other recent feature film credits include box-office hit-comedy "Wild Hogs," the action-thriller Ladder 49 (2004), the movie version of the successful comic book The Punisher (2004), the drama Basic (2003), the psychological thriller Domestic Disturbance (2001), the hit action picture Swordfish (2001), the infamous sci-fi movie Battlefield Earth (2000), based upon the best-selling novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and Lonely Hearts (2006).

Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994). He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards. Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation Get Shorty (1995), winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998, Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in A Civil Action (1998), based on the best-selling book and directed by Steven Zaillian. He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in Primary Colors (1998), directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton, and in 2008, he received his sixth Golden Globe nomination for his role asEdna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit Hairspray (2007). As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognize Travolta with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role.

In addition, Travolta starred opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's remake The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), and he provided the voice of the lead character in Walt Disney Pictures' animated hit _Bolt_, which was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, in addition to Best Song for John and Miley Cyrus' duet titled, "I Thought I Lost You."

Next, Travolta starred in Walt Disney Pictures' Old Dogs (2009), along with Robin Williams, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu Travolta, followed by the action thriller From Paris with Love (2010), starring opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 2012, John starred alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demián Bichir in Oliver Stone's, Savages (2012). The film was based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times' Top 10 Books of 2010. John was most recently seen in Killing Season (2013) co-starring Robert De Niro and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. John recently completed production on the Boston based film, The Forger (2014), alongside Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Critic's Choice nominee Tye Sheridan. John plays a second generation petty thief who arranges to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son (Sheridan) by taking on a job with his father (Plummer) to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. John has received 2 prestigious aviation awards: in 2003 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Award for Excellence for his efforts to promote commercial flying, and in 2007 The Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation award.

John holds 11 jet licenses: 747, 707, Gulfstream II, Lear 24, Hawker 1251A, Eclipse Jet, Vampire Jet, Canadair CL-141 Jet, Soko Jet, Citation ISP and Challenger. Travolta is the Qantas Airways Global Goodwill "Ambassador-at-Large" and piloted the original Qantas 707 during "Spirit of Friendship" global tour in July/August 2002. John is also a business aircraft brand ambassador for Learjet, Challenger and Global jets for the world's leading business aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. John flew the 707 to New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane disaster bringing food and medical supplies, and in 2010, again flew the 707, this time to Haiti after the earthquake, carrying supplies, doctors and volunteers.

John, along with his wife, actress Kelly Preston are also very involved in their charity, The Jett Travolta Foundation, which raises money for children with educational needs.
Filmography

Actor ( 214 credits )

The Life and Death of John Gotti (2017) John Gotti Sr.
I Am Wrath (2016) Stanley Hill
In a Valley of Violence (2016)
American Crime Story (2016)  Robert Shapiro (10 episodes, 2016)
Criminal Activities (2015)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Forger (2014) Ray Cutter
East 'N' Style (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Killing Season (2013) Emil Kovac
Kirstie (2013)  Mickey Russo (1 episode, 2014)
Movie Guide (2013)  Emil Kovac (1 episode, 2013)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Tu cara me suena - Argentina (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Casting By (2012) Himself
Savages (2012) Dennis
America's Book of Secrets (2012)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Tony Manero / ... (archive footage) (5 episodes, 2013-
Paul Williams Still Alive (2011) Himself (archive footage)
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
Rove LA (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
From Paris with Love (2010) Charlie Wax
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Danny Zuko / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hollywood's Top Ten (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Kirstie Alley's Big Life (2010)  Himself - John Travolta (1 episode, 2010)
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  Tony Manero (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Old Dogs (2009) Charlie
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Ryder
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Bolt (2008) Bolt (voice)
Religulous (2008) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hairspray (2007) Edna Turnblad
Wild Hogs (2007) Woody Stevens
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Banda sonora (2007)  Danny Zuko / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
Deadline (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Big Give (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Mania (2007)  Danny Zucko / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2007)
Vera Exklusiv (2007)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Vincent Vega (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lonely Hearts (2006) Det. Elmer Robinson
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2007)
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
La imagen de tu vida (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) Jim Irwin (voice)
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) Himself (archive footage)
Be Cool (2005) Chili Palmer
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Fat Actress (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
20 to 1 (2005)  Danny Zuko / ... (5 episodes, 2006-2010)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Loops! (2005)  Tony Manero (1 episode, 2007)
Weekend Sunrise (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) Bobby Long
Ladder 49 (2004) Captain Mike Kennedy
The Punisher (2004) Howard Saint
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Planet Voice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Bitter Kas (2004) Danny Zucko (archive footage)
Basic (2003) Hardy
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (6 episodes, 2004-2012)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Common Ave. (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Famous (2003)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
The Guru (2002) Danny from 'Grease' (archive footage)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Himself / Famous Goldmember ('Austinpussy')
Screen Tests of the Stars (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
I Love the '80s (2002)  Himself (unknown episodes)
eTalk Daily (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Hyppönen Enbuske Experience (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Domestic Disturbance (2001) Frank Morrison
Swordfish (2001) Gabriel Shear
Fear Factor (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Good Day Live (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Lucky Numbers (2000) Russ Richards
Battlefield Earth (2000) Terl
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (4 episodes, 2001-2009)
I Love 1970's (2000) (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2010)
The General's Daughter (1999) Warr. Off. Paul Brenner
VH-1 Where Are They Now? (1999)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2002)
After They Were Famous (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
De 10 (1999)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
A Civil Action (1998) Jan Schlichtmann
The Thin Red Line (1998) Brig. Gen. Quintard
Junket Whore (1998) Himself
Primary Colors (1998) Governor Jack Stanton
God kveld Norge (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
On the Arts (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Himself
Mad City (1997) Sam
She's So Lovely (1997) Joey Germoni
Face/Off (1997) Sean Archer / Castor Troy
You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (1997) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Before They Were Famous (1997)  (advert 'Safeguard Soap') (1 episode, 1999)
Behind the Music (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997) Himself (uncredited)
Michael (1996) Michael
Phenomenon (1996) George Malley
Orientation: A Scientology Information Film (1996) Himself - Actor (uncredited)
Broken Arrow (1996) Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (8 episodes, 1997-2001)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2013)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Tonight (1996)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2000)
America's Flying Aces: The Blue Angels 50th Anniversary (1996) Narrator
White Man's Burden (1995) Louis Pinnock
Get Shorty (1995) Chili Palmer
The Drew Carey Show (1995)  Vinnie Barbarino (1 episode, 2001)
MADtv (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Caiga quien caiga - CQC (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2015)
Pulp Fiction (1994) Vincent Vega
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Taff (1994)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2006)
Look Who's Talking Now (1993) James Ubriacco
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 1997-2013)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2007)
Getaway (1992)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Eyes of an Angel (1991) Bobby
Shout (1991) Jack Cabe
Chains of Gold (1991) Scott Barnes
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Investigative Reports (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (8 episodes, 1995-2012)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990) James
Den gode, den onde & den virk'li sjove (1990)  Danny Zuko (uncredited) (1 episode, 1990)
Look Who's Talking (1989) James
The Experts (1989) Travis
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2004-2012)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (3 episodes, 2014)
Biography (1987)  Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2009)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (8 episodes, 2003-2010)
Perfect (1985) Adam
That's Dancing! (1985) Himself (archive footage)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2009)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Aspel & Company (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Two of a Kind (1983) Zack
Staying Alive (1983) Tony Manero
Champs-Elysées (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Blow Out (1981) Jack Terry
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 1990-2007)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (51 episodes, 2005-2014)
20 heures le journal (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Urban Cowboy (1980) Bud
Cosas (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself (segment "Flying High") (1 episode, 2005)
Moment by Moment (1978) Strip
Grease (1978) Danny
20/20 (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Paul (1978) (1 episode, 1978)
Up Close (1978)  Himself
Saturday Night Fever (1977) Tony Manero
Everyman (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Carrie (1976) Billy Nolan
Mr. T and Tina (1976)  Vinnie Barbarino (1 episode, 1976)
The Captain and Tennille (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
The Devil's Rain (1975) Danny
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1994)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)  Vinnie Barbarino (79 episodes, 1975-1979)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 1978-2013)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
Rock Concert (1973)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
The London Weekend Show (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Emergency! (1972)  Chuck Benson (1 episode, 1972)
The Rookies (1972)  Eddie Halley (1 episode, 1973)
Canada A.M. (1972)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) (1 episode, 1972)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Medical Center (1969)  Danny (1 episode, 1974)
Telethon (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
New York, New York (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Top of the Pops (1964)  Himself (19 episodes, 1978)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (2 episodes, 1985-1990)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1981)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Lawrence Welk Show (1955)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1974)
Panorama (1953)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
New American Bandstand 1965 (1952)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
Festival di Sanremo (1951)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Life on the Line (0) Beau
Gummy Bear the Movie (0) Gummy Bear (voice)

Producer ( 4 credits )

American Crime Story (2016) producer (10 episodes, 2016)
Criminal Activities (2015) executive producer
Battlefield Earth (2000) producer
She's So Lovely (1997) executive producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Chains of Gold (1991) (written by)