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John Travolta

Highest Rated:   97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
Lowest Rated:   0% Life on the Line (2016)
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Birthplace:   Englewood, New Jersey
Born February 18, 1954, in Englewood, John Travolta was the youngest of six children in a family of entertainers; all but one of his siblings pursued showbusiness careers as well. By the age of 12 Travolta himself had already joined an area actors' group, and soon began appearing in local musicals and dinner-theater performances. By age 16, he dropped out of high school to take up acting full-time, relocating to Manhattan to make his off-Broadway debut in 1972 in Rain, and a minor role in the touring company of the hit musical Grease followed.In 1975, Travolta was cast in an ABC sitcom entitled Welcome Back, Kotter. As Vinnie Barbarino, a dim-witted high school Lothario, he shot to overnight superstardom, and his face instantly adorned T-shirts and lunch boxes. Before the first episode of the series even aired, he also won a small role in Brian De Palma's 1976 horror picture Carrie, and at the early peak of his Kotter success he even recorded a series of pop music LPs -- Can't Let Go, John Travolta, and Travolta Fever -- scoring a major hit with the single "Let Her In." Approached with a role in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, he was forced to reject the project in the face of a busy Kotter schedule, but in 1976 he was able to shoot a TV feature, director Randal Kleiser's The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, which won considerable critical acclaim. Diana Hyland, the actress who played Travolta's mother in the picture, also became his offscreen lover until her death from cancer in 1977.In the wake of Hyland's death, Travolta's first major feature film, John Badham's Saturday Night Fever (1977), emerged in the fall of that year. A latter-day Rebel Without a Cause set against the backdrop of the New York City disco nightlife, it positioned Travolta as the most talked-about young star in Hollywood. In addition to earning his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he also became an icon of the era, his white-suited visage and cocky, rhythmic strut enduring as defining images of late-'70s American culture. In 1978, he starred in Kleiser's film adaptation of Grease, this time essaying the lead role of 1950s greaser Danny Zuko. Its box-office success was even greater than Saturday Night Fever's, becoming a perennial fan favorite and, like its predecessor, spawning a massively popular soundtrack LP. In the light of his back-to-back successes, as well as the continued popularity of Welcome Back, Kotter -- on which he still occasionally appeared -- it seemed Travolta could do no wrong - but things wouldn't always be so rosy for the performer.Travolta's first misstep was 1978's Moment By Moment, a laughable May-December romance with Lily Tomlin. He then reprised the role of Tony Manero in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive. Directed by Sylvester Stallone as a kind of Rocky retread, the film was released in 1983 to embarrassing returns and horrendous reviews. It would prove to be just one in a string of '80s stinkers for the actor, followed by disappointments like Two of a Kind, Perfect, and The Experts. He made a minor comeback with 1989's Look Who's Talking, which fared well at the box office, but the movie did little for Travolta's reputation, and the performer was all but completely washed up by the beginning of the '90s.Then, in 1994, Travolta made one of the most stunning comebacks in entertainment history by starring in Pulp Fiction, a lavishly acclaimed crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, a longtime Travolta fan who wrote the role of Vincent Vega specifically with the actor in mind; Travolta reportedly waived his salary to play the role. A critical as well as commercial smash, Pulp Fiction introduced Travolta to a new generation of moviegoers, and suddenly he was again a major star who could command a massive salary, with a second Academy Award nomination to prove it.In the wake of Pulp Fiction, the resurrected Travolta became one of the hardest-working actors in Hollywood, and on Tarantino's advice

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Gotti
  • John Gotti Sr.
2017
0% Life on the Line
  • Beau
2016
76% In a Valley of Violence
  • Marshal
$50.9k 2016
11% I Am Wrath
  • Stanley Hill
2016
50% Criminal Activities
  • Executive Producer
  • Eddie
2015
No Score Yet TCM Presents Grease Sing-a-long
  • Actor
2015
9% The Forger
  • Raymond J. Cutter
2015
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
11% Killing Season
  • Emil Kovac
$28.2k 2013
52% Savages
  • Dennis
$47.4M 2012
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • John Travolta
$38.1k 2012
37% From Paris with Love
  • Charlie Wax
$24M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
5% Old Dogs
  • Charlie
$49.5M 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  • Ryder
$65.5M 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s
  • Actor
2009
89% Bolt
  • Bolt
$114.1M 2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth
  • Actor
2008
91% Hairspray
  • Edna Turnblad
$118.9M 2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Woody Stevens
$168.3M 2007
48% Lonely Hearts
  • Elmer C. Robinson
$0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Jim Irwin
$32.6M 2005
30% Be Cool
  • Chili Palmer
$55.6M 2005
43% A Love Song for Bobby Long
  • Bobby Long
$0.2M 2004
40% Ladder 49
  • Capt. Mike Kennedy
$74.5M 2004
29% The Punisher
  • Howard Saint
$33.7M 2004
No Score Yet Dream Jets
  • Actor
2004
21% Basic
  • Hardy
$26.6M 2003
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Goldmember in Movie
$213.1M 2002
24% Domestic Disturbance
  • Frank Morrison
$44.4M 2001
26% Swordfish
  • Gabriel Shear
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Russ Richards
$9.6M 2000
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
3% Battlefield Earth
  • Terl
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
22% The General's Daughter
  • Warrant Officer Paul Brenner
1999
60% A Civil Action
  • Jan Schlichtmann
1998
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Qintard
1998
80% Primary Colors
  • Gov. Jack Stanton
1998
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
37% Mad City
  • Sam Baily
1997
66% She's So Lovely
  • Joey
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1997
92% Face/Off
  • Sean Archer
1997
36% Michael
  • Michael
1996
50% Phenomenon
  • George Malley
1996
55% Broken Arrow
  • Vic Deakins
1996
24% White Man's Burden
  • Louis Pinnock
1995
86% Get Shorty
  • Chili Palmer
1995
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Vincent Vega
1994
0% Look Who's Talking Now
  • James Ubriacco
1993
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Chains of Gold
  • Scott Barnes
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Shout
  • Jack Cabe
1991
17% Look Who's Talking, Too
  • James
1990
58% Look Who's Talking
  • James
1989
No Score Yet Eyes of an Angel
  • Bobby
1989
No Score Yet The Experts
  • Travis
1989
No Score Yet Dumb Waiter
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Basements
  • Ben
1987
19% Perfect
  • Adam
1985
No Score Yet That's Dancing!
  • Actor
1985
20% Two of a Kind
  • Zack
1983
0% Staying Alive
  • Tony Manero
1983
91% Blow Out
  • Jack
1981
77% Urban Cowboy
  • Bud
1980
No Score Yet Moment by Moment
  • Strip
1978
75% Grease
  • Danny
1978
87% Saturday Night Fever
  • Tony Manero
1977
93% Carrie
  • Billy Nolan
1976
No Score Yet The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
  • Tod
1976
20% The Devil's Rain
  • Danny
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% American Crime Story
2015-2016
  • Robert Shapiro
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
35% Kirstie
2013-2014
  • Mickey
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
  • Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1994

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