John Travolta

Lowest Rated: 0% Speed Kills (2018)
Birthday: Feb 18, 1954
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Trading Paint Sam 2019
0% Speed Kills Ben Aronoff 2018
0% Gotti John Gotti Sr. 2018
No Score Yet Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Tony Manero 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
48% 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
51% 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 82nd Annual Academy Awards Actor 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
41% 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 Producer Terl 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
80% The Thin Red Line Qintard 1998
81% 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 Producer Executive Producer 1997
92% Face/Off Sean Archer 1997
38% Michael Michael 1996
50% Phenomenon George Malley 1996
53% Broken Arrow Vic Deakins 1996
24% White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock 1995
87% 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
14% Look Who's Talking, Too James 1990
59% 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
87% Blow Out Jack 1981
71% Urban Cowboy Bud 1980
No Score Yet Moment by Moment Strip 1978
75% Grease Danny 1978
85% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
92% American Crime Story
2016
Robert Shapiro
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
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
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1994
No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter
1975-1979
Vinnie Barbarino
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975

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