John Travolta Biography (1954-)

Full name, John Joseph Travolta; born February 18, 1954, in Englewood, NJ; son of Salvatore (a partner and operator of a tire company) and Helen (a high school drama teacher; maiden name, Burke) Travolta; brother of Joey Travolta (an actor, director, producer, writer, editor, and composer), Ellen Travolta (an actress), Ann Travolta (an actress); married Kelly Preston (an actress) September 5, 1991; children: Jett, Ella Bleu. Addresses: Agent: WilliamMorris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Krane, 7944 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90046.; Manager: The Jonathan Krane Group, 9255Sunset Blvd., Suite 1111, Los Angeles, CA 90060.; Publicist: Rogers & Cowan PR, 1888 Century Park East, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, singer, producer, writer
Birth Details
February 18, 1954
Englewood, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Danny, The Devil's Rain, Bryanston, 1975
  • Billy Nolan, Carrie, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1976
  • Tony Manero, Saturday Night Fever, Paramount, 1977
  • Danny Zucco, Grease, Paramount, 1978
  • Strip, Moment by Moment, Universal, 1978
  • Buford "Bud" Davis, Urban Cowboy, Paramount, 1980
  • Jack, Blow Out, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Tony Manero, Staying Alive, Paramount, 1983
  • Zack Melon, Two of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Olivia Newton-John: Twist of Fate, 1984
  • Adam Lawrence, Perfect, Columbia, 1985
  • Dancer, That's Dancing!, 1985
  • Travis Heath, The Experts, Paramount, 1989
  • James Ubriacco, Look Who's Talking (also known as Daddy's Home), TriStar, 1989
  • James Ubriacco, Look Who's Talking Too, TriStar, 1990
  • Jack Cabe, Shout, Universal, 1991
  • Bobby, Eyes of an Angel (also known as The Tender), 1991, released by Live Home Video, 1995
  • John Travolta, Boris and Natasha, 1992
  • James Ubriacco, Look Who's Talking Now, TriStar, 1993
  • Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction, Miramax, 1994
  • Louis Pinnock, White Man's Burden, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Chili Palmer, Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995
  • Major Vic "Deak" Deakins, Broken Arrow, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • George Malley, Phenomenon, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Title role, Michael, New Line Cinema, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Actor, Orientation: A Scientology Information Film, 1996
  • Narrator, America's Flying Aces: The Blue Angels 50th Anniversary,1996
  • Joey, She's So Lovely (also known as Call It Love and She's de Lovely), Miramax, 1997
  • (In archive footage) Vincent Vega, You're Still Not Fooling Anybody, Impossible Funky Productions, 1997
  • Sean Archer, Face/Off (also known as Face Off), Paramount,1997
  • Sam Baily, Mad City, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Himself (Liberian Girl video), Michael Jackson: History on Film-VolumeII, 1997
  • Governor Jack Stanton, Primary Colors (also known as Mit allerMacht and Perfect Couple), Universal, 1998
  • Brigadier General Quintard, The Thin Red Line, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Jan Schlichtmann, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (documentary), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1998
  • Himself, Junket Whore, 1998
  • Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, 1998
  • Warrant Officer Paul Brenner/Sergeant Frank White, The General's Daughter (also known as Wehrlos-Die Tochter Des Generals), Paramount, 1999
  • Jimmy Roselli, Standing Room Only, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Himself, Forever Hollywood, 1999
  • Terl, Psychlo chief of security, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year3000 (also known as Battlefield Earth), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Himself, Conversations with Jon Turtelaub (also known as Spotlight on John Turteltaub), 2000
  • Russ Richards, Lucky Numbers (also known as Le bon numero),Paramount, 2001
  • Gabriel, Swordfish, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Frank Morrison, Domestic Disturbance, Paramount, 2001
  • Himself, Austin Powers in Goldmember, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Also appeared in All Shook Up.
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, She's So Lovely (also known as Call It Love and She's de Lovely), Miramax, 1997
  • Producer, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (also known as Battlefield Earth), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Vinnie Barbarino, Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC, 1975-1979
  • Movies
  • The Tenth Level, 1975
  • Tod Lubitch, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, ABC, 1976
  • Ben, The Dumb Waiter, ABC, 1987
  • Ben, "The Dumb Waiter," Basements (also known as The Room),1987
  • Twist of Fate, 1989
  • Scott Barnes, Chains of Gold, Showtime, 1991
  • Specials
  • Himself, The Kennedy Center Honors, 1980
  • Himself, The Grand Knockout Tournament, 1987
  • Seriously ... Phil Collins, CBS, 1990
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC, 1993
  • MTV News Raw, MTV, 1995
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1995
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995
  • Himself (interview footage), MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special, 1995
  • Music in Movies '96, ABC, 1996
  • Earth Day at Walt Disney World, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Narrator, America's Flying Aces: The Blue Angels' 50th Anniversary, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life, ABC, 1997
  • Sylvester Stallone, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Behind the Laughs (also known as Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies),1998
  • Himself/Danny, VH1 Where Are They Now: Grease, VH1, 1998
  • Inside Scientology, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Olivia Newton-John, Lifetime, 1998
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Kelly Preston, Lifetime, 1999
  • Hollywood Animal Crusaders, Animal Planet, 1999
  • Voice of Kyle's father, Our Friend, Martin, Starz!, 1999
  • Himself, True Hollywood Stories: Welcome Back Kotter, 2000
  • Himself, The Making of "Swordfish," 2001
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men,AMC, 2002
  • Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute,TNT, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1996
  • The 1996 ShoWest Awards, 1996
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1997
  • The 24th Annual American Music Awards, 1997
  • The 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, 1997
  • Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1997
  • The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards, 1998
  • The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 1999
  • The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1999
  • The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1999
  • Presenter, The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001
  • The 2001 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2001
  • Presenter, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Chuck Benson, the injured hiker, "Kids," Emergency!, NBC, 1972
  • "A Piece of God," Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, 1972
  • "Frozen Smoke," The Rookies, ABC, 1973
  • "Saturday's Child," Medical Center, CBS, 1974
  • Himself, American Bandstand, 1976
  • Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1994
  • "Flight," Understanding, The Learning Channel, 1994
  • ABC News Nightline, ABC, 1997
  • The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998
  • Himself, On the Arts, 1999
  • Himself, Rove Live, Ten Network, 2001
  • Himself, Fear Factor, NBC, 2001
  • Also appeared as host, The List, VH1.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Rain, off-Broadway production, 1972
  • Over Here!, Broadway production, 1973-1974
  • Appeared in the original Broadway production of Grease. Toured with original production of Grease for ten months, U.S. cities.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • John Travolta, Midland, 1976
  • Can't Let You Go, Midland, 1977
  • Grease, RSO, 1978
  • Travolta Fever, Mindsong, 1978
  • The Best of John Travolta, Varese Vintage, 1996
  • John Travolta Sings, Varese Vintage, 1996
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "(The Closest Thing to) Perfect" by Jermaine Jackson and "Farfrom Over" by Frank Stallone.
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Movies
  • Chains of Gold, Showtime, 1991
  • Books
  • Staying Fit, Simon & Schuster, 1984
  • Propeller One-Way Night Coach (juvenile), privately printed, 1992,Warner Books (New York City), 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Andrews, Nigel, Travolta: The Life, 1998
    • Clarkson, Wensley, John Travolta: Back in Character, 1996
    • Edelman, Rob, and Audrey Kupferberg, The John Travolta Scrapbook,Citadel Press, 1997
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Newsmakers 1995, Cumulative, Issue 4, Gale Research, 1995
    • Reeves, Michael, John Travolta, Jove Books, 1978
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, June 20, 1997, p. 20; November 20, 1998, p.44
    • Los Angeles, April, 1998, p. 50
    • People Weekly, November 24, 1997, p. 56
    • Publishers Weekly, July 7, 1997, p. 19
    • Time, March 16, 1998, p. 71
    • Us, November 27, 1989, p. 46

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