Oh, bite the weenie, Riz!John Joseph Travolta
(born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer and singer whose career has had more lives than a cat.
Travolta has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The first, for his role in Saturday Night Fever
and the second for Pulp Fiction
. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty
After attending Dwight Morrow High School, Travolta moved across the Hudson River to New York City and landed a role in the touring company of the musical Grease
and on Broadway in Over Here!
singing the Sherman Brothers' song "Dream Drummin'"
. He then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in show business.
Travolta played a messenger on the CBS soap opera The Edge of Night
. He also appeared on another CBS serial The Secret Storm
. Travolta's first California-filmed television role was as a fall victim in an Emergency!
episode, in September 1972, but his first significant movie role was as, Billy Nolan, a bully who was goaded into playing a prank on Sissy Spacek's character in the horror film Carrie
(1976). Around the same time, he landed his star-making role as "Vinnie Barbarino" in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter
(1975-1979), in which his sister, Ellen, also occasionally appeared (as Arnold Horshack's mother). In the next few years, he appeared in some of his most memorable screen roles: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever
(1977) and as Danny Zuko in Grease
(1978). These two films were among the most commercially successful pictures of the decade and catapulted Travolta to international stardom. Saturday Night Fever
earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. After Urban Cowboy
came a string of flops that sidelined his acting career. It was not until he played Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino
's hit Pulp Fiction
(1994), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, that his career was revived.
Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991. The couple had two children: Jett, born on April 13, 1992, and Ella Bleu, born in 2000. Their son, Jett died on January 2, 2009 while the family was on holiday in The Bahamas. Kelly gave birth to a second son on November 23rd 2010.
Rumors that he may be gay, or at least bi, have circulated for years. He endured serial male sexual harassment scandals in 2012, but they fizzled when the accusers recanted. More information on that on Wikipedia.
You know what they call a film credit in Paris? "Le Film Credits":