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John Travolta (left) and Samuel L. Jackson (right) in Pulp Fiction.

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an Academy Award nominated American actor and singer. Image File history File links jules and vincent File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links jules and vincent File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jackson in XXX Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ...

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Biography

Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the son of Salvatore Travolta (an Italian American semi-professional football player turned tire salesman) and Helen Cecilia Burke (an Irish American actress and singer who had appeared in radio vocal group The Sunshine Sisters, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama teacher). Map highlighting Englewoods location within Bergen County. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent either born in America or someone who has immigrated. ... The ball used in American football has a pointed oval shape, and usually has a large set of stitches along one side. ... Irish Americans are residents or citizens of the United States who claim Irish ancestry. ...


Travolta then moved to New York City to get a job as a performer. He landed roles in the touring company of Grease and on Broadway in Over Here!. Travolta also cut singles for a local record company, but the songs were quickly forgotten. But eventually, he moved to Los Angeles, California to further his career in show business. Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location [[Image:|250px|250px|Location of City of New York, New York]] Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R... Grease is a popular musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...


Travolta gained his first major movie role as Billy Nolan, a sadistic classmate who taunted Sissy Spacek's Carrie White 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 real-life sister Ellen Travolta, now married to actor Jack Bannon, also occasionally appeared (as Arnold Horshack's mother). Sissy Spacek in The River (1984) Mary Elizabeth Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas) is an Academy Award winning American actress and singer. ... Carrie. ... Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... Welcome Back, Kotter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on the ABC network from 1975 to 1979. ... Jack Bannon is an actor from Los Angeles, California. ...


Around this time he also had a hit single called "Let Her In". His most memorable roles came as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and as Danny Zuko in Grease (1978) at the height of the disco era. He performed several of the songs on the Grease soundtrack album, that eventually went on to sell more than 10 million copies. After the hit musical came a string of flops that sidelined his acting career into forgettable fare. It wasn't until he played Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's cult hit Pulp Fiction (1994), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, that his career was revived. The movie shifted him back onto the A-list, and he was inundated with offers. Ironically, before Travolta took the role, he had first visited Tarantino who was living in a ramshackle apartment in Los Angeles, the same apartment that Travolta had been living in when he got his start. Among other notable roles following Tarantino's film include a movie buff loan shark in Get Shorty (1995), a role Travolta reprised in Be Cool (2005), a traumatized father in Face/Off (1997), a desperate attorney in A Civil Action (1998) and a military detective in The General's Daughter (1999). Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a New York discotheque. ... Danny Zuko is a fictional character that appeared in the musical Grease, he was the leader of high school boy greasers who called themselves the T-Birds in the 1978 film and the Burger Palace Boys in the theatrical production. ... Grease (1978) is the name of a film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical, Grease. ... Discothèque redirects here. ... Pulp Fiction is a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. ... Quentin Tarantino, playing Mr. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The A-list is the list of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. ... European book cover Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. ... 1995 (MCMXCV in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Be Cool is a 2005 sequel to the novel Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard, which inspired the 1999 movie of the same name, about mobster Chili Palmers entrance to the music industry. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Face/Off is a movie from 1997 directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Civil Action is a 1998 film, starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall, based on the book of the same name by Johnathan Harr. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Generals Daughter is a 1999 film starring John Travolta. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Travolta dancing with Princess Diana at a White House dinner on 9 November 1985
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Travolta dancing with Princess Diana at a White House dinner on 9 November 1985

Travolta also played a lead role in the panned Battlefield Earth (2000) (which is based on a work of pulp fiction by L. Ron Hubbard), in which he plays the leader of a group of aliens that enslave humanity on a bleak future Earth. The film received almost universally negative reviews and did poorly at the box office. Travolta, who is a Scientologist (converted 1975) and idolizes the late L. Ron Hubbard, had hoped that the film would be well-received and be the first in a series of Hubbard film adaptations. Contrary to these expectations the film was poorly received and won a Razzie Award for Worst Film of the Year at the 2000 awards. Image File history File links C31893-101. ... Image File history File links C31893-101. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... Cover of the novel Battlefield Earth intended to promote the movie Battlefield Earth is the name of both a science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and a film adaptation of the novel produced by and starring John Travolta. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... An official Church of Scientology portrait of L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1970 Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was a prolific American author and founder of the controversial Church of Scientology. ... Scientology is a system of beliefs, teachings and rituals, originated as philosophy in 1952 by author L. Ron Hubbard, and characterized by the Church of Scientology in 1953 as an applied religious philosophy. Hubbard defined the word Scientology to mean a study of knowledge. ... An official Church of Scientology portrait of L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1970 Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was a prolific American author and founder of the controversial Church of Scientology. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... The 21st Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 24, 2001 at the Radisson-Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, California. ...


His affiliation with Scientology has caused some controversy. In 1998 he was named in a lawsuit involving a former member who claimed that he was promised that his homosexuality could be cured. The lawsuit alleged that the organization frequently cited Travolta as proof that the organization could in fact change a person's sexual orientation. A lawyer for Travolta replied, "This looks like complete hogwash. Travolta is a happily married man, which proves he isn't gay" (see [[1]]). Since the first coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... An allegation is a statement of fact by a party in a pleading, which he or she expects to prove. ... Sexual orientation refers to the sex, sexes, gender or genders, to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a persons amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings. ...


Questions have also been raised regarding what kind of agreements were made between Travolta and then President Bill Clinton, regarding how Travolta would portray Clinton in the movie Primary Colors and whether Clinton would pressure the German government to remove its ban on Scientology. Travolta was quoted about the issue in May 1998 issue of George magazine: For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Primary Colors is a 1996 novel by Anonymous (later revealed by Donald Foster to be journalist Joe Klein), a roman à clef about Bill Clintons first presidential campaign in 1992. ... Cover of innaugural issue of George George was a glossy politics-as-lifestyle monthly magazine founded by John F. Kennedy, Jr. ...

The next day, I met with Clinton. He told me: "Your program sounds great. More than that, I'd really love to help you with your issue over in Germany with Scientology." I was waiting for the seduction that I had heard so much about. I thought, "Well, how could he ever seduce me?" And after we talked, I thought, "Bingo!" He did it. Scientology is the one issue that really matters to me.

In another interview [2], Travolta admitted that his portrayal of Clinton was much more kind than that in the book Primary Colors. The next year, in November 1998, Clinton sent Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to urge German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel to grant Scientology the status of a registered religion (see [[3]], [[4]]). 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... In several countries, Secretary of State is a senior government position. ... Madeleine Korbel Albright (born May 15, 1937 in Prague) served as the 64th United States Secretary of State. ... The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Bundesminister des Äußeren), is the member of the Cabinet of Germany in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... Dr. Klaus Kinkel (born December 17, 1936) is a German politician (FDP). ...


Travolta is married to fellow Scientologist and actress Kelly Preston and is the father of two children, Jett and Ella Bleu. Previously he was involved with actress Diana Hyland, who died of breast cancer (reportedly in Travolta's arms) in 1977. Other members of the Travolta family involved in the entertainment industry include Ellen Travolta and husband Jack Bannon, Joey Travolta, Rikki Lee Travolta, Margaret Travolta, Rachel Travolta, Nicole Travolta, Molly Allen Ritter, Tom Fridley, and Sam Travolta Kelly Preston Kelly Kamalelehua Palzis Preston (born October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American actress. ... Diana Hyland (January 25, 1936 РMarch 27, 1977) was an American actress. ... When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ... Joey Travolta Joey Travolta (born 14 October 1950) is a famed Italian-American actor, singer, and director hailing from the illustrious entertainment clan that has produced Academy Award-nominated actor John Travolta; Broadway actress Ellen Travolta; matinee idol Rikki Lee Travolta; television actress Margaret Travolta; playwright Molly Allen Ritter; and... Rikki Lee Travolta (born 20 September 1975) is a famed Italian-American and Nez Perce actor and singer hailing from the illustrious entertainment clan that has produced Academy Award-nominated actor John Travolta; Broadway actress Ellen Travolta; noted director Joey Travolta; television actress Margaret Travolta; playwright Molly Allen Ritter; and... Margaret Travolta is an Italian-American actress hailing from the famed entertainment family that has produced Academy Award-nominated actor John Travolta; Broadway actress Ellen Travolta; noted director Joey Travolta; matinee idol Rikki Lee Travolta; ing̩nues Rachel Travolta and Nicole Travolta; playwright Molly Allen Ritter; and character actors Tom... Sam Travolta is an Italian-American actor hailing from the famed entertainment family that has produced Academy Award-nominated actor John Travolta; Broadway actress Ellen Travolta; noted director Joey Travolta; matinee idol Rikki Lee Travolta; television actress Margaret Travolta, ing̩nues Rachel Travolta and Nicole Travolta; playwright Molly Allen Ritter...

Travolta's entry into literature
Travolta's entry into literature

Travolta is a qualified pilot and owns five airplanes, including a former Qantas Boeing 707-138. The plane bears the name Jett Clipper Ella in honor of his son Jett and his daughter Ella. Pan Am was a large operator of the 707 and used Clipper in their names. His house in Ocala, Florida has its own runway and taxiway right to the door. In 1993, Travolta successfully performed an emergency landing of a plane with electric trouble at Washington National Airport, now known as Reagan Washington National Airport. Image File history File links PropellerOneWayNightCoachCover. ... Image File history File links PropellerOneWayNightCoachCover. ... Qantas (IATA: QF, ICAO: QFA, and Callsign: Qantas) is the name and callsign of the oldest and largest airline of Australia. ... BOAC 707 at London Heathrow Airport in 1964 The Boeing 707 is a four engined commercial passenger jet aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was the United States principal international airline from the 1930s until its collapse in 1991, and was credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry. ... BOAC 707 at London Heathrow Airport in 1964 The Boeing 707 is a four engined commercial passenger jet aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... Ocala is a city located in Marion County, Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 22nd 170 451 km² 260 km 800 km 17. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Color enhanced USGS satellite image of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, taken April 26, 2002. ...


In 1992, he wrote and illustrated a short children's book entitled Propeller One-Way Night Coach about the fictional journey of an 8 year old boy named Jeff across the USA in the 1950s.


Filmography

Upcoming: This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Carrie. ... A DVD cover for The Boy In The Plastic Bubble The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who had to live in a container that protected them from all pathogens, since they lacked an... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a New York discotheque. ... Grease (1978) is the name of a film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical, Grease. ... Moment by Moment is a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. ... Urban Cowboy is a 1980 movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger about the love-hate relationship between Travoltas character Bud and Wingers character Sissy. ... Blow Out is a 1981 film by Brian DePalma starring John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effect technician from Philadelphia who, while recording sounds for a low-budget horror film, accidentally captures audio evidence of the possible assassination of the Pennsylvania governor who was planning to run for... Two of a Kind is a 1983 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. ... Staying Alive is a sequel to the box office hit Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as the same character, Tony Manero. ... Look Whos Talking is a 1989 comedy film which stars John Travolta (James Ubriacco) and Kirstie Alley (Mollie). ... Look Whos Talking Too is the 1990 sequel to the commercially successful movie Look Whos Talking (1989). ... Shout is a 1991 film starring John Travolta as a music teacher who introduces rock and roll to a west Texas home for boys in 1955. ... Boris and Natasha are the villains from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... White Mans Burden is a 1996 dramatic film about racism in an alternate America where African Americans and Caucasian Americans have reversed cultural roles. ... European book cover Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. ... DVD cover. ... Phenomenon DVD cover Phenomenon is a 1996 drama, romance, and Fantasy film written by Gerald DiPego, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall. ... This is a movie about the Archangel Michael who has come to Earth to do various tasks. ... Shes So Lovely is a 1997 movie directed by Nick Cassavetes, written by the late John Cassavetes. ... Face/Off is a movie from 1997 directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. ... Primary Colors is a 1996 novel by Anonymous (later revealed by Donald Foster to be journalist Joe Klein), a roman à clef about Bill Clintons first presidential campaign in 1992. ... The Thin Red Line is a 1998 war film which tells the story of United States forces during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. It was directed by Terrence Malick, who adapted the screenplay himself from the James Jones novel of the same name, which had previously been... A Civil Action is a 1998 film, starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall, based on the book of the same name by Johnathan Harr. ... The Generals Daughter is a 1999 film starring John Travolta. ... Cover of the novel Battlefield Earth intended to promote the movie Battlefield Earth is the name of both a science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and a film adaptation of the novel produced by and starring John Travolta. ... Movie poster for Swordfish Swordfish (sometimes refered to as Password: Swordfish) is a cyberpunk-action/thriller film released in 2001. ... Domestic Disturbance (2001) is a thriller/drama movie, directed by Harold Becker and starring Vince Vaughn and John Travolta. ... Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 comedy film. ... Basic is a 2003 action/mystery film directed by John McTiernan. ... The Punisher is a 2004 movie, based on the Marvel Comics character, starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle (The Punisher) and John Travolta as the gangster who orders the death of Castles family. ... Movie poster for A Love Song for Bobby Long A Love Song for Bobby Long is a 2004 independent film based on the novel by Ronald Everett Capps . ... Ladder 49 is a 2004 action movie about firefighters. ... Be Cool is a 2005 sequel to the novel Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard, which inspired the 1999 movie of the same name, about mobster Chili Palmers entrance to the music industry. ...

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Television Work

Welcome Back, Kotter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on the ABC network from 1975 to 1979. ... A DVD cover for The Boy In The Plastic Bubble The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who had to live in a container that protected them from all pathogens, since they lacked an... A basement is an architectural contruction that is completely or almost below ground in a building. ... Punkd is an American television show on MTV, first aired in 2003. ...

Music career

Discography

  • John Travolta (1976)
  • Can't Let You Go (1977)
  • Travolta Fever (1978)
  • Grease (movie soundtrack) (1978)
  • Let Her In: The Best of John Travolta (1996)
  • The Collection (2003)

Grease (1978) is the name of a film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical, Grease. ...

Singles

  • "You Set My Dreams To Music" (1969)
  • "Goodnight Mr. Moon" (1969)
  • "Rainbows" (1969)
  • "Settle Down" (1970)
  • "Moonlight Lady" (1971)
  • "Right Time Of The Night" (1972)
  • "Big Trouble" (1972)
  • "What Would They Say" (1973)
  • "Back Doors Crying" (1973)
  • "Easy Evil" (1975)
  • "Can't Let You Go" (1975)
  • "Let Her In" (1976)
  • "Slow Dancin'" (1976)
  • "It Had To Be You" (1976)
  • "I Don't Know What I Like About You Baby" (1976)
  • "Baby, I Could Be So Good At Lovin' You" (1977)
  • "Razzamatazz" (1977)
  • "Sandy" (1978)
  • "Greased Lightnin'" (1978)
  • "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" (1980)

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