John Travolta Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Movies and Net Worth

John Travolta Biography

John Travolta is an American actor, film producer, dancer, pilot, and singer. He became famous in the 1970s after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978).

After he dropped out of Dwight Morrow High School, John moved across the Hudson River to New York City. He landed a role in the touring company of the musical Grease and on Broadway in Over Here!, singing the Sherman Brothers’ song “Dream Drummin'” John then moved to Los Angeles for professional reasons.

His first screen role in California was as a fall victim in Emergency! (S2E2), in September 1972.   However,  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). At the same time, John 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).  The show aired on ABC.

John has been a practitioner of Scientology since 1975 when he was given the book Dianetics while filming the movie The Devil’s Rain in Durango, Mexico.  After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, joining other celebrities in helping with the relief efforts, John reportedly flew his Boeing 707 full of supplies, doctors, and Scientologist Volunteer Ministers into the disaster area.

Time magazine published a cover story titled “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power” in May 1991. In the article, former Church of Scientology Executive Director William Franks alleged that Travolta was wary of leaving the faith because he feared the Church would publish detailed revelations of his private life, to include homosexual behavior.

These claims were reiterated by Franks and other Scientology defectors in Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, and former Church official Marty Rathbun claimed that he worked with Travolta’s attorneys several times to keep allegations about Travolta’s homosexuality out of the press and resolve lawsuits against the star.

Through the 1980s John’s acting career declined but enjoyed his new beginning in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction (1994), and he has since starred in films such as Get Shorty, Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Swordfish, Be Cool, Wild Hogs, Hairspray, and The Taking of Pelham 123.

John was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for performances in Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won his first and only Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in getting Shorty and has received a total of six nominations, the most recent being in 2011.

John Travolta

He received the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema in 2010.  John received his first Primetime Emmy Award in 2016,  as a producer of the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson. John received an additional Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of lawyer Robert Shapiro in the series.

John Travolta Age

John was born on February 8, 1954, in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

John Travolta Family

John was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of Bergen County, New Jersey.  He is the son to  Salvatore Travolta (November 1912 – May 1995) who was a semi-professional American football player, turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company and Helen Cecilia (née Burke; January 18, 1912 – December 1978), who was an actress and singer. She had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher. John is the youngest of six children.

John Travolta Siblings

His siblings are Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta. They were all inspired by their mother’s love of theater and drama and they all became actors.  John’s father was a second-generation Italian American (with roots in Godrano, Sicily) and his mother was Irish American. He was brought up in an Irish-American neighborhood and has said that his household was predominantly Irish in culture. He was brought up Roman Catholic, but in 1975  he converted to Scientology.

John Travolta Wife

In 1991 John married actress Kelly Preston. He bought a house in Islesboro, Maine.  They had a son, Jett. The couple’s daughter, Ella Bleu, was born in 2000 and a third child, a son, was born in 2010 in Florida.  The couple has regularly attended marriage counseling; John has stated that therapy has helped the marriage.

John Travolta Son Death

John’s son, Jett, died at age 16 in 2009, while on a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas.  A Bahamian death certificate was issued, attributing the cause of death to a seizure.  John’s who had a history of seizures reportedly suffered from Kawasaki disease at the age of two.

John settled speculation that his son had autism and suffered regular seizures. He immediately made his public statements while giving testimony after a multimillion-dollar extortion plot against him in connection to his son’s death. After it was rendered invalid, John dropped the charges and has credited his immediate family and Scientology with helping him survive the death of his son and in moving forward with his film career.

In remembrance of his son, John created the Jett Travolta Foundation. This is a non-profit organization to help children with special needs.  The foundation has contributed to organizations such as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

How Tall Is John Travolta?

John stands at a height of 1.88 m.

John Travolta Movies

  • The Poison
  • Speed Kills
  • Gotti
  • Trading Paint

Upcoming Movies

  • Trading Paint
  • Moose

John Travolta Hairspray

John played Edna Turnblad in the remake of Hairspray in 2007, his first musical since Grease. Hairspray is a musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters’s 1988 comedy film of the same name. The film was a  venture produced by Ingenious Media and Zadan/Meron Productions.  It was adapted from both Waters’s 1988 script and Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell’s book for the stage musical by screenwriter Leslie Dixon.

John Travolta Plane

Travolta is a private pilot and owns four aircraft. He is the owner of a Boeing 707 with registration N707JT. The swept-wing jet was delivered in 1964. Formally the jet was owned by a company named JETT CLIPPER JOHNNY LLC. Which is owned by Travolta.

The jet bears the name Jett Clipper Ella in honor of his children. The jet is normally based at Travolta’s house in Florida.

John Travolta Home

 John and his lovely wife Kelly Preston purchased land in the Jumbolair Aviation Estates, the residential airpark where they live.

John Travolta Dance Movie

In the next few years, John starred in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and two of his most noted screen roles: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever is  a musical drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner, and eventual confidante; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony’s former dance partner, and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer.

His circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his general restlessness.

It earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, making him, at age 24, one of the youngest performers ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar.

How Old Was John Travolta In Grease?

When grease began John Travolta was 23 years old.

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