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John Travolta
Birthday: February 18, 1954

Birth Place: Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Height: 6' 2"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for John Travolta. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



During the latter half of the 1970s, John Travolta became the biggest star in Hollywood; after a string of hits in films, on television, and on the radio, he had emerged as a true cultural phenomenon, defining tastes in music and fashion while dominating innumerable column inches in newspapers, magazines, and gossip columns. Like so many other celebrities, Travolta's initial fame proved short-lived, and by the 1980s he was viewed by the media and the public alike largely as a relic of his era. Unlike so many other celebrities, however, he resurfaced, Phoenix-like, the following decade, reestablishing his claims to film superstardom and staking out new territory as one of the most acclaimed actors in contemporary film.Born February 18, 1954, in Englewood, NJ, he was the youngest of six children in an entertainment family: his father, Salvatore, was a former semi-pro football player and his mother, Helen, was an alumna of a radio vocal group called the Sunshine Sisters as well as a high-school drama teacher — all but one of his siblings pursued showbiz careers as well. By the age of 12 Travolta himself had already joined an area actors' group, and was soon appearing in local musicals and dinner-theater performances. He also took tap-dancing lessons from Gene Kelly's brother Fred. By age 16, he had dropped out of high school to take up acting full-time, relocating to Manhattan to make his off-Broadway debut in 1972 in Rain. A minor role in the touring company of the hit musical Grease followed, and in 1973 Travolta appeared opposite the Andrews Sisters in the Broadway musical Over Here! In 1975, he also made his film bow with a bit role in the horror picture The Devil's Rain.In 1975, Travolta was cast in a television sitcom titled Welcome Back, Kotter. As Vinnie Barbarino, a dim-witted high school Lothario, he shot to overnight superstardom, and quickly his face adorned T-shirts, lunch boxes, and the like. Before the first episode of the series even aired, he had also won a small role in Brian De Palma's 1976 classic Carrie, giving him inroads to the movie industry, 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, 1977's Saturday Night Fever, was released. 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, 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. And then the bottom dropped out.Travolta's first misstep was 1978's Moment By Moment, a laughable May-December romance with Lily Tomlin. Savaged by critics, the picture was a box-office disaster, the first major failure of his career. Travolta then turned down the lead in Paul Schrader's hit American Gigolo (a role which, like the one offered in Days of Heaven, was then awarded to Richard Gere) to star in 1980's Urban Cowboy, which restored much of his financial lustre. Starring Travolta as a Texas oil worker, the film and its accompanying smash soundtrack did for country music and ten-gallon hats what Saturday Night Fever did for disco and leisure suits, and resulted in such an influx of new country fans that Nashville's entire early-'80s period was later dubbed the "Urban Cowboy" era by music historians. The following year he starred in De Palma's under-recognized Blow Out, resulting in some of the best critical notices of his career but falling well short of box-office expectations.Travolta then rejected the lead in An Officer and a Gentleman (yet another role then eagerly accepted by Gere) to reprise the role of Tony Manero in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive. Directed by Sylvester Stallone, the film was released in 1983 to respectable returns, but fell far short of its anticipated blockbuster status. Two of a Kind, released a few months later, reunited Travolta with his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, but again lightning failed to strike twice and the movie soon disappeared from theaters. By now Travolta's career was on shaky ground, and after a two-year absence from the screen he returned in 1985's Perfect. When it too failed to live up to expectations, he was roundly dismissed as a flash in the pan and a has-been, and several years of poor career choices, bad advice, and missed opportunities were to follow. By 1988 Travolta had been missing from theaters for three years, and when the oft-delayed comedy The Experts finally surfaced in theaters in 1989, its disastrous showing seemed the final nail in his coffin.Later that same year, however, the unheralded, low-budget comedy Look Who's Talking was released. Co-starring Travolta and Kirstie Alley, it was produced for some eight million dollars but went on to gross close to 150 million dollars over the course of the following 12 months, later spawning a pair of sequels, 1990's Look Who's Talking Too and 1993's Look Who's Talking Now. However, both of Travolta's 1991 pictures, Eyes of an Angel and Shout, fared poorly, and as the Look Who's Talking series sputtered to a halt he was again written off by the press. Then, in 1994, he 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. 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, 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 he accepted the starring role in director Barry Sonnenfeld's 1995 Elmore Leonard adaptation Get Shorty. Acclaimed by many critics as his finest performance to date, it was another major hit, and he followed it by appearing in the 1996 John Woo action tale Broken Arrow. Phenomenon was another smash that same summer, and by Christmas Travolta was back in theaters as a disreputable angel in Michael. The following year he reunited with Woo in the highly successful thriller Face/Off, which he trailed with a supporting turn in Nick Cassavetes' She's So Lovely. After 1997's Mad City, Travolta began work on Primary Colors, Mike Nichols' political satire, portraying a charismatic, Bill Clinton-like U.S. President. An adaptation of the acclaimed book A Civil Action followed, as did the 1999 thriller The General's Daughter, in which Travolta co-starred with Madeline Stowe. In 2000, the actor starred as an alien invader in the sci-fi thriller Battlefield Earth, based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's novel of the same name. That same year he returned to human form to portray a financially strapped TV weatherman in Lucky Numbers, a comedy directed by Nora Ephron. Though Travolta had high hopes for Battlefield Earth, often citing it as the next Star Wars (and even going so far as to plan a sequel before the first was released), the film was seen as little more than an overblown, over-budgeted orgy of excess, and Lucky Numbers fell flat at the box office as well. Facing yet another comeback, Travolta shed some pounds and jumped back into action in the summer of 2001 with Swordfish. A complex tale of mixed loyalties, computer hacking, and espionage, Swordfish teamed Travolta with X-Men star Hugh Jackman in hopes of dominating the summer box office.Having somewhat recovered from yet another career slump, Travolta went on to star in the low-key A Love Song for Bobby Long, which Lionsgate openly touted as a serious Oscar contender. Unfortunately, the film was not well received by audiences or critics, and neither was the comic book adaptation The Punisher, which Travolta appeared in around the same time. While he received more praise for his performance in Ladder 49, a film about the lives of firefighters, his career took another hit in 2004 when he reprised the role of Chili Palmer in Be Cool, a sequel to Get Shorty. The film was panned both in the press and at the box office as a major disappointment. Unfazed, Travolta joined the cast of Lonely Hearts, a film about the real-life police hunt for serial killers Raymond Martinez and Martha Beck, staring alongside Selma Hayek, James Gandolfini, and Jared Leto.

Movie Credits
American Dog (2008)
[ Thomas Haden Church ]
Hairspray (2007)
[ Christopher Walken ][ Billy Crystal ][ Zac Efron ][ Jim Broadbent ][ Elijah Kelley ]
Dallas (2007)
[ Luke Wilson ]
Wild Hogs (2007)
[ Ray Liotta ][ William H Macy ][ William H. Macy ][ Tim Allen ][ Martin Lawrence ]
2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (2006)
[ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Christian Slater ][ James Earl Jones ][ Michael York ][ Robert Picardo ]
Lonely Hearts (2006)
[ Jared Leto ][ James Gandolfini ][ Scott Caan ][ Dan Byrd ][ Jason Gray-Stanford ]
Be Cool (2005)
[ Vince Vaughn ][ Seth Green ][ The Rock ][ Harvey Keitel ][ Danny DeVito ]
Ladder 49 (2004)
[ Joaquin Phoenix ][ Robert Patrick ][ Jay Hernandez ][ Morris Chestnut ][ Balthazar Getty ]
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
[ Gabriel Macht ]
The Punisher (2004)
[ Thomas Jane ][ Ben Foster ][ Roy Scheider ][ Will Patton ][ Dwight Schultz ]
Basic (2003)
[ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Giovanni Ribisi ][ Taye Diggs ][ Timothy Daly ][ Harry Connick Jr. ]
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
[ Tom Cruise ][ Kevin Spacey ][ Seth Green ][ Mike Myers ][ Michael Caine ]
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
[ Vince Vaughn ][ Steve Buscemi ][ Matt O'Leary ]
Swordfish (2001)
[ Hugh Jackman ][ Vinnie Jones ][ Don Cheadle ][ Sam Shepard ][ Tate Donovan ]
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000)
[ Barry Pepper ][ Forest Whitaker ][ Kim Coates ][ Richard Tyson ][ Andrew Stevens ]
Lucky Numbers (2000)
[ Tim Roth ][ Bill Pullman ][ Michael Rapaport ][ Ed O'Neill ][ Richard Schiff ]
The General's Daughter (1999)
[ James Woods ][ James Cromwell ][ Timothy Hutton ][ Clarence Williams III ][ John Benjamin Hickey ]
Our Friend, Martin (1999)
[ Samuel L. Jackson ][ James Earl Jones ][ Lucas Black ][ Danny Glover ][ Jaleel White ]
The Thin Red Line (1998)
[ George Clooney ][ John Cusack ][ Sean Penn ][ Jared Leto ][ Mickey Rourke ]
A Civil Action (1998)
[ Robert Duvall ][ William H Macy ][ William H. Macy ][ James Gandolfini ][ Tony Shalhoub ]
Primary Colors (1998)
[ Billy Bob Thornton ][ James Earl Jones ][ Tony Shalhoub ][ Rob Reiner ][ Mykelti Williamson ]
Mad City (1997)
[ Dustin Hoffman ][ Alan Alda ][ Ted Levine ][ William Atherton ][ Bill Nunn ]
Face/Off (1997)
[ Nicolas Cage ][ Thomas Jane ][ Danny Masterson ][ John Woo ][ Alessandro Nivola ]
She's So Lovely (1997)
[ Sean Penn ][ James Gandolfini ][ Harry Dean Stanton ][ Burt Young ][ Paul Johansson ]
Michael (1996)
[ Frank Sinatra ][ William Hurt ][ Bob Hoskins ][ John Lennon ][ Mick Jagger ]
Phenomenon (1996)
[ Robert Duvall ][ David Gallagher ][ Brent Spiner ][ Forest Whitaker ][ Diana Ross ]
Broken Arrow (1996)
[ Christian Slater ][ John Woo ][ Kurtwood Smith ][ Delroy Lindo ][ Hans Zimmer ]
Get Shorty (1995)
[ Gene Hackman ][ Danny DeVito ][ James Gandolfini ][ Divine ][ Jon Gries ]
White Man's Burden (1995)
[ Seth Green ][ Alexis Arquette ][ Andrew Lawrence ][ Leslie Howard ][ Harry Belafonte ]
Pulp Fiction (1994)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Quentin Tarantino ][ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Christopher Walken ][ Steve Buscemi ]
Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
[ Danny DeVito ][ Elvis Presley ][ David Gallagher ][ George Segal ][ Ken Kirzinger ]
Shout (1991)
[ Glenn Quinn ][ James Avery ][ Richard Jordan ][ Jeremy Jackson ][ Jamie Walters ]
Eyes of an Angel (1991)
Chains of Gold (1991)
[ Benjamin Bratt ][ Joey Lawrence ][ Joseph Lawrence ][ Hector Elizondo ][ Bernie Casey ]
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Mel Brooks ][ Elvis Presley ][ Damon Wayans ][ Elias Koteas ]
Look Who's Talking (1989)
[ Bruce Willis ][ Abe Vigoda ][ George Segal ][ Don S. Davis ][ William B. Davis ]
The Experts (1989)
[ John Lennon ][ Paul McCartney ][ Brian Doyle-Murray ][ Charles Martin Smith ]
Basements (1987)
[ Robert Altman ][ Julian Sands ][ Donald Pleasence ]
Perfect (1985)
[ David Paymer ]
Two of a Kind (1983)
[ Gene Hackman ][ Oliver Reed ][ Ernie Hudson ][ Charles Durning ][ Scatman Crothers ]
Staying Alive (1983)
[ Sylvester Stallone ][ Patrick Swayze ][ Kurtwood Smith ][ Frank Stallone ]
Blow Out (1981)
[ Brian De Palma ][ John Lithgow ][ Dennis Franz ]
Urban Cowboy (1980)
[ Scott Glenn ][ Barry Corbin ][ James Gammon ]
Barbarino's Baby (1979)
Bride and Gloom (1979)
Moment by Moment (1978)
Grease (1978)
[ Michael Biehn ][ Lorenzo Lamas ][ Jeff Conaway ][ Sid Caesar ][ Eddie Deezen ]
A Winter's Coat Tale (1978)
X-Rated Education (1978)
[ Charles Fleischer ]
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
[ Joseph Cali ]
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
[ Robert Reed ][ Aaron Spelling ][ Ralph Bellamy ][ John Friedrich ]
Carrie (1976)
[ Stephen King ][ Brian De Palma ][ William Katt ]
The Devil's Rain (1975)
[ William Shatner ][ Ernest Borgnine ][ Tom Skerritt ][ Edward Albert ][ Eddie Albert ]
The Tenth Level (1975)
[ William Shatner ][ Ossie Davis ]


  • Ranked #21 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • He appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine 4 times, the most for any actor (through 1994).
  • He was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club in 1981.
  • Richard Gere practically owes his film career to Travolta. Travolta turned down the leads for Days of Heaven (1978), American Gigolo (1980) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), all of which went to Gere.
  • Travolta married Kelly Preston twice. Their first wedding on 5 September 1991, by a French Scientologist minister, was declared illegal. The couple met during the filming of The Experts (1989).
  • Travolta and Kelly Preston have a son, Jett (born 13 April 1992).
  • Jett was conceived during a weekend at the home of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. (source: Premiere August 1996, p.60)
  • Brother of Joey Travolta, Ellen Travolta, Ann Travolta, Margaret Travolta and Sam Travolta.
  • Was the youngest of six siblings. Parents: Salvatore and Helen Travolta of Englewood, NJ.
  • During the filming of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) (TV) he fell in love with Diana Hyland, 18 years his senior. She died of cancer in his arms in 1977.
  • Pilots a multitude of jet aircraft. Most notable aviation feat is successful landing at Washington National of a Gulfstream IIB with complete electrical failure. Conditions at the time were night, IMC, icing. December of 1993.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
  • In July 1978 he became the very first male to make the cover of "McCall's" magazine.
  • He pilots three Gulfstream jets and a Learjet. Also owns a Boeing 707.
  • His second child with Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Bleu was born, weighing in at 4.08 kilos (nine pounds). [3 April 2000]
  • Read for the Tom Hanks role in Splash (1984) but was discouraged by his agent from doing the film.
  • Was signed on to play rock star Jim Morrison in an early 80s biopic about The Doors. Due to legal problems, the project was dropped.
  • Did yoga and boxing to cut his love handles for the film Swordfish (2001).
  • His favorite film is Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).
  • Was told to gain thirty pounds for his role in the movie Primary Colors (1998).
  • Owns homes in Santa Barbara, California, Florida, Maine and in his wife's home state of Hawaii. Main residence is in Ocala, Florida where he owns a large home, complete with airstrip for his planes.
  • Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1977 with "Slow Dancing (Feels So Good)" (Midland Int. 10977)
  • According to the documentary "We Get To Win This Time" (2002), the producers of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) considered teaming up Sylvester Stallone with Travolta as Rambo's young partner in rescuing the American POWs. Stallone nixed this idea when he decided it would be better to make the film a solo project.
  • Spent nine months learning how to dance to disco music while filming Saturday Night Fever (1977).
  • Owns, and is qualified to fly, a Boeing 707-138, appropriately registered N707JT, first built in 1964 for QANTAS of Australia. Recently he had the aircraft painted in its original QANTAS paintjob and took it on a worldwide promotional tour for QANTAS, and in return was trained as a 747-400 first officer with Qantas.
  • He has also worked as a musician, and released several albums. He claims that he got all his inspiration from one song only; the instrumental song "Dreamstreet", a song by Patrick Rondat.
  • While filming the movie Blow Out (1981), he started to suffer from insomnia, which he had since he was a child waiting up for his mother to come home from late acting jobs. He learned to play the violin to calm his nerves.
  • In October 2004 he starred in a series of commercials for Sky TV (meant for Italian TV). Directed by Harald Zwart the commercials play as a sit-com, where Travolta - as himself - moves in with a working-class family because they have Sky.
  • He was voted the 64th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
  • Has published two books: John Travolta Staying Fit! (published by Simon and Schuster in 1984) Propeller One-Way Night Coach (A Fable for All Ages)(published by Warner Books in 1997)
  • His first released record came out in 1976 when he had a hit single, "Let Her In". When record producers saw him in "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975) singing Barbara Anne (by the Beach Boys), they signed him.
  • After the Grease album was released he came out with a delux 2-record set called: Travolta Fever, which was released in 1978.
  • His favorite movie is Un homme et une femme (1966). His favorite movie as a child was Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).
  • During the 70s he frequently watched foreign films, one of his favorites was Strada, La (1954).
  • Is Oprah Winfrey's favorite movie star.
  • His best female friend is Kirstie Alley.
  • He frequently eats at Denny's in the middle of the night. Which is where he ate through the movie Lucky Numbers (2000).
  • Was friends with James Cagney, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck.
  • His favorite actor growing up was James Cagney.
  • Turned down the roles: Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), Forrest Gump (1994).
  • Owned a three-bedroom beach front oceanfront estate, on Oahu in Hawaii from 1986-2005. He and his wife Kelly Preston sold it to Kathy Ireland for million U.S. and she plans to rent the private residence out as one of several Kathy Ireland Worldwide company vacation villas.
  • Turned down several offers from the producers of Chicago (2002) to play the role of Billy Flynn. Richard Gere accepted the role and won a Golden Globe for his performance.
  • Got the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994) primarily because Michael Madsen, the actor whom the part was written for, was unavailable due to a prior film commitment. Vincent was the brother of Madsen's character Vic Vega, AKA: Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and the role jump-started his career after a long slump.
  • Is of Italian descent on his father's side and Irish descent on his mother's side.
  • Was considered for the role of Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991). The part went to Val Kilmer instead.
  • His performance as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977) is ranked #73 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977) is ranked #76 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • On episode of Saturday Night Live (episode 20.3)he parodied his own character Vinnie Barbarino of "Welcome back Kotter".
  • His characters make mention of an Al Pacino film in at least three of his films -- Saturday Night Fever (1977), Get Shorty (1995), and Swordfish (2001).
  • Turned down the role of Sgt. John McLoughlin in World Trade Center (2006). The part went to his Face/Off (1997) co-star, Nicolas Cage.

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