Born Today: John Travolta

attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City.

Born on 18th February, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey, John Travolta is an American actor, producer, singer and pilot. He turns 61 today.

Travolta’s mother, Helen Cecilia was also an actress and a singer. Cecilia who became a high school English language and drama teacher had previously been in the entertainment industry and appeared in a radio vocal group. Travolta who is the youngest among six siblings is not the only one who took up a career as an actor. All his other brothers and sisters have also tried their luck in acting.

Travolta quit his high school to focus all his attention in the field of acting. In the early 1970s he became a part of the Broadway cast of “Grease”, and later on joined the team of the very popular musical “Over Here”.

From 1975-1979, John Travolta gave an impeccable performance in the TV series, “Welcome Back, Kotter”. Then he took the lead role of “Tod” in the 1976 movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bottle”. In the subsequent years, Travolta gave some of the best performances of his lifetime. For his unforgettable character in the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever”, Travolta landed a nomination in the Academy Awards Best Actor Category. In 1978, he performed in the hit musical “Grease”. Travolta gave another hit by acting in the “Urban Cowboy” (1980). However, after this movie, the actor seemed to make wrong career moves.

However, in the year 1994 Travolta made a blockbuster comeback by starring in “Pulp Fiction” along with Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson. This character also earned Travolta him, his second Oscar nomination. For playing “Chili Palmer” in “Get Shorty” (1995) Travolta received a Golden Globe.

In the recent years however, Travolta appeared in a number of movies including “Hairspray” (2007), “From Paris with Love” (2010) and “The Forger” (2014).

Apart from his acting career, Travolta is also a skilled pilot with a number of licenses and certifications. Travolta also penned down a book named “Propeller One-Way Night Coach: A Fable for All Ages” in 1997.

In 1991, he married an actress Kelly Preston. The couple had two children together, son Jett and Daughter Ella Bleu. However, their son passed away while the family was vacationing. Following the tragedy, in the year 2010, the couple were blessed with another baby boy, Benjamin.


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