Biography of John Travolta
Place of Birth / Country: United States -.
John Joseph Travolta is the youngest son of Salvatore Travolta, former football player and owner of a tire shop, and Helen Travolta, actress and acting coach. He has five brothers, called Margaret, Ellen, Annie, Joey and Sammy.
From very young John (who was nicknamed Bone in its infancy) followed in the footsteps of her mother interpretive participating in school theater productions. Later musical starred represented in his hometown.
Travolta became an accomplished dancer in his youth, as his dance teacher was nothing more and nothing less than Fred Kelly, the brother of popular actor, choreographer and director Gene Kelly.
At the beginning of the decade of the 70s her Broadway debut in the play “Rain”, and in 1975 reached television stardom when he played the character Vinnie Barbarino in the series “Welcome Back, Kotter”.
Thanks to this role, Travolta became an American teen idol.
His first feature film, the forgettable horror film directed by Robert Fuest “The Devil’s Rain”, was also released in 1975.
A year later, remembered Travolta appeared in a TV movie called “The boy in the plastic bubble” (1976), a TV movie co-starring Diana Hylan, actress who played Travolta’s mother and became his lover in real life.
In 1977, when he was 41, died of cancer Diana, breaking the happy relationship he had with John.
That year, very sad in the sentimental aspect was key to Travolta’s career, as he starred in “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), an event that turned the actor sociocultural one of the great icons of the early seventies. For his performance as Tony Manero was nominated for an Oscar for the first time in his career.
After a year he returned to bulldoze box office with the musical “Grease” (1978), a film co-starring the blonde Olivia Newton-John.
His triumphant moment in the final stretch of the 70’s suffered a huge decline in the next decade, in which his films did not work commercially.
During this period he worked with Brian De Palma on “Impact (Blow Out)”, or Sylvester Stallone, director of the sequel to “Saturday Night Fever”, “Staying Alive” (1983).
With comedy “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), Travolta became known the sweetness of popular success, preamble to its resurrection thanks to Quentin Tarantino, who offered him the role of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” (1994), a film by which was again nominated for an Oscar.
In 1991 John was married to actress Kelly Preston, whom he met on the set of “The experts” (1989). Both are practitioners of the Church of Scientology. They had two children, Jett, who died at age 16 on 2 January 2009 because of a blow to his head after a seizure, and Ella Bleu, born in 2000.
In 1996 he won a Golden Globe for her performance in “Get Shorty” (1995).
Other film credits include the comedy “Be Cool” (2005), the crime thriller “Lonely Hearts” (2006), the biker comedy “Wild Hogs” (2007) and the remake of the John Waters film “Hairspray” (2007), in which Travolta played a female role.
In the animated film “Bolt” (2008) starring the dog put voice.
Shared credits with Denzel Washington in “Assault By Train 1, 2, 3″ (2009), directed by Tony Scott who adapted a novel by John Godey who had been brought to the screen by Joseph Sargent In 1974 with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw as protagonists.
In the comedy “Old Dogs” (2009) shared credits with Robin Williams as two members who have to care for a pair of twins.
In “From Paris With Love” (2010), crime comedy with Luc Besson production, sharing credits with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.