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John Joseph Travolta
Born February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey
Fan Club: PO Box 3560 - Santa Barbara, CA 93130
Born to Irish and Italian parents in a nice suburb of New Jersey, John Travolta Travolta dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue acting full-time with his parent's consent. At 18 he starred in the off-Broadway show Rain and joined a touring company of the musical Grease, playing the minor role of Doody. His first unforgettable first role was when he was 21, he played the character of Vinnie Barbarino on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter which was about high school goofballs on this ABC-TV show from 1975 to 1979. He then went on to the Hollywood cult classic Saturday Night Fever, a movie about a terribly Italian guy from Bensonhurt, Brooklyn who becomes a dance star. The soundtrack to this movie by the Bee Gees is synonomous with the 1970's disco scene. The most amazing thing about this actor is that he as re-invented himself over a dozen times for different types of movies, breaking the type-casting that many actors get locked into.
What he did for disco music in Saturday Night Fever, he did for country music in Urban Cowboy. Once thought to be a has-been, he made a great comeback over and over and played a greaser, a goofball, a mobster, an army man, an assasin, a dancer, a cowboy, a politician, a mechanic, and even an angel.
John is now married to actress Kelly Preston and they have children together. Even though John was brought up Roman Catholic, they members of the Church of Scientology. As a hobby, Travolta enjoys flying, (trivia: he owns the plane that Jimmy Hoffa once bought for the labor union, they later auctioned it off, and John bought it). John is not only an accomplished actor, but singer as well.
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