John Travolta is a popular American actor and singer who has been starring in a lot of hit films in the movie industry. He started his career in Broadway as one of the cast of the musical “Grease” and “Over Here!”.
The actor then made his debut when he was part of the television series “Welcome Back Kotter” as “Vinnie Barbarino” which gave him box-office movie roles such as in “Saturday Night Fever” and the film adaptation of the musical “Grease” which helped raise his popularity to stardom.
This allowed Travolta to land in more leading roles in hit films and also helped him get nominated and win multiple awards.
If you want to know more about the actor then keep on reading as we’ll show you his career, family, personal life, net worth, and more.
Childhood and Education
John Travolta, whose whole name is John Joseph Travolta, was born on the 18th of February 1964. His birthplace is in Englewood, New Jersey.
His father, Salvatore Travolta used to be an American football player who later became a part of the “Travolta Tyre Exchange” tire company. Meanwhile, his mother, Helen Cecilia, used to work as an actress and a singer for the radio vocal group “The Sunshine Sisters”.
He attended Dwight Morrow High School for a while but eventually dropped out to pursue a career in Broadway by moving into New York.
John Travolta Early Career
Once Travolta left his hometown and proceeded to find new prospects, he was then able to find work as part of the touring company in “Grease” the musical.
The actor then proceeded to Broadway and became part of the cast in the musical “Over Here!” where he sang the song “Dream Drummin” by the Sherman Brothers.
John then moved to Los Angeles to have a career in movie and television where he made his debut on the screen as a “fall victim” in the 1972 TV series “Emergency” and had his first movie role in the 1976 horror movie “Carrie” where he played as the teenage bully “Billy Nolan”.
Rise to Stardom
Travolta slowly rose to fame by starring in more TV roles such as the ABC show, “Welcome Back Kotter” where he played the role of “Vinnie Barbarino” and in the 1976 television movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” where he also met and dated his co-star Diana Hyland.
He later proceeded in several box-office hits like the 1975 horror flick “The Devil’s Rain” and the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” where he played as “Tony Manero” which made him a pop icon for 1970s disco nightlife culture.
This was then followed up when the actor took on the leading role of “Danny” in the movie adaptation of the musical “Grease” which became one of the top-grossing live-action musicals in history.
The actor then had a few flops in his career but managed to get back into the limelight when he became part of Quentin Tarantino’s classic film “Pulp Fiction” where he played as the hitman “Vincent Vega” which earned him an Oscar nomination for the role.
With John’s massive celebrity status, it has allowed him to keep starring in different hit roles until today like the 2008 Disney film “Bolt”, the 2010 action-thriller film “From Paris With Love”, and the 2018 biopic “Gotti”.
Awards and Achievements
John Travolta has managed to get nominated and win a few awards throughout his career. He’s been nominated twice in the Oscars for “Best Actor” for appearing in the huge hit, “Saturday Night Fever” and the all-famous show, “Pulp Fiction” and even won his nominations in the Primetime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Limited Series” in the series “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”.
His role in the romantic-comedy “Hairspray” also managed to win him a few awards such as The Hollywood Film Festival’s “Ensemble of the Year” and “Supporting Actor of the Year”, and also The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for “Best Acting Ensemble”.
John Travolta Net Worth and Salary
With all the movies and other business ventures that the actor has made throughout his career, John Travolta has made an estimated net worth of over $17 million.
During his time in the ‘90s, he’s been able to make an average of $10 million in each movie. He has a total cumulative sales of over $4 billion. His current salary is over $200 million a year making him one of the most valuable actors of all time.
John Travolta’s Personal Life and Family
The actor is currently married to Kelly Preston. They met at a set of one of their movies “The Experts” but they only started dating by 1990 after Kelly and her husband had a divorce.
The couple dated for more than a year and eventually got married in Paris in 1990. They had three children named Jett, Ella, and Benjamin. Their eldest son Jett was an autistic child. However, he sadly lost his life at the age of 16 while they were on a vacation in the Bahamas.
Travolta was born and raised to be a Catholic but later converted into Scientology. This was after he was influenced by the book Dianetics.
Controversies and Allegations
There has also been a lot of controversies and allegations that went on during the actor’s career. One of the most famous ones was when Travolta was accused of being gay. This was due to rumors that he has kissed one of his colleagues right before he went aboard his private jet.
There have also been several accusations from other people that the actor has sexually harassed two men and was intending to sue them and one of his former pilots has claimed that both were in a relationship back in the ’80s.
The actor dismissed all of them and said that they all just wanted a bit of fame by making up stories about him.
Height and Weight of John Travolta
John Travolta is quite tall for his size. He stands at 6 feet and 2 inches and weighs approximately 97 kilos.