Biography of John Travolta
John Travolta is an American actor, singer and dancer. Winner of the Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. He gained world fame after the role of Vincent Vega in the film “Pulp Fiction” by Quentin Tarantino.
Actor and director John Travolta
Childhood and youth
John (John Joseph Travolta) was the sixth child in the family, born in 1954 in New Jersey, USA. The father of the actor, in order to feed his wife and all the children, was engaged in the sale of auto parts, abandoning his career as a footballer, his mother was an actress and a teacher of acting. Parents from childhood instilled in John and his brothers and sisters a love for theater, cinema and music, so three of them eventually became actors.
John Travolta in childhood
In addition to creativity in childhood, John was fond of aviation: he collected a collection of aircraft and could spend hours watching flight exercises. Even then, the boy was determined to become so rich as to buy a private jet and fly alone.
John Travolta in his youth
From the age of 6, Travolta began attending dance lessons.Thanks to the excellent physical data, John, at the age of 16, performed professionally on the theater stages of New Jersey. Later, he played in theater productions on Broadway, which is why he dropped out of school and began studying at Dwight Morrow Drama School in Englewood.
His first role in the movie Travolta received in the 1972 television movie "Recruits". Three years later - a new work in the series “Come back, Koter”. This picture made Travolta idol youth 70s. Glory continued to grow, and in the same year, John played in the tapes "Tenth Level" and "Rain of the Devil."
On the big screen, Travolta debuted a year later. He got an episodic, but bright and picturesque role in the horror film “Carrie” based on Stephen King's novel.
John Travolta in the movie "Carrie"
Thanks to his dance skills, John often starred in musicals and musical films. For example, in the picture “Saturday Night Fever” of 1977, the actor played a typical late 70s character for young people: the hero Travolta was thinking only about fun at discos.
John Travolta in the film "Saturday Night Fever"
In 1978, followed by a role in "Briolin."The musical became a real benefit performance of Travolta and brought him success as an actor, author of songs and music.
John Travolta sings and dances in the film "Briolin"
But in the future, the actor's career was not so successful. Travolta refused to play roles in “American Gigolo” and “Officer and Gentleman,” then Richard Gere took his fame.
Brian De Palma's next work in the film Puncture (1981) was successful. From this point on, almost every year, exciting paintings with Travolta began to appear. Gradually, in the minds of the audience, the actor became associated with a charming and charming guy who danced beautifully.
John Travolta in the film "Puncture"
Sylvester Stallone’s decision to try directing was a great chance for Travolta. The actor shot the film “Lost” in 1983, where John was entrusted to show the success story of a single dancer in front of the cameras: both his front side and the wrong side - work, training, injuries, frustration.
Sylvester Stallone, Finola Hughes and John Travolta on the set of the movie "Survivor"
In his youth, the idol of Travolta was Quentin Tarantino, so the opportunity to play in his film was for John a real gift of fate.In 1994, the picture “Pulp Fiction” appeared on the screens, where John played the role that brought him an Oscar nomination - the audience was delighted with the gangster Vincent. Travolta's twist scene together with Uma Thurman became the most popular dance number of the 90s, and subsequently a real cultural unit.
Uma Thurman and John Travolta dance in the film "Pulp Fiction"
After that, the number of roles offered to John and the volume of fees increased dramatically. In 1995, the actor played in the comedy thriller “Get the Shorty,” a year later, the action movie “Broken Arrow” followed. In 1997, John went headlong into working on films of different genres: the comedy “She is Beautiful” with Sean Penn in the lead role, the drama “Mad City”, where Dustin Hoffman worked with Travolta and the thriller “Faceless” on which John worked together with Nicolas Cage.
Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the movie “Faceless”
In 2000, Travolta decided to try himself as a director. His debut was the adaptation of the novel by Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield: Earth." The picture was a “sensation” at the Golden Raspberry anti-award: the tape received seven awards out of nine at once.
John Travolta was one of the few who after the fall again managed to conquer the pinnacle of glory. In 2001, the actor was shot at once in two successful projects: “The Hidden Threat” with Vince Vaughn and Steve Buscemi in the lead role, as well as Austin Powers, where Travolta played a small but bright episode.
The actor was also interested in participation in the genre cinema, so he surprised the fans by starring in the movie The Punisher (2004), based on the Marvel comics.
John Travolta in the movie "The Punisher"
However, the most important work of John Travolta was the female role. The actor played in “Hairspray” (2007) the mother of a plump girl who dreamed of becoming a dancer. The heroine of John was clumsy and fat, but the actor managed with the help of his charisma to literally fall in love with all of her.
John Travolta in the film "Hairspray"
In 2009, Travolta played in the family comedy "So-So-Vacation" along with Robin Williams. Also in this film appeared the wife and daughter of John.
In 2015, Scott Alexander’s crime serial, American History of Crimes, was released, where the main roles were played by John and the star of the TV series Friends David Schwimmer.
John Travolta in "American Crime History"
Personal life of John Travolta
On the set of the film “Under the Cover” (1976), John met actress Diana Highland, who was 18 years older than him. Diana had breast cancer, and a year later the actress died.
John Travolta and Diana Highland
In 1991, the actor married a colleague Kelly Preston, known for the film "Twins" (1988) with Danny De Vito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. Both spouses are followers of Scientology, so their union was combined by a Scientology priest.
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston
The couple have three children: sons Jett (1992) and Benjamin (2010) and daughter Ella Blue (2000). The oldest child died in 2009 due to a seizure caused by Kawasaki syndrome.
John Travolta, his wife and older children
In the fall of 2017, a former masseur named Travolta accused him of sexual harassment in 2000. Earlier, in 2012, another actor therapist filed a lawsuit against John on the same issue. Later both claims were withdrawn. In 2014, the former pilot of Travolta, Douglas Gotterboy, argued about forced sex with a star for six months, but John denied them.
John Travolta, his wife, daughter and son
John Travolta now
In 2018, the drama “Codex Gotti,” directed by Kevin Connolly, was released, where John played with his wife. The film did not like the public, having received on the site Rotten Tomatoes received a rating of 0%.
John Travolta now image, picture