John Travolta was born on February 18, 1954. He is a two-time Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer and singer best known for his leading roles in films such as, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction.
Travolta first landed a role in the touring company of Grease (the musical) and on "Broadway in Over Here!" singing the Sherman Brothers' song "Dream Drummin'". He then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in show business. In the 70's, he appeared in some of his most memorable screen roles: "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and "Grease" (1978). Saturday Night Fever earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor at the age of 24 and he became one of the youngest performers ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. Travolta performed several of the songs on the Grease soundtrack album, that eventually went on to sell more than 10 million copies. After Urban Cowboy in 1980, came a string of flops that sidelined his acting career. During that time he was offered, but turned down, lead roles in what would become box office hits, including American Gigolo, Flashdance, An Officer and a Gentleman, Splash and Fatal Attraction.
His career was revived when he acted in Pulp Fiction(1994), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also acted in "Get Shorty"(1995), "Face/Off" (1997), "A Civil Action" (1998), "Primary Colors" (1998) and "The General's Daughter" (1999). Travolta also starred in "Battlefield Earth"(2000), "Ladder 49"(2004), and in "Wild Hogs"(2007). His most recent film is the lead voice role of the Disney film "Bolt" (2008).
Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991. Their son, Jett, who was born in 1992, died on January 2, 2009. Travolta and Preston also have a daughter, Ella Bleu, born in 2000. He is a certified pilot and owns five aircrafts. Travolta has been a practitioner of Scientology since 1975.