John Travolta is the youngest of six children in
a family of entertainers. His father was a former semi-pro football player
and his mother an alumna of a radio vocal group called the Sunshine Sisters.
All but one of his siblings pursued showbiz as a career.
By the age of 12 John Travolta had already joined an area actors' group,
and was soon appearing in local musicals and dinner-theatre. At 16 John
Travolta dropped out of high school to take up acting full time, relocating
to New York where he made his off-Broadway debut in 1972's "Rain". In 1975,
John Travolta was cast in the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter", which went on
to become a big hit, making John and the rest of the cast household names.
John Travolta's first major feature film, 1977's "Saturday Night Fever",
catapulted John into superstardom status practically over night, and earned
him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
From there John Travolta went on to star in "Grease" alongside
Olivia Newton-John, spawning a massively popular soundtrack LP. During the 80's
John Travolta's career suffered with several box office failures, but in 1994,
he made one of the most stunning comebacks in entertainment history by starring
in "Pulp Fiction", the critically acclaimed crime drama written and directed
by Quentin Tarantino.