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  • John Travolta

    Born on February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey

awards & nominations

Hairspray (2007)

John Travolta as "Edna Turnblad"

In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Golden Globe (2007) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Primary Colors (1998)

John Travolta as "Governor Jack Stanton"

In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). Burton is pulled into the politician's colorful world and looks on as Stanton -- who has a wandering eye that could be his downfall -- contends with his ambitious wife, Susan, (Emma Thompson) and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton).

Golden Globe (1998) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Get Shorty (1995)

John Travolta as "Chili Palmer"

Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a Miami mobster who gets sent by his boss, the psychopathic "Bones" Barboni (Dennis Farina), to collect a bad debt from Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a Hollywood producer who specializes in cheesy horror films. When Chili meets Harry's leading lady (Rene Russo), the romantic sparks fly. After pitching his own life story as a movie idea, Chili learns that being a mobster and being a Hollywood producer really aren't all that different.

Golden Globe (1995) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Pulp Fiction (1994)

John Travolta as "Vincent Vega"

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

Academy Award (1994) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1994) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1994) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Grease (1978)

John Travolta as "Danny Zuko"

Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

John Travolta as "Tony Manero"

Tony Manero (John Travolta) doesn't have much going for him during the weekdays. He still lives at home and works as a paint store clerk in his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood. But he lives for the weekends, when he and his friends go to the local disco and dance the night away. When a big dance competition is announced, he wrangles the beautiful and talented Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) to be his partner. As the two train for the big night, they start to fall for each other as well.

Academy Award (1977) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1977) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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