|Source of Wealth:
|Actor, singer, dancer, and film producer
|February 18, 1954
|3 (Ella Bleu, Jett, and Benjamin)
|John Joseph Travolta
|6 ft. 1in. (1.88m)
John Travolta is considered as one of the well-known actors in the world. He appeared in many blockbuster movies and released No. 1 single and album. He's also a producer of different films.
Travolta received many awards and nominations. He won the Golden Globe Award in 1996 for Saturday Night Fever. In the same year, he also won the American Comedy Awards. He received two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and the David di Donatello Award recipient. American Crime Story, a TV series he had produced, earned him Primetime Emmys in 2016.
John Joseph Travolta was born on February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey. Travolta dropped out at Dwight Morrow High School at the age of 17 to pursue his acting career. He then moved to New York City and was hired by a touring company connected to the musical Grease. Later, he transferred to Los Angeles for professional purposes. He landed a role for the television series Emergency in 1972.
Travolta’s first significant role was for the horror film Carrie in 1976. Meanwhile, his first acting job was from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, which ran from 1975-1979. He also starred in various box office movies such as Saturday Night Fever in 1977 and Grease in 1978. Aside from acting, he also released various albums including John Travolta in 1976 and Can't Let You Go in 1977.
Travolta's acting career went down in the 1980s due to a series of commercial and critical failures. In 1989, he starred in the film Look Who's Talking, which earned a total gross of $297 million. He totally revived his career with the film Pulp Fiction in 1994. After the movie's success, he again played notable roles for different movies. These include a movie-buff loan shark in Get Shortly, a terrorist and FBI agent in Face/Off, and a desperate lawyer in A Civil Action.
Travolta starred and co-produced the science fiction movie Battlefield Earth in 2000. He played as the leader of a group of aliens that enslaves humanity. Unfortunately, the movie received negative criticisms and did poorly at the box office. On the brighter side, Travolta earned two Razzie Awards for his performance.
Throughout the 2000s, Travolta starred in many movies: Swordfish in 2001, Ladder 49 in 2004, and Be Cool in 2005. He returned to TV in 2016 for the first season of The People v. O. J. Simpson.
Travolta tied the knot with actress Kelly Preston in 1991. They were blessed with three children, Jett, Ella Bleu, and Benjamin. The couple attended marriage counseling on a regular basis, which helped their marriage. It was alledged that Travolta is a homosexual.
Their eldest son, Jett, died in 2009 during a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas due to seizure. Jett had a history of seizures and is suffering from Kawasaki disease since he was two years old. Travolta also confirmed that his son had autism. He created Jett Travolta Foundation in memory of his son and help children with special needs.
He became wealthy by appearing in different blockbuster movies. Grease, which was released in 1978, is his top-grossing film earning 395 million. He played the role of Daniel Zuko, who lives a double life as leader of the T-Birds (a greaser gang) and as boyfriend of Sandy. Forced to maintain a bad boy image in front of his friends, Sandy left Danny and began dating Tom.
Look Who’s Talking and Austin Powers in Goldmember followed next with the same gross income of $297 million. Wild Hogs earned $254 million while Face/Off with Nicolas Cage collected $246 million.