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From Vinny Barbarino to Tony Manero to Danny Zuko…
…he's brought several characters vividly to life in his acting career. John Travolta has turned heads in both comedic and dramatic roles, along with his great dancing talent.
The Englewood, New Jersey native grew up the youngest of six children in the shadows on New York City. Amazingly, five of his siblings have acted professionally. Raised a Roman Catholic, John converted to Scientology and started acting after dropping out of high school in 1971, when he was 17.
He moved to the City and landed a role in the touring company of Grease, in which he later starred as Danny…
…when it was made into a movie
His role as Barbarino in ABC-TV's "Welcome back Kotter" cemented his stardom in the 1970's.
...and then he really hit the big time as the star of 1978's "Saturday Night Fever."
John married actress Kelly Preston in 1991…
…and they had three children together,
…including a son named Jeff…
…who died of a seizure while on a Bahamas Christmas vacation in 2009.
It was a devastating loss.
Sometimes criticized for all of the pollution he causes, Travolta is an accomplished private pilot and owns five planes, including a Boeing 707.
In May, 2012, an unnamed masseur sued Travolta accusing him of sexual assault and battery. The charges were later dropped. However, in the summer of 2014, Travolta denied claims made earlier in the year by one of his former pilots that the two had a sexual relationship for six years
Travolta denied all of the accusations. Despite the screaming headlines, his marriage to Kelly survives. Travolta credits regular counseling sessions.