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John Travolta

John Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards.

Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation Get Shorty, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998 Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britannia Award; and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in A Civil Action, based on the best-selling book and directed by Steve Zailian. He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in Primary Colors, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton.

He previously starred in some of the most monumental films of our generation, including earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970's. He went on to star in the big screen version of the long-running musical Grease and the wildly successful Urban Cowboy, which also influenced trends in popular culture. Additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers Carrie and Blowout, as well as Amy Heckerling's hit comedy Look Who's Talking and Nora Ephron's comic hit Michael. Travolta starred in Phenomenon and took an equally diverse turn as an action star in John Woo's top-grossing Broken Arrow. He also starred in the classic Face/Off opposite Nicholas Cage and The General's Daughter co-starring Madeline Stowe. Recently, Travolta reprised the role of ultra cool Chili Palmer in the Get Shorty sequel Be Cool. In addition, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film A Love Song for Bobby Long, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where both Travolta and the film won rave reviews.

Other recent feature film credits include the hit action-thriller Ladder 49 with Joaquin Phoenix, the movie version of the wildly successful comic book The Punisher, the drama Basic directed by John McTiernan, the psychological thriller Domestic Disturbance directed by Harold Becker, the hit action picture Swordfish with Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman directed by Dominic Sena, the successful sci-fi movie Battlefield Earth, based upon the best-selling novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and Lonely Hearts co-starring James Gandolfini and Salma Hayek which is based on the true story of the elusive Lonely Hearts Killers of the late 1940s.

Travolta most recently starred in the box office hit comedy Wild Hogs and will next be seen starring opposite Robin Williams and Kelly Preston in Old Dogs.

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John Travolta Facts

Birth Name John Joseph Travolta
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is John Travolta compared to you?
Awards1998 MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo (for Face/Off)
1996 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Get Shorty)

Selected Filmography

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Beverly Hills Cop III
Get Shorty
Wild Hogs
I am Wrath
The Forger
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