John Travolta is a critically acclaimed American actor and singer best known for his television and film roles from the 1970s through the 90s. He has worked on multiple blockbuster films that have generated hundreds of millions in revenue. Moreover, he has had leading and supporting roles in films by legendary movie directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Randal Kleiser, and Dominic Sena. Travolta was married to actress Kelly Preston from 1991 until her death in 2020 from breast cancer. The couple shared three children.
Travolta first rose to fame during the 1970s while appearing on the television sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" from 1975 to 1979. However, his back-to-back roles in box office thrillers like "Carrie," "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease," and "Urban Cowboy" rocketed his career to stardom. In the 1990s found even more career success when he starred in Tarantino's iconic 1994 film "Pulp Fiction." He acted in several more films, including "Get Shorty," "Broken Arrow," "Hairspray," "A Civil Action," and "Primary Colors."
Travolta was nominated for Best Actor by the Academy Awards for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever. He won a Primetime Emmy award for his role as producer on "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson." Travolta played Simpson's Lawyer Robert Shaprio and received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for his performance. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in "Get Shorty" and received six nominations throughout his career from that organization. He won the IIFA award for Oustanding Achievement in International Cinema in 2014.
Along with several other prominent actors and producers in Hollywood, Travolta is a member of the Church of Scientology, joining the organization in 1975. After the death of his wife Kelly, Travolta announced he would be putting his career on hold and spending more time with his family.