Dwight Morrow High School
Became the star of the series "American Crime Story"
Starred in the action film "Life on the Line"
Reunited with "Grease" co-star Olivia Newton-John to record holiday album This Christmas
Featured in Oliver Stone’s ensemble crime drama "Savages"
Played an FBI Agent opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in "From Paris with Love," co-written by Luc Besson
Co-starred with Robin Williams in the comedy "Old Dogs"; also starred wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Travolta
Played the villainous role in Tony Scott's remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123"
Lent his voice to the title character, a small white German Shepherd in the animated feature "Bolt"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for performing the song "I Thought I Lost You"
Cast in gender-bending role as 1950s housewife Edna Turnblad (originally played by Divine in John Waters' 1988 film) in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Hairspray"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actor
Cast in the comedy-adventure "Wild Hogs" as one of four middle-aged friends who take a freewheeling motorcycle trip
Again played Chili Palmer, his charater from the hit film "Get Shorty" in its sequel "Be Cool"
Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in "A Love Song for Bobby Long"
Cast as Chief Kennedy in the drama "Ladder 49" opposite Joaquin Phoenix
Cast opposite Thomas Jane in "The Punisher"
Played a DEA agent in dramatic thriller "Basic"
Portrayed a spy in the thriller "Swordfish"
Realized dream project of starring in the feature adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi novel "Battlefield Earth"; film and performance was panned by critics
Starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in the Nora Ephron directed "Lucky Numbers"
Portrayed Governor Jack Stanton in the political feature "Primary Colors," helmed by Mike Nichols
Played attorney Jan Schlichtman who battles powerful companies on behalf of the victims of toxic poisoning in "A Civil Action," based on the book by Jonathan Harr
Starred opposite Nicolas Cage in second film with director Woo "Face/Off"
First film with John Woo, "Broken Arrow"
Cast as Chili Palmer in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty"; starred with Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito
Revitalized feature acting career with an acclaimed portrayal of a junkie hitman in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Co-wrote screenplay and starred in "Chains of Gold"
Initially revived career with comedy "Look Who's Talking" but did not follow up on movie's success
Returned to TV to co-star in Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter," a one-act play directed by Robert Altman
Reprised Tony Manero in the "Saturday Night Fever" sequel "Staying Alive"
Reteamed with De Palma for "Blow Out"
Starred with Debra Winger in "Urban Cowboy"
Reprised stage role for the feature version of "Grease" opposite Olivia Newton-John
First starring role in a feature, as Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever"; earned Best Actor Oscar nomination
TV-movie debut, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (ABC)
Landed featured role in Brian De Palma's "Carrie"
Made feature film debut in a bit part in "The Devil's Rain"
Cast as Vinnie Barbarino on "Welcome Back, Kotter" (ABC); began appearing with less frequency toward the end of its run
Made Broadway debut in "Over Here!"; acted opposite the Andrews Sisters for 10 months
Appeared in the original Broadway production of "Grease"; also toured with show for 10 months
Dropped out of high school at age 16
Made stage debut in "Who Will Save the Plowboy?" at age 12
Began acting career in summer stock in New Jersey .
An avid flier since the age of 16, Travolta was a licensed jet pilot and owned several jets.
Was a finalist with Robby Benson for the role of Michael Corleone's son in "The Godfather, Part II" (1974). Benson won the part but the character was cut from the release print.
Held the record for the most Rolling Stone covers for an actor (1978, 1980, 1983, 1985).
He was offered the lead in "Days of Heaven" (1978) but the producers of ABC's "Welcome Back, Kotter" would not release him. The role instead went to Richard Gere.
He also backed out of starring in "American Gigolo" (1980) and Gere stepped in.
Was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1981.
Turned down the lead in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), a part reportedly written for him, because the shooting conflicted with his attendance of American Airlines' month-long jet pilot training school. Gere got that role as well.
Turned down the lead in "Blind Date" (1987). The part became Bruce Willis' feature debut as a lead.
Impressed by Travolta after their collaboration on Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter" (ABC, 1987), director Robert Altman considered him for the lead in "The Player" (1992), but eventually chose Tim Robbins. He feared that Travolta would bring "too much history" to the part.
Reportedly left the production of "The Double," directed by Roman Polanski, nine days before shooting. He had been expected to earn a $16 million salary for the feature. A breach of contract lawsuit was settled out of court in July 1997.
Frequented Denny’s restaurant, often for late night meals. The popular franchise chain was also where he ate throughout the film "Lucky Numbers" (2000).
After completing his flight training, Travolta was named ambassdor-at-large for Australia's Quantas airlines. On July 1, 2002, he took his family on a two-month trip around the world. They planned to visit 13 cities and travelled on a refurbished Boeing 707 that Travolta purchased from the airline.