John Joseph Travolta is an American actor and singer.
He came to public attention during the 1970s, appearing on the television sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and starring in the box office successes Carrie (1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), and Urban Cowboy (1980).
Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performances in Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.
He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty and has received a total of six nominations, the most recent being in 2011.
John Travolta was born to Salvatore Travolta and Helen Cecilia Burke.
John Travolta Parents: Meet Salvatore Travolta, Helen Cecilia Burke
Travolta was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of New York City in Bergen County, New Jersey. His parents are Salvatore Travolta and Helen Cecilia Burke.
His father, Salvatore Travolta was a semi-professional American football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company, Travolta Tire Exchange.
His mother, Helen Cecilia was an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher.
The youngest of six children. His siblings Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta were all inspired by their mother’s love of theatre and drama and became actors.
His father was a second-generation Sicilian American with roots in Godrano, Province of Palermo, and his mother was Irish American.