John Travolta

Biography: The youngest member of a family of actors, Travolta began his career as a juvenile TV player. After guest-starring on myriad series, he signed on to Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975 and became an instant teen idol. The next year he starred as the title character in the TV-movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and embarked on an ill-fated romance with Diana Hyland, the older actress who played his mother; she soon died of cancer. Despite this personal setback, he was on a roll professionally, with an Oscar-nominated turn as a disco dancer in 1977's Saturday Night Fever and a charismatic performance as a 1950s delinquent in the musical Grease the next year. A series of box-office disappointments (Moment by Moment, Two of a Kind, Perfect) followed, but his nuanced performance as a hit man in the hip 1994 film Pulp Fiction revived his career and earned him an Oscar nod. Diverse, high-profile roles in a series of films followed, some successful and some not (most notably 2000's criticallyThe youngest member of a family of actors, Travolta began his career as a juvenile TV player. After guest-starring on myriad series, he signed on to Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975 and became an instant teen idol. The next year he starred as the title character in the TV-movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and embarked on an ill-fated romance with Diana Hyland, the older actress who played his mother; she soon died of cancer. Despite this personal setback, he was on a roll professionally, with an Oscar-nominated turn as a disco dancer in 1977's Saturday Night Fever and a charismatic performance as a 1950s delinquent in the musical Grease the next year. A series of box-office disappointments (Moment by Moment, Two of a Kind, Perfect) followed, but his nuanced performance as a hit man in the hip 1994 film Pulp Fiction revived his career and earned him an Oscar nod. Diverse, high-profile roles in a series of films followed, some successful and some not (most notably 2000's critically disparaged Battlefield Earth, which he also produced). On the home front, Travolta married Kelly Preston (who fell for him when they costarred in The Experts) in 1991 and the pair had two children. Tragedy struck, however, in 2009 when their son, Jett, died at the age of 16. In 2010, Travolta put his passion for flying to good use when he and Preston flew medical supplies and personnel to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Off screen, Travolta is an active follower of Scientology. Expand

John Travolta's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 94 Pulp Fiction
Lowest Metascore: 5 Two of a Kind
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 51
  2. Negative: 21 out of 51
51 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
18 The Fanatic Aug 30, 2019 Producer / Moose 4.4
26 The Poison Rose May 24, 2019 Carson Philips 5.0
34 Trading Paint Mar 22, 2019 Producer / Producer / Sam / Sam 7.9
19 Speed Kills Nov 16, 2018 Executive Producer / Executive Producer / Ben Aronoff / Ben Aronoff tbd
24 Gotti Jun 15, 2018 Executive Producer / John Gotti / John Gotti Sr. 4.5
24 Life on the Line Nov 18, 2016 Beau / Beau 4.6
64 In a Valley of Violence Oct 21, 2016 Marshal / The Marshal 6.6
tbd I Am Wrath May 13, 2016 Stanley / Stanley Hill 7.6
51 Criminal Activities Nov 20, 2015 Executive Producer / Eddie 6.8
32 The Forger Apr 24, 2015 Raymond Cutter / Raymond Cutter / Raymond J. Cutter / Raymond J. Cutter 7.9
70 Casting By Jul 26, 2013 Himself 8.6
25 Killing Season Jul 12, 2013 Emil Kovac / Emil Kovac / Emil Kovac / Emil Kovac tbd
59 Savages Jul 6, 2012 Dennis / Dennis 6.4
72 Paul Williams Still Alive Jun 8, 2012 Himself 8.0
42 From Paris with Love Feb 5, 2010 Charlie Wax / Charlie Wax tbd
19 Old Dogs Nov 25, 2009 Charlie 5.0
55 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Jun 12, 2009 Ryder / Ryder tbd
67 Bolt Nov 21, 2008 Bolt 8.2
81 Hairspray Jul 20, 2007 Edna Turnblad 7.6
60 Lonely Hearts Apr 13, 2007 Det. Elmer Robinson 7.2
27 Wild Hogs Mar 2, 2007 Woody Stevens 5.1
37 Be Cool Mar 4, 2005 Chili Palmer 7.5
48 A Love Song for Bobby Long Dec 29, 2004 Bobby Long 7.5
47 Ladder 49 Oct 1, 2004 Captain Mike Kennedy 7.8
34 Basic Mar 28, 2003 Hardy 7.5
29 Domestic Disturbance Nov 2, 2001 Frank Morrison 8.5
32 Swordfish Jun 8, 2001 Gabriel Shear 7.4
31 Lucky Numbers Oct 27, 2000 Russ Richards 4.5
9 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 May 12, 2000 Producer / Terl 2.0
47 The General's Daughter Jun 18, 1999 Warr. Off. Paul Brenner 4.4

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