John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, dancer, and singer. After attending Dwight Morrow High School,Travolta moved to New York City and landed a role in the touring company of the musical "Grease" and on Broadway in "Over Here!," singing the Sherman ...Read moreBrothers' song "Dream Drummin'". He then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in show business. Travolta's first significant movie role was as Billy Nolan, a bully who was goaded into playing a prank on Sissy Spacek's character in the Brian De Palma horror film, "Carrie" (1976). Around the same time, he landed his star-making role as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975–1979), and he also had a hit single entitled "Let Her In", peaking at number ten on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1976. In the next few years, he appeared in two of his most noted screen roles: Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and as Danny Zuko in "Grease" (1978). The films were among the most commercially successful pictures of the decade and catapulted Travolta to international stardom. Saturday Night Fever earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. At age 24, Travolta became one of the youngest performers ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. After starring in "Urban Cowboy" (1980), Travolta suffered a big career downturn that lasted for nearly a decade, starring in a series of financial and critical failures that sidelined his acting career. In 1989, Travolta starred in "Look Who's Talking", which grossed $297,000,000, making it his most successful film since Grease. Travolta continued to the two sequels "Look Who's Talking Too" (1990) and "Look Who's Talking Now" (1993). But it was not until he played Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's hit Pulp Fiction (1994), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, that his career revived. The movie shifted him back onto the A-list, and he was inundated with offers. Notable roles following Pulp Fiction include a movie-buff loan shark in "Get Shorty" (1995), an FBI agent and terrorist in "Face/Off" (1997), a desperate attorney in "A Civil Action" (1998), a Bill Clinton-esque presidential candidate in "Primary Colors" (1998), and a military detective in "The General's Daughter" (1999). Travolta also starred in "Battlefield Earth" (2000) based on a work of science fiction by L. Ron Hubbard, in which he played the leader of a group of aliens that enslaves humanity on a bleak future Earth. The film received almost universally negative reviews and did very poorly at the box office. In 2007 he starred in "Wild Hogs" & played Mrs. Edna Turnblad in the remake of "Hairspray", his first musical since "Grease". In 2008 he lent his voice for the film "Bolt" in which he played the titular role. Most recently, he starred opposite Robert De Niro as a former Serbian soldier in the action drama "Killing Season" (2013).