Travolta earned his first Oscar nomination — and proved he was more than Vinnie Barbarino on TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter" — as the Brooklyn teenager who becomes a big man on the disco dance floor.
"It was a great beginning. I was grateful for it."
Travolta was the first choice to play Danny, who falls in love with
"I kind of grew into Danny. By the time the movie was done, I looked old enough. I actually looked too young to play Danny when I was 18.
I was really comfortable in my skin with that story."
'Urban Cowboy' (1980)
"I had to recover, and I recovered with a beautiful movie. … One of my best, and one of my favorites."
Travolta revived his career with his turn as a stone-hearted assassin who pontificates on how the French refer to American fast-food burgers in
"In all the choices I've made … the best were those that allowed me to be free to act, to have fun, whether it was 'Pulp Fiction' or any of the big ones. I was always free to express myself and explore in those characters."
'Ladder 49' (2004)
Released as an homage to the firefighters who lost their lives during
"We put our best foot forward. We were partaking in a bigger-than-ourselves moment. It was the first time I had seen a group of actors come together for something that was bigger than themselves, that had a bigger purpose."
Travolta plays a corrupt DEA agent in this frenetic