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John Travolta
High school ... who needs it?

John Travolta dropped out of high school and moved to New York to become a star. It worked! He landed a role in a Broadway show, along with a part in a little musical called “Grease.” (Paramount Pictures)
John Travolta
Next stop: City of Angels

Band-Aid commercials gave way to bit parts on TV and in movies. John rocketed into the collective consciousness when he landed the role of Vinnie Barbarino on “Welcome Back, Kotter” in 1975. (ABC)
Disco king
Disco king

The ‘70s were the golden age for John as he lit up the silver screen in “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977 and “Grease” in 1978. “Urban Cowboy,” in 1980, kept spreading the Travolta fever. ()
‘Staying Alive’
Career missteps

Rumor has it that John said no thank you to roles in timeless classics like “Splash” and “Fatal Attraction.” Instead, he chose to appear in a handful of flops like the “Saturday Night Fever” sequel “Staying Alive” in 1983. (Paramount Pictures)
‘Pulp Fiction’
Second chance

John was bummed out by the direction his career was going (namely, down), but that all changed in 1994. “Pulp Fiction” came along and put him back on the map. (Linda R. Chen / Miramax)
Sci-fi failure

John, a prominent Scientologist, starred in “Battlefield Earth” in 2000, a film based on the teachings of Scientology. The movie won a Razzie Award for Worst Film of the Year. (Franchise Pictures)
John Travolta Kelly Preston

John married Kelly Preston in 1991 and they have two children together. John and Kelly have homes in Florida, Maine and California. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)
Stretching out

After years of playing romantic leads, action stars and dancing sensations, John jumped at the chance to play a woman in the 2007 remake of the musical “Hairspray.” He wore a fat suit to play Edna Turnblad. (David James / New Line Cinema)
John Travolta
Something for the kiddies

John wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Propeller One-Way Night Coach.” (Los Angeles Times)
A unique obsession
A unique obsession

You won’t catch John at the next screening of “An Inconvenient Truth.” “I’m probably not the best candidate to ask about global warming because I fly jets,” he once admitted.

John is a licensed pilot and he collects planes. The aviation enthusiast went so far as to name his son Jett! (Firooz Zahedi)