Travolta, John: Actor Profile

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John Travolta plays Charlie Wax in "From Paris With Love," directed by French director Pierre Morel (Taken). The film, which also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is being released February 5 by Lionsgate.

Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.  He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards.

Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation Get Shorty, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.  In 1998, Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival.  Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in A Civil Action, based on the best-selling book and directed by Steve Zailian.  He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in Primary Colors, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton, and in 2008, he received his fourth Golden Globenomination for his role as Edna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit Hairspray.  As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognize Travolta with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role.

He previously starred in a number of monumental films, earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s.  He went on to star in the big-screen version of the long-running musical Grease and the wildly successful Urban Cowboy, which also influenced trends in popular culture.  Additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers Carrie and Blowout, as well as Amy Heckerling’s hit comedy Look Who’s Talking and Nora Ephron’s comic hit Michael.  Travolta starred in Phenomenon and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo’s top-grossing Broken Arrow.  He also starred in the classic Face/Off opposite Nicolas Cage, and The General’s Daughter, co-starring Madeline Stowe.  Recently, Travolta reprised the role of ultra cool Chili Palmer in the Get Shorty sequel Be Cool.  In addition, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film A Love Song for Bobby Long, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where both Travolta and the films won rave reviews.

Other recent feature film credits include box-office hit-comedy Wild Hogs, the action-thriller Ladder 49, the movie version of the successful comic book The Punisher, the drama Basic, the psychological thrillerDomestic Disturbance, the hit action picture Swordfish, the successful sci-fi movie Battlefield Earth, based upon the best-selling novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and Lonely Hearts.  In addition, Travolta starred opposite Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and he provided the voice of the lead character in Walt Disney Pictures’ animated hit Bolt.

Most recently Travolta starred in Walt Disney Pictures’ film Old Dogs, along with Robin Williams, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu Travolta.