18 February 1954, Englewood, New Jersey, USA, of Italian-Irish ancestry. Travolta left school at the age of 16 to become an actor. After working in off-Broadway productions and Hollywood bit-parts, he landed a lead in Welcome Back Cotter, a nationally transmitted television series. Hating to see this exposure go to waste, Midsong Records engaged the handsome young thespian as a recording artist. Three singles, notably 1976s Let Her In, cracked the US Top 40 which, with his film roles in such as Devils Rain (1975), The Boy In The Plastic Bubble (1976) and Carrie (1976), readied the public for his pièce de résistance as the star of Saturday Night Fever which turned disco into a multinational industry. Travoltas pop and cinema interests combined in 1978s Grease, for which he was singularly well prepared, having once toured in a stage version of this musical. From the soundtrack, his duets with co-star Olivia...
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