You obviously know who John Travolta, the original star of ‘Grease,’ is — but his childhood and insanely successful career may be filled with fun facts you don’t know.
Before he was Danny, before he was Michael, John Travolta was just playing a bully who helped pour pig’s blood on Sissy Spacek in Carrie — yes really! Here’s five more things about the actor that you probably will be surprised to learn!
1. He dropped out of high school at 17.
In 1971, he dropped out and moved to NYC from New Jersey — and he landed his first role in the touring company of Grease. He also joined Broadway’s Over Here! before heading to LA to be in the movies — his first role there on TV was in Emergency.
2. He had a chart-topping single!
On July 1976, he released “Let Her In,” and it peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart!
3. He’s one of the youngest performers to earn an Oscar nomination.
After playing Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever in 1977, he landed an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor! He was only 24. The film was super important to him since his sister Ann had a minor role. The following year was Grease, and his other sister played a waitress.
4. After Grease, his next huge film was Look Who’s Talking.
The movie wasn’t as popular, but it grossed $297,000,000! However, it didn’t revive his career — five years later, Pulp Fiction came out and that is the role that earned him another Academy Award nomination.
5. He’s a pilot in his free time!
This was news to me! John owns five aircrafts — one named Jett Clipper Ella, in honor of his kids. He nearly had a collision in 1992 when he was forced to make an emergency landing due to an electric system failure. In 2010, Oprah Winfrey revealed she was taking her audience on a 8-day trip to Australia — John flew the pilot.