1. Biography

John Joseph Travolta was born on February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey and has had an incredibly full life that isn’t over yet! åÊThe entertainment legend is one of six children of Helen and Salvatore Travolta. åÊTravolta’s father owned a tire repair shop in Hillsdale, NJ, Travolta Tires. åÊTravolta’s mother enrolled the precocious youngster in drama school in New York City where he studied voice, singing, and dancing. åÊThough it is often thought Travolta started acting when he became a household name with Welcome Back, Kotter, Travolta actually was in several TV, commercial, and movie roles prior to landing that big break. åÊHe was even in the broadway show “Grease” åÊ(before the movie). åÊIt’s hard to talk about John Travolta and not talk about aviation. åÊTravolta is actually an extremely accomplished pilot He has made at least 2 safe emergency landings when equipment failure hindered his plane. åÊOne notable incident took place when he successfully landed a Gulfstream IIB at Washington National when it experienced complete electrical failure during icing and at night. åÊAnother landing wasåÊsuccessfully completed in a Boeing 707 in Ireland on a flight that was originally planned to go from Germany to New York. åÊTravolta is qualified on many different types of aircraft as well as owns a number of aircraft including a Learjet, a Gulfstream and a Boeing 707. åÊHis 707 was previously built in 1964 for QANTAS. åÊTravolta painted the aircraft back to its original QANTAS colors and did a worldwide press junket for the airline in return for training on the 747 -400 as a first officer. åÊTravolta was Master of Ceremony at the Centennial of Flight Celebration at Kitty Hawk and was presented to John Glenn Aviation’s highest award. åÊAmong other iconic moments in the star’s life was when in 1985 Princess Diana asked him to dance at a White House event. åÊTravolta is good friends with Kirstie Alley, Dakota Fanning, and Robin Williams. åÊHe has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991.

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