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Morning Man Classic: John Travolta!

He had me at The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Today we celebrate 1970s John Travolta, that impossibly gorgeous guy who was the breakout star of TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, the classic sitcom on which he played Sweathog Vinnie Barbarino.

He had started out the decade with guest spots on such shows as Medical Center, Emergency!, The Rookies and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.

Then, after three years on Kotter and small roles in the films Carrie and The Devil’s Rain, Travolta’s career reached the stratosphere with his starring roles in the classics Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

The red hot streak was briefly halted with the release of Travolta’s third starring role opposite Lily Tomlin in Moment By Moment.

But by 1980, he was back on top with Urban Cowboy.

It would set a pattern in the coming decades of dizzying heights (Pulp Fiction, Hairspray, Get Shorty) and box office bombs (Two of a Kind, Battlefield Earth, Lucky Numbers).

Travolta turns 63 today. He’s still working steadily through the bombs, the rumors and scandals with three new movies in pre- or post-production.

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9 Remarks

  1. HAHAHA!! 83??? Really?

  2. 83? You sure?

  3. February 18th, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Former Yooper says:

    I think you have the wrong age…..he is not 83.

  4. Oops. Travolta turns 64 today. Where does the time goes?

  5. He did not age well, however.

  6. Thanks for catching the typo everyone. It was just a test and you all passed!

  7. Closer, But Travolta was born Feb. 18, 1954 – according to IMDb and Wikipedia. No big difference. Joe said it best earlier.

  8. Hahaha we know you were checking that we are actually READING your blog instead of just trolling for hot photos from your classic man and monday man series.

  9. I had the pleasure (mostly) of working on Staying Alive…John was a true gentleman, unlike director Stallone, who was and is a major asshole!!
    And…I have Lots of pictures from the set of John! :)
    (on ebay!!)


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