John Travolta also had a decent sized role in the 1976 horror movie Carrie which helped to keep his name in the minds of movie goers for that whole year. In 1977 John Travolta starred in the hugely successful Saturday Night Fever which was a box office and critical success that jumped John Travolta into the international spotlight as not only a super star actor but he also became known as an accomplished dancer because of the dancing display he put on the movie. The singing and dancing in the 1970’s didn’t stop for John Travolta as in 1978 he starred in yet another huge blockbuster movie and that was the movie Grease. By this time John Travolta was an international superstar and in high demand throughout Hollywood as his name meant big box office sales. His huge success in the movies would make his next move quite a mystery to everyone around him.
In 1978 John Travolta signed on to be Vinny Barbarino in the very successful television series Welcome Back Kotter. Even though the series was a hit it seemed to put a cloud over John Travolta’s career for the 1980’s. Even though he starred in such hit movies as Urban Cowboy, Staying Alive, and Look Who’s Talking in the 1980’s the Hollywood press still put the “Whatever Happened To..” brand on John Travolta and even though it didn’t seem neither fair nor accurate that cloud hung over his head until he broke through the clouds in 1994.
In 1994 John Travolta game an Oscar nominated performance as hit man Vincent Vega in the smash hit Pulp Fiction. Even though John Travolta had been working steadily right up until Pulp Fiction was released, the movie was still called his great comeback and his Academy Award nomination was heralded as just the shot in the arm that his failing career needed.
Failing is a word you would be hard pressed to apply to the career of John Travolta. The two time Oscar nominated actor is still in very high demand to this day and has been part of some huge blockbusters in his career. Recently he took a chance by reviving the role played by cross dresser Divine in the remake of the movie Hairspray but maybe the critics will just look at it as another part of the new comeback of John Travolta, the comeback kid that never seems to go away. The world is always anxious to see how John Travolta will come back next and always holding their breaths to see when he goes away.