John Travolta, the star of such films as “Saturday Night Fever,” “Pulp Fiction” and the current “Face/Off,” will be the recipient of the American Cinematheque’s career honor at its 12th Moving Picture Ball on Sept. 13.
A two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, his work has ranged from comedy and musicals to action and social dramas. Travolta joins a select group that has included Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, Bette Midler, Mel Gibson and, most recently, Tom Cruise.
A star for more than two decades, the Englewood, N.J., native came on the scene in 1975 as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Following several supporting roles in features, he became a box-office star with the back-to-back success of “Fever” and “Grease,” the former nabbing him his first Oscar recognition. He was nominated again in 1994, for “Pulp Fiction.”
His career has been a rollercoaster ride that includes such conspicuous flops as “Moment by Moment,” “Two of a Kind” and “Perfect.” However, they have been more than balanced by such popular hits as “Look Who’s Talking,” “Get Shorty” and “Phenomenon.”