Triple Threat: The John Travolta Movie Quiz

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

In a career spanning more than 40 years, John Travolta has taken on roles ranging from dancing man, to family man to hitman, making viewers laugh, cry and boogie down. Take our quiz to see how much you know about Travolta's most memorable movies!

What was the name of Travolta's character in "Grease?"

Travolta plays bad boy Danny Zukko, who falls for good girl Sandy Olsson when the pair meet at the beach over summer vacation.

Which of Travolta's movies made the most money as of 2016?

"Grease" was Travolta's biggest box office success as of 2016, raking in $188 million since its 1978 release.

Who directed the 1994 movie "Pulp Fiction?"

It was Quentin Tarantino who directed "Pulp Fiction," which earned John Travolta an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and helped to revitalize his career.

Travolta played a woman in "Hairspray."

In the 2007 version of "Hairspray," Travolta dressed up in drag to play Edna Turnblad, a role filled by Divine in the original "Hairspray" film.

"Battlefield Earth" was inspired by an L. Ron Hubbard novel.

Travolta, a devoted Scientologist, appeared in the 2000 movie "Battlefield Earth," which was inspired by a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

What year did "Saturday Night Fever" hit theaters?

"Saturday Night Fever," with its Bee Gees-infused soundtrack, helped to usher in the disco era when it was released in 1977.

Whose face does Travolta end up wearing in "Face/Off?"

Doctors remove the face of Castor Troy -- played by Nicholas Cage -- who eventually ends up taking Travolta's face as his own.

Travolta loaned his voice to a cartoon dog in this 2008 Disney flick.

Travolta voiced the title character in Bolt, a story about a dog who believes he has super powers because he once starred on a TV show.

What was causing Travolta's character to have super powers in "Phenomenon?"

In the 1996 tearjerker, Travolta plays George Malley, a man gifted with special powers he later learns are caused by a deadly brain tumor.

What is the name of Travolta's character in "Pulp Fiction?"

Travolta plays Vincent Vega, hitman for mob boss Marsellus Wallace.

In which of these films does Travolta play the role of Chili Palmer?

Chili Palmer appears in the 1995 film "Get Shorty," as well as its 2005 sequel -- "Be Cool," in which Travolta's character Palmer is trying to rebuild a defunct record company.

Travolta appeared in this 1976 horror classic.

Travolta had a minor part as Chris' boyfriend Billy Nolan in the 1976 movie "Carrie," which helped to launch his career in Hollywood.

Where is the movie "Ladder 49" set?

In "Ladder 49," which came out in 2004, Travolta plays Deputy Chief Mike Kennedy of the Baltimore Fire Department.

What year was Travolta's film "The Punisher" released?

Travolta played Howard Saint in "The Punisher" -- which was inspired by the Marvel Comics character -- in 2004.

What is Chili Palmer's biggest dream in "Get Shorty?"

In the 1995 flick "Get Shorty," Travolta plays Chili Palmer, who dreams of making a movie and pitches his life story to movie producer Harry Zimm.

Which of these actors starred opposite Travolta in "Swordfish?"

Travolta stars opposite Hugh Jackman, who plays hacker Stanley Jobson, in the 2001 movie, which also featured Halle Berry and Don Cheadle.

What is Tony Manero's favorite club?

In "Saturday Night Fever," Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man from Brooklyn who works in a hardware store by day but gets down at 2001 Odyssey by night.

What role did Travolta play in "Face/Off?"

Travolta starred as FBI agent Sean Archer in the 1997 action flick "Face/Off."

In which film did Travolta play Maj. Vic Deakins?

Travolta stars as Air Force pilot Maj. Vic Deakins in the 1996 action movie "Broken Arrow," which also starred Christian Slater.

Where does Travolta's character like to hang out in "Urban Cowboy?"

In the 1980 drama "Urban Cowboy," Travolta plays Bud Davis -- who hangs out at Gilley's Pub and marries girlfriend Sissy, played by Debra Winger.

What happens to the title character in the 1999 movie "The General's Daughter?"

In "The General's Daughter," Travolta plays Army investigator Paul Brenner, who must find out why the general's daughter Elisabeth was brutally murdered.

What was the name of Travolta's character in "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble?"

In the 1976 movie, which was inspired by a true story, Travolta plays Tod Lubitch -- a boy forced to live in a bubble to protect his fragile immune system.

Which 2010 John Travolta movie also featured his wife Kelly Preston?

Preston played an uncredited role in "From Paris With Love." She also co-starred with her husband in "Old Dogs" and "Battlefield Earth.'

Who co-starred with Travolta in "Old Dogs?"

Robin Williams and John Travolta starred as two men trying to run a sports marketing firm together in the 2009 comedy "Old Dogs."

What was taken in "The Taking of Pelham 123?"

Travolta plays lead hijacker Ryder, who takes over a New York City subway car in the 2009 film "The Taking of Pelham 123."

Which of these actors did not appear in "Wild Hogs?"

The 2007 movie "Wild Hogs" was an ensemble biker comedy starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence.

What was the name of Travolta's character in "Wild Hogs?"

Travolta plays a high-powered lawyer named Woody Stevens, who takes a road trip to California with his biker friends after his supermodel wife leaves him.

What did Travolta's character do for a living in "Look Who's Talking?"

Travolta plays James Ubriacco, a cab driver who helps Mollie when she goes into labor in his taxi.

Who voiced baby Mikey in "Look Who's Talking?"

Bruce Willis played a talking baby in the movie. By the end, James and Mollie were bringing home a daughter, Julie, to join big bro Mikey.

How many movie sequels did "Look Who's Talking" get?

Travolta starred in two sequels to "Look Who's Talking," including "Look Who's Talking Too," and "Look Who's Talking Now." The series also spawned a 1991 TV series called "Baby Talk."

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