Biography

Inasmuch as Joey Travolta enjoyed his fifteen minutes of fame after his brother John ascended to stardom, many jaundiced observers assumed that Joey was the typical "kid brother" coasting on his sibling's celebrity. In fact, Joey was two years older than John. Also, both Joey and his older sister Ellen Travolta had been professional actors in the New York area for several years before kid brother John hit it big with Saturday Night Fever. Largely lacking his brother's charisma, Joey has nonetheless made a comfortable living as a character actor over the past two decades, appearing in projects ranging from the made-for-TV Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982) to the destined-for-oblivion Beach Babes from Beyond (1988). Joey Travolta has also landed a leading role or two, notably as conscience-stricken ex-CIA agent Frank DaVinci in 1993's DaVinci's War. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi