John Travolta

by ethnic on January 10, 2008

Birth Name: John Joseph Travolta

Place of Birth: Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 18, 1954

*50% Italian [Sicilian]
*50% Irish

John Travolta is an American actor, producer, dancer, and singer.

John is the son of Helen Travolta (born Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His parents were both born in New Jersey. His father was of Italian/Sicilian descent. His mother, an actress and singer, was of Irish ancestry. He grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood and once stated that his upbringing was predominantly Irish in culture. His siblings, Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam, are also actors. A picture of John’s father can be seen here. A picture of both of John’s parents can be seen here.

John is married to actress and model Kelly Preston. The couple has had three children.

John has sometimes played an Italian-American character, for example, Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and James Ubriacco in Look Who’s Talking.

John’s paternal grandfather was Salvatore/Samuel Travolta (the son of Francisco Travolta and Rosa Marsala). Salvatore was from Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

John’s paternal grandmother was Giuseppina/Josephine Marsala (the daughter of Giovanni Marsala and Vincenza Cerniglia). Giuseppina was also from Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Giovanni was the son of Giovanni Marsala.

John’s maternal grandfather was Charles Frederick Burke (the son of James A. Burke and Cecilia/Celia Hines/Hynes). Charles was born in Massachusetts. James was born in Massachusetts, the son of Richard A. Burke, from Limerick, Ireland, and of Mary Clancy, from Cork, Ireland. Cecilia was born in Cheshire, Lancashire, England, to Irish parents, Michael Hines and Ann Kelley, who was from County Mayo.

John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Murphy (the daughter of James J. Murphy and Ellen S. Sheehan). Mary Ellen was born in Massachusetts, to a father from England and a mother from Wales, both of Irish descent.

Sources: Genealogy of John Travolta –

Genealogy of John’s father –

John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s mother –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant June 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

i am so sad TRAVOLTA is not 100 percent italian ?

that means gelato and calzone boycott for 1 week !

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Pure talent

savanna November 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

He should be listed as Sicilian too.

gel August 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

Probably fit in in Cork!

Alice August 17, 2015 at 5:30 am

Don’t think so. You can see the Italian in him.

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Italians can have blue eyes too…

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

oh ok i doubted that he could be full italian

but now we have the proof that he has his blue eyes from the irish side

but thats strange about italian surnames

if some has tons of ethnicities but a surname of italian descent he or she will be seen automatically as ITALIAN AMERICAN

same for LEO DI CAPRIO

follers August 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm

It’s physically impossible for John Travolta to have blue eyes unless both of his parents carried the blue eye allele. There’s no such thing as “getting blue eyes from one side of the family”.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

ARE you sure ?

i know a lot of guys with 1 parent from italy and others from croatia or germany with blue or green eyes

and they have green and blue eyes

follers August 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Green eyes aren’t the same as blue eyes.

But if a person has blue eyes (not green), then both of their parents have at least one blue eye allele.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm

i said also blue eyes :-)

somethimes i ask myself what you guys are thinking of

andrew August 4, 2015 at 7:04 am
andrew August 4, 2015 at 7:05 am
andrew February 26, 2016 at 5:19 am
rafe June 18, 2018 at 8:25 pm

God, you’re stupid.

DAZZY August 26, 2015 at 4:52 am

I’m italian and where I live 15/20 % of people have blue eyes. Italy population is a melting pot of many ethnicity in centuries.

andrew January 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

“Ubriaco” (just one c) means “drunk” lol

Eduardo January 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I thought he was just plain white man but he is still a white man lol ha ha ha ha

dennybb August 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

You must to be very confuse about anthropology.

Check on youtube this north italian people:
federica fontana, ilary blasi, giulia montanarini, alessia marcuzzi, paola barale, maddalena corvaglia, lorella cuccarini, antonella clerici

Italians are white people part of the caucasian race. Italians aren’t a race but an ethnicity


The ten largest ancestries of American Whites are: German Americans (16.5%), Irish Americans (11.9%), English Americans (9.0%), Italian Americans (5.7%), Mexican Americans (5.4%), French Americans (4%), Polish Americans (3%), Scottish Americans (1.9%), Dutch Americans (1.6%), and Norwegian Americans (1.5%).

Maria January 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I taught he was just Italian lot of these celebs have some Irish heritage thats what happens when so many went over in the famine i suppose.Love him in Saturday Night Fever.

dennybb August 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

but is funny that they are all claiming to be italian 100% because they want to be recognize as italian

rafa June 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm

i’m a mixture of iberian anglosaxon and celt

rafa June 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm

a mixture of roman and celt

dennybb August 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm


Italians aren’t romans, italy is a nation made up in 1861


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