TV stars who made leap to movies

Published: Jun 03 2011 03:50:21 PM EDT   Updated On: Feb 18 2015 02:00:00 AM EST

In honor of John Travolta's 61st birthday on Wednesday, take a look at the one-time "Welcome Back, Kotter" star and other actors who made the leap from the small screen to movies.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television

But you have to go back to 1975 for TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter" for Travolta's start as Vinnie Barbarino.

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