TV stars who made leap to movies

Published On: Jun 03 2011 12:50:21 PM PDT   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 11:00:00 PM PST

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 CBS Television Distribution

But for years he was better known as Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties," a role that earned him three Emmys. He also returned to TV in the late '90s with "Spin City."

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