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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George Clooney began getting major roles on the big screen beginning in the 1990s, when he starred in "One Fine Day" and "Batman & Robin" before landing more serious roles in movies that included "Syriana," for which Clooney received the Oscar for best supporting actor.

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