TV stars who made leap to movies

Published On: Jun 03 2011 02:50:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Feb 18 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

TV to movies - James Franco
4 / 48
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

James Franco, Kunis' "Oz the Great and Powerful" costar, has also become a bona fide movie star, with roles in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, "127 Hours" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." But he first got a taste of fame in a short-lived TV series.

Upload Photos / Videos