TV stars who made leap to movies

POSTED: 3:50 PM Jun 03 2011   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Feb 18 2015

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 - Johnny Depp
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Johnny Depp had some of his first acting roles in "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Platoon," before becoming a star with such hits as "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Public Enemies" and "Edward Scissorhands."


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