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 - James Franco
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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.

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