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.

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Eddie Murphy made television audiences laugh on "Saturday Night Live" before starring in movies including "Beverly Hills Cop," "48 Hours" and "Dreamgirls," for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

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