• John Travolta (Tony Manero)

  • John Travolta (Tony Manero)

    Travolta was the TV star who proved you could make it on the big screen when he went from Sweathog to Disco Stud in “Saturday Night Fever.” Hits like “Grease” followed, but his career soon dipped. He had a comeback with the “Look Who’s Talking” movies in the ’80s and again with “Pulp Fiction” in the ’90s. He’s still going strong but more often lately as a bad guy in “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″ and “Savages.” He just wrapped “Killing Season” with none other than Robert De Niro and he’s set to play the late John Gotti in “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” with Al Pacino.

  • Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie)

  • Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie)

    Gorney was a relative unknown when she landed the plum part of Travolta’s reluctant dancing partner Stephanie. Since then, Gorney has continued to act, appearing in the “Saturday Night Fever” TV series and video game, the film “Searching for Bobby D” and episodes of “The Sopranos” and “Law & Order.” Of her lack of great roles, she has said, “They didn’t know what to do with me. I was ahead of my time, and they didn’t know what to put me in.”

  • Donna Pescow (Annette)

  • Donna Pescow (Annette)

    A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she also studied with the legendary Lee Strasberg before landing her first screen role as lovelorn Annette in “Saturday Night Fever.” Afterwards, she headlined the sitcom, “Angie,” which ran from 1979-1980. She starred on sitcoms including “Out of This World” (’87-’91) and “Even Stevens” (’00-’03) and guested on “The Sopranos,” “Cold Case” and, most recently, “Body of Proof.”

  • Barry Miller (Bobby C.)

  • Barry Miller (Bobby C.)

    Miller was the only one of Tony’s crew who had acted prior to “Saturday Night Fever,” with roles in the TV movie “The Death of Richie” and a guest spot on the Saturday morning series “Shazam!” He went on to appear in “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” He won the 1985 Best Actor Tony Award for his performance as Arnold Epstein in “Biloxi Blues.” His most recent screen credit was the 2004 film “Shortcut to Happiness,” directed by Alec Baldwin.

  • Joseph Cali (Joey)

  • Joseph Cali (Joey)

    Cali made his acting debut as Tony’s pal Joey in “Saturday Night Fever,” and went on to appear in “The Competition” with Amy Irving and as “Nick the Nose” in “Suicide Kings.” He now runs a home theater business in Los Angeles called Joseph Cali Systems Design Inc.

  • Paul Pape (Double J.)

  • Paul Pape (Double J.)

    “Saturday Night Fever” was the first acting role for the New York native. Since the ’80s, Pape has been a voice actor for films including “Bolt” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” Recent live-action roles include a priest opposite Tom Berenger in the 2005 TV movie “Detective.” He’s now the CEO of his own company, Red Wall productions.

  • Bruce Ornstein (Gus)

  • Bruce Ornstein (Gus)

    Orntein’s role as Gus, Tony’s friend who gets jumped and ends up in the hospital, was his first. Since 1997, <a href=”http://www.actingclassnyc.com/”>he’s taught an acting workshop</a> in New York City and counts Sam Rockwell and “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23′”s Dreama Walker among his clients (Walker starred in the 2012 feature “Vamperifica,” which Ornstein wrote and directed). He’s currently an adjunct professor in the Columbia University MFA Program for Film.

  • Julie Bovasso (Flo)

    She’s best known for playing Travolta’s mom, who memorably announced, “no slapping at the dinner table,” but she was also great in “Moonstruck,” with Cher. She was also a playwright, dialect coach and drama teacher. Sidney Lumet, who directed her in “The Verdict” and “Daniel,” called her “one of the best actresses we’ve ever had in this country.” She was the only other actor besides Travolta from “Saturday Night Fever” to appear in its disappointing sequel “Staying Alive” in 1983. Bovasso died of cancer in 1991.

  • Val Bisoglio (Frank Sr.)

    Before playing Tony’s bitter, out-of-work dad (who was apt to smack his son across the dinner table) Bisoglio appeared on just about every ’70s cop show there was, including “Kojak,” “Ironside” and “Baretta.” “Saturday Night Fever” fell in the middle of his long-running gig as restaurant owner Danny Tovo on “Quincy M.E.” He went on to guest on “Miami Vice” and “Hill Street Blues.” His most recent credit was Murf Lupo on “The Sopranos” in 2002.

  • Martin Shakar (Frank Jr.)

  • Martin Shakar (Frank Jr.)

    Shakar’s best-known role is still that of Tony’s brother, Frank Jr., who breaks their mother’s heart by leaving the priesthood. After “Fever,” Shakar was a frequent guest on “The Equalizer and “Law & Order,” and his film credits include “Uptown Girls” and “A Price Above Rubies.” He recently appeared on “Unforgettable” and just wrapped the film “Franny” with Frances Fisher.

  • Sam Coppola (Dan Fusco)

    Coppola (no relation to Francis Ford Coppola) had roles in “Fatal Attraction” and “Serpico,” but he’ll always be remembered as Tony’s boss, Dan Fusco, who advised his dance-obsessed young employee, “The future catches up with you … if you ain’t prepared for it.” Among his many roles: Dr. Melfi’s therapist on “The Sopranos.” He <a href=”http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/celebrities/138832399_Sam_Coppola__actor_in_films__TV__theater.html”>died February 5, 2012</a> of a brain aneurysm.

  • Fran Drescher (Connie)

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  • Fran Drescher (Connie)

    The future “Nanny” made her film debut as Connie, who asks Tony, “So, are you as good in bed as you are on that dance floor?” Drescher popped up in “This is Spinal Tap” (objecting to a certain album cover), and episodes of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Night Court” before landing her signature role on “The Nanny.” She was then on “Life With Fran” and now stars in the autobiographical “Happily Divorced” on TV Land.

  • The Bee Gees

  • The Bee Gees

    The Brothers Gibb — Barry, Maurice and Robin — formed in 1958, but didn’t hit it big until their 15-times-platinum soundtrack for “Saturday Night Fever,” which is still ranked as the fourth-best selling album of all time. Their own foray into movies, the Beatles-inspired, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” was a heavily criticized flop, although some of the songs did chart. With the end of the disco era, the band saw their popularity wane as well. They released their final album in 2001: Just two years later, Maurice died suddenly, followed by Robin, who succumbed to cancer in May of 2012.

  • John Badham

  • John Badham

    Badham got his start directing TV episodes including “Night Gallery” and “The Streets of San Francisco.” “Saturday Night Fever” was his second feature film and although he had hits including “WarGames” in 1983 and “Stakeout” in 1987, nothing ever matched “Fever”‘s runaway success. After his last theatrical film “Nick of Time,” starring Johnny Depp, which grossed only $ 8 million, Badham has returned to directing for TV. He’s lent his talent to episodes of “Heroes,” “Psych” and “Nikita.”

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