TRAVOLTA, WENDT STAR OF WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO

A quick trivia quiz:

1) Name the pop icon who sang:
"I got chills...they're multiplyin'. And I'm losin' control. 'Cause the power you're supplyin', it's electrifyin'!"
2) Or the character who said this in an iconic sitcom moment :
"It's a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear."
If you guessed 1) John Travolta, aka Danny Zuko in 'Grease' who sang 'You're the One That I Want' with Olivia Newton-John, and 2) Southwest Suburban native George Wendt, aka Norm Peterson, of 'Cheers,' you'd best be headed to Wizard World Comic Com at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this weekend, August 21-25 and start collecting autographs.

The two-time Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning star of 'Pulp Fiction,' and 'Saturday Night Fever' makes his Wizard World debut on Saturday, August 24, to discuss the ups and downs of his historic, four-decade career, and will be greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for photo ops, and conduct an interactive Q&A panel during the 22nd annual convention. Thank you

Travolta rose to fame with his portrayal of student Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back, Kotter,” and became an icon as Tony Manero in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, Danny in Grease (1978)and Bud in 1980’s Urban Cowboy. He found a new generation of fans a decade later, as James in Look Who’s Talking. Since then, lead roles in Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), A Civil Action (1998), Battlefield Earth (2000), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), and Gotti (2018).

His latest film is 'The Fanatic,' a dramatic thriller about a middle-aged man whose obsession with a celebrity action star, which becomes dangerously intense. It's directed by former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and opens August 30.
Of his success over four decades in show business, Travolta has been quoted as saying, "Acting is a mix of luck and choice. I got lucky."
For Wendt, who visits Wizard World Comic Con from Friday through Sunday, he's best remembered as Norm in the 1980's sitcom 'Cheers.' Life for Wendt began in the Beverly neighborhood. Shortly after college, Wendt joined The Second City comedy troupe, and graduated in 1975. It was at The Second City where he met his wife, Bernadine Birkett, who made a brief, but memorable appearance as 'Vera,' Norm's never-seen, yet omnipresent wife. As Norm, Wendt earned six Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also burnished his image as a comedian on Saturday Night Live as one of 'Da Superfans,' the long-running spoof of Chicago Bears and Bulls fans, with creator Robert Smigel and the late Chris Farley.
Wendt is the uncle of another comic legend, former Saturday Night Live actor Jason Sudeikis, now a film star in his own right, with comic turns in 'Horrible Bosses' and 'Hall Pass.'
"He’s always been very encouraging, but there was no Tuesdays With Morrie kind of relationship between him and I," Sudeikis told Playboy Magazine in 2011. "He didn’t take me to the park to explain comic timing. There was nothing like that. He was just a good example that being an actor was a viable option. Here’s a guy from the Midwest, in my family, who took the road less traveled and it worked out for him. The advice he gave me, and I say this jokingly, is 'Get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out.'”
Travolta and Wendt are just two of the icons in a celebrity roster at Wizard World Chicago that includes Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Zachary Levi (Shazam, “Chuck”), Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy franchise, Cocoon), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, “Stranger Things”), 2018 Emmy Award winner Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Barry”) Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas), Lou Ferrigno ('The Hulk,') and Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Melissa and Joey”).
Returning to Wizard World Chicago will be Wisconsin native and host Kato Kaelin, best known as the houseguest of former football star and actor OJ Simpson. He will host live entertainment throughout the fest, including trivia contests and audience q & a sessions.
In addition to celebrity panels and guest stars, Wizard World Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 22, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 23, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Chicago, visit http://wizd.me/ChicagoPR.

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