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John Travolta and Daughter Ella Smile for Ellen

John Travolta, nearing the end of the toughest year of his life, was able to put on a happy face today.

"I just want to take one moment to thank each and every one of you throughout this country, throughout the world, for all your support and all your love for our family. Thank you very much," Travolta said to kick off his interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs tomorrow.

The actor's 9-year-old daughter—and Old Dogs costar—Ella Bleu was also in the house, making her first-ever talk-show appearance.

Having sat out the publicity tour for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, this was Travolta's first TV interview since he and Kelly Preston lost their 16-year-old son, Jett, in January.

Talking about Ella's good work alongside him (and her mom) and Robin Williams in the family comedy Old Dogs, a beaming Travolta couldn't keep his pride inside.

"I'm holding back the tears," he said.

"No, really you're not," Ellen deadpanned, offering up a box of tissues.

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See what else besides Old Dogs is coming to a theater near you in our 2009 Holiday Movie Guide.

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