NEW YORK (AP) _ John Travolta may have danced his way to fame and fortune in ''Saturday Night Fever,'' but he was only acting and can't be sued by a man who claims the film was his life story, a court ruled.

Eugene ''Tony'' Robinson, a dancer at the Brooklyn discotheque that was the setting for the 1977 Travolta film, claims the movie and the 1976 magazine article it was based on are really about him.

But the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to drop Travolta from Robinson's $20 million suit.

State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Adler had ruled in 1983 that Robinson could not sue Travolta or the film's producer, Robert Stigwood.

Robinson is suing Paramount Pictures, New York magazine and the authors of the screenplay and magazine article.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Pop artist Andy Warhol, famous for paintings of Campbell's soup cans and Brillo boxes, is taking on the Cincinnati Reds' Pete Rose as his next subject.

The Cincinnati Art Museum has commissioned Warhol to paint a portrait of the Reds' player-manager to be shown at the museum in September, to commemorate Rose's expected breaking of Ty Cobb's all-time record of 4,191 hits.

''Do I know who he is?'' Rose asked Monday. ''Sure, he's an artist ... I haven't met him or anything. They just asked me to do it and I said I would.''

Asked if he would retain the authority to keep the portrait from being unveiled if he didn't like it, Rose said, ''No, I just put all my faith in War, Warhaw, Warhall? What is it? Oh, yeah, Warhol. I think he's a well- respected artist. Somebody told me he did Muhammed Ali.''

Warhol ''likes baseball, but I wouldn't call him a fan,'' said art dealer Carl Solway. ''He's interested in Pete Rose because Rose is a superstar and Andy is interested in the superstars of our culture.''

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal magistrate says actor Dan Haggerty, star of the ''Grizzly Adams'' TV series, has until October to file income tax returns and avoid a possible two-year prison sentence.

The tall, bearded 41-year-old Haggerty pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of failure to file returns on more than $500,000. It was part of an agreement in which two other counts were dropped.

Haggerty faces up to two years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The actor was convicted in March of selling cocaine to undercover officers. He is free pending appeal of a 90-day jail sentence and three years' probation.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Singer Billy Joel is donating the proceeds from his single ''You're Only Human'' to a teen-age suicide prevention program after the son of a friend killed himself.

Joel's unsolicited contribution also was prompted by recent publicity surrounding the cluster of teen-age suicides in the suburbs north of New York City, said Alfred DelBello, the former New York lieutenant governor who is chairman of the National Committee for Youth Suicide Prevention.

''He said he was doing it because the teen-age son of a close businesss associate had committed suicide and he indicated he himself had considered it when he was a teen-ager,'' DelBello said of Joel's contribution Monday.

Nineteen people aged 13 to 20 have taken their lives in the area in the past 18 months.

Joel, 34, did not want to comment on his action.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Screen giant Charlton Heston will star in his first TV series, ABC's ''Dynasty II: The Colbys,'' network executives say.

The Academy Award-winning actor will play Jason Colby, patriarch of the California-based Colby family, in a spinoff of the highly successful prime- time soap ''Dynasty'' this fall, said executive producer Aaron Spelling.

Heston is just back from directing and starring in ''The Caine Mutiny Court Martial'' on stage in London.

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WELAUNEE PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - Cable television magnate Ted Turner is keeping an air of privacy about his new, $8 million North Florida plantation that's about the size of St. Augustine.

Bear and bobcat roam the 8,100 acres of fields and woodlands surrounding the 1930s home. Buffalo will soon join them. Inside, antiques crowd the 10 rooms. Outside, formal gardens unfold in hearts and diamonds.

Turner, owner of the Atlanta-based Cable News Network and the Atlanta Braves baseball team, already owns a 5,000-acre ranch in South Carolina.