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Birthday: March 27, 1963
Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Height: 6' 2"
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| Director/screenwriter/actor/producer Quentin Tarantino was perhaps the most distinctive and volatile talent to emerge in American film in the early '90s. Unlike the previous generation of American filmmakers, Tarantino learned his craft from his days as a video clerk, rather than as a film school student. Consequently, he developed an audacious fusion of pop culture and independent art house cinema; his films were thrillers that were distinguished as much by their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of extreme violence. Tarantino initially began his career as an actor (his biggest role was as an Elvis impersonator on an episode of The Golden Girls), taking classes while he was working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA. During his time at Video Archives, the fledgling filmmaker began writing screenplays, completing his first, True Romance, in 1987. With his co-worker, Roger Avary (who would later also become a director), Tarantino tried to get financial backing to film the script. After years of negotiations, he decided to sell the script, which wound up in the hands of director Tony Scott. During this time, Tarantino wrote the screenplay for Natural Born Killers. Again, he was unable to come up with enough investors to make a movie and gave the script to his partner, Rand Vossler. Tarantino then used the money he made from True Romance to begin pre-production on Reservoir Dogs, a film about a failed heist. Reservoir Dogs received financial backing from LIVE Entertainment after Harvey Keitel agreed to star in the movie. Word-of-mouth on Reservoir Dogs began to build at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, which led to scores of glowing reviews, making the film a cult hit. While many critics and fans were praising Tarantino, he developed a sizable amount of detractors. Claiming he ripped off the obscure Hong Kong thriller City on Fire, the critics only added to the director/writer's already considerable buzz. During 1993, Tarantino wrote and directed his next feature, Pulp Fiction, which featured three interweaving crime story lines; Tony Scott's big-budget production of True Romance was also released that year. In 1994, Tarantino was elevated from a cult figure to a major celebrity. Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that May, beginning the flood of good reviews for the picture. Before Pulp Fiction was released in October, Oliver Stone's bombastic version of Natural Born Killers hit the theaters in August; Tarantino distanced himself from the film and was only credited for writing the basic story. Pulp Fiction soon eclipsed Natural Born Killers in both acclaim and popularity. Made for eight million dollars, the film eventually grossed over 100 million dollars and topped many critics' top ten lists. Pulp Fiction earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino and Avary), Best Actor (John Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), and Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman).After the film's success, Tarantino was everywhere, from talk shows to a cameo in the low-budget Sleep With Me. At the beginning of 1995, he directed a segment of the anthology film Four Rooms and acted in Robert Rodriguez's sequel to El Mariachi, Desperado, and the comedy Destiny Turns on the Radio, in which he had a starring role. Tarantino also kept busy with television, directing an episode of the NBC TV hit ER and appearing in Margaret Cho's sitcom All-American Girl.The latter half of the '90s saw Tarantino continue his multifaceted role as an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. In 1996, he served as the screenwriter and executive producer for the George Clooney schlock-fest From Dusk Till Dawn, and the following year renewed some of his earlier acclaim as the director and screenwriter of Jackie Brown. The film, in which Tarantino had a voice-over cameo, reunited him with Fiction star Samuel L. Jackson and won him the raves that had been missing for much of his post-Fiction career. Also in 1997, Tarantino appeared in Full Tilt Boogie, a documentary about the making of From Dusk Till Dawn. His film work the following year was essentially confined to a role in Julia Sweeney's God Said, Ha!, and in 1999, he was back behind the camera as the producer for From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Though Tarantino would lay relatively low in the early years of the new millennium, he did make a prominent guest-starring appearance in 2001 on a two-episode story arc of the spy show Alias. In late 2002/early 2003, hype would soon start to build around his fourth feature, Kill Bill (2003). Though originally envisioned to be a single release, Kill Bill was eventually seperated into two films entitled Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 when it became obvious that the story was simply too far reaching to be contained in a single film. A kinetic homage to revenge movies of the 1970s, Kill Bill, Vol. 1 features Uma Thurman as a former assassin known as "The Bride." Waking from a five-year coma after her former comrades turn her wedding day into a frenzied bloodbath, The Bride vows vengeance on both the assassins and her former boss, Bill (David Carradine). While the first film in the pair was an eye popping homage to Asian cinema and all things extreme, the outrageous violence of Kill Bill, Vol. 1 stood in stark contrast to the dialogue driven second-installment that concluded the epic tale of revenge and betrayal. In the wake of the Kill Bill films, rumors abounded concerning Tarantino's next feature, and eager fans were shocked to see his name mentioned as being a potential candidate to helm everything from the next Friday the 13th film to a remake of the James Bond classic Casino Royale.In 2005 Tarantino did step back into the director's chair to helm a segment of Robert Rodriguez's eagerly anticipated comic book adaptation Sin City. A longtime friend of Rodriguez, Tarantino agreed to take part in the filming of Sin City not only to repay the versitile filmmaker for providing soundtrack music for the Kill Bill films but also to try his hand at digital filmmaking - a process increasingly championed by the seemingly inexhaustable Rodriguez.
- Was sued by Don Murphy for ,000,000, accused of assault. Tarantino attacked Murphy in restaurant, slammed him against the wall and punched him. [14 November 1997]
- Together with Lawrence Bender founded record company called A Band Apart Records. It will focus on film soundtracks and its releases will be distributed through Maverick Records, owned by Madonna. [30 July 1997]
- Was planning to direct an episode of _"X Files, The" (1993)_ but refuseD to join the Director's Guild of America. The Guild refused his request for a waiver so that he could direct the show. [November 1996]
- Claims that Tarantino acted in the film Dawn of the Dead (1978) or the film King Lear (1987) are incorrect. Quentin falsely listed these credits years ago on his acting resume to compensate for his lack of experience and these incorrect credits have subsequently been attributed to him in such places as Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide and the Cinemania CD ROM.
- First noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit," which was written in 1985.
- Tarantino claims that James Best taught him how to act.
- Collects old board games having to do with TV shows ("I Dream of Jeannie" (1965), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979), Mr. T ("The A-Team" (1983), etc.).
- In all of his original screenplays the name of a police detective named Scagnetti is referred to at least once. Most of the times the particular scene was cut out of the final versions.
- Is widely reported to have helped to write Tony Scott's Crimson Tide (1995).
- As of the year 2001 he wanted to begin filming the film Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) with Uma Thurman. Production was delayed because of Thurman's pregnancy.
- Is a big "Three Stooges" fan.
- His father Tony Tarantino (actor and musician) is of Italian descent, and his mother, Connie McHugh, is half-Irish and half-Cherokee Indian.
- Although he uses both elements in his films, QT strongly detests violence and drugs.
- Is listed in the acknowledgments of actor Ethan Hawke's novel, "Ash Wednesday."
- Two of Tarantino's favorite films are _'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1966)_ (which he owns a 35mm copy of) and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), which he references in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
- Was the head judge at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where Pulp Fiction (1994) won the Palme D'or, the top honor, only ten years earlier.
- In just about all his movies, you'll spot "Red Apple" cigarettes.
- Considers Ride in the Whirlwind (1965) one of the finest Westerns ever made, even writing an extensive article about it in Sight And Sound Magazine, titled "A Rare Sorrow." The article is featured in the Pulp Fiction (1994) Special Edition DVD as an extra and also appears in Paul A. Woods' "Film Geek Files" (pgs. 129-132). Interestingly, the director of Ride in the Whirlwind, Monte Hellman, was the executive producer of Reservoir Dogs (1992).
- Has an IQ measured at 160, despite dropping out of high school.
- He is a good friend of Robert Rodriguez.
- He has called Uma Thurman his "muse."
- Named after the Burt Reynolds character Quint Asper from "Gunsmoke" (1955)
- Was at one point in his life considering to become a novelist. He said that he tried writing two chapters of a novel about his experiences working at the Video Archives in Hermosa Beach. As can be immediately seen, novelistic narrative techniques bear a strong influence on his distinct filmmaking style.
- Back in 1994 (post-Pulp Fiction (1994) ), while in an interview with Charlie Rose, he cited his three favorite films as: Blow Out (1981) (dir. Brian De Palma), Rio Bravo (1959) (dir. Howard Hawks) and Taxi Driver (1978) (dir. Martin Scorsese).
- In the last Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll (2002), he listed his Top Ten films as: Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966) (aka "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Leone), Rio Bravo (1959) (Hawks), Taxi Driver (1976) (Scorsese), His Girl Friday (1940) (Hawks), Rolling Thunder (1977) (Flynn), They All Laughed (1981) (Bogdanovich), The Great Escape (1963) (J. Sturges), Carrie (1976) (De Palma), Coffy (1973) (Hill), Dazed and Confused (1993) (Linklater), _Tian xia di yi quan (1973)_ (aka "Five Fingers of Death," Chang) and Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) (Stone).
- Considers two of his best friends to be Paul Thomas Anderson and Sofia Coppola.
- Dropped out of high school when he was 16.
- His mother was only 16 when she gave birth to him.
- Once a vocal proponent of celluloid-over-digital film-making, Tarantino got his first experience with the latter technology by directing a segment of the film Sin City (2005) with his friend 'Robert Rodriguez' (I) . Rodriguez, who lauds the technology at every opportunity, made it his mission to convert Tarantino as well. At the end of shooting, Tarantino is reported to have said simply, "Mission accomplished."
- In an appearence on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), he told him that his all time favorite James Bond Film is From Russia with Love (1963).
- Hates product placement, hence the use of the fictional cigarette brand Red Apple and defunct cereal Fruit Brute in his films.
- Dropped out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California at the age of sixteen to pursue film making.
- Has six of his movies mentioned in FHM's (DK) "100 Best Male Movies Ever" (7 October 2004 issue). True Romance (1993) at #75, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) at #73, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) at #26, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) at #25, Reservoir Dogs (1992) at #11, and Pulp Fiction (1994) at #1.
- Was offered the role of the President of the United States of America in Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka (2003) but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
- Known for giving comebacks to "forgotten" actors and/or cult actors by giving them important roles in his movies: John Travolta (Pulp Fiction (1994)), David Carradine(Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)), Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown (1997)), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown (1997)), Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003))... even in smaller/cameo roles: Sid Haig (Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)), Edward Bunker (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), and Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) , Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), which QT wrote and co-starred in).
- Frequently casts Michael Bowen.
- Has stated that he would like to direct a James Bond movie at some point in his career.
- Has named Rio Bravo (1959) as one of his favorite films.
- Named his production company, A Band Apart, after the Jean-Luc Godard film Bande à part (1964) (Band of Outsiders).
- Often references numerous attributes of the works of Jean-Luc Godard, particularly in Pulp Fiction (1994). The disjointed structure of Pulp Fiction (1994) may itself be an homage to Godard's use of jump cuts in À bout de souffle (1960) (Breathless), the film that launched the French New Wave of cinema.
- Is a huge fan of the "Half-Life" (1997) computer game series, and has considered possibilities of directing a movie adaptation.
- Ranked #81 on Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was unranked in 2003.
- Cites his influences as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Sergio Leone and Jean-Luc Godard.
- President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.
- Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" 
- Was the spokesman for SkyperfecTV, a Japanese based satellite TV network, a competitor to the now locally defunct DirecTV endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- He directed one scene for Robert Rodriguez' Sin City (2005) as guest director
- Eli Roth wanted to have the world premiere of Hostel (2005) at the 2005 Iceland Film Festival. During the festival, Roth and Quentin Tarantino were made honorary Vikings at Viking Village, in a ceremony arranged by Eythor Gudjonsson. Roth's Icelandic name is Eli Sheldonsson, and Tarantino's Icelandic name is Quentin Conniesson.
- His all-time favorite director is Howard Hawks.
- Every one of his movies has someone from the cast of Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets." Harvey Keitel is in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Robert De Niro is in Jackie Brown, David Carradine is in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and David Proval is in Four Rooms.
- Was originally offered the chance to direct Men in Black (1997), but turned it down.
- Was originally offered the chance to direct Speed (1994/I), but turned it down.
- Is Godfather to two of Michael Madsen's sons; Hudson and Calvin Michael - Michael and his wife DeAnna joked in OK! magazine about naming Quentin Godfather to their newest son Luke Ray as well.
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