57 years old (Born on March 27, 1963)
American film director, actor, screenwriter; He is famous from Pulp Fiction.Frequently casts Michael Bowen. He is a good friend of Robert Rodriguez. 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." Tarantino claims that James Best taught him how to act. 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.
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Ranked #81 on Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was unranked in 2003.
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).
Was ex-girlfriends Mira Sorvino`s date the night she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
First noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit," which was written in 1985.
Wrote the forward for the hardcover book "Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi".
Was sued by Don Murphy for $5,000,000, accused of assault. Tarantino attacked Murphy in restaurant, slammed him against the wall and punched him. [14 November 1997]
President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.
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.
Named his favorite films of 2005 as Sin City (2005), Domino (2005), Hustle & Flow (2005) and The Devil's Rejects (2005).
Every one of his movies has someone from the cast of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973). Harvey Keitel is in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994), Robert De Niro is in Jackie Brown (1997), David Carradine is in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and David Proval is in Four Rooms (1995) (with the exception of Death Proof (2007)).
Has named Rio Bravo (1959) as one of his favorite films.
Hates product placement; hence, the use of the fictional cigarette brand Red Apple and defunct cereal Fruit Brute in his films.
He has called Uma Thurman his "muse."
During his stay in the Philippines, Tarantino got trapped in traffic due to flooding as he was traveling to Malacanang Palace to meet President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and receive a lifetime achievement award. Refusing to give up, he and his partner Tikoy Aguiluz got off their limousine and took a pedicab each to reach the palace. After arriving, Tarantino stated "It was a lot of fun. It just took a long time but it was not bad at all".
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.
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.
Is widely reported to have helped to write Tony Scott's Crimson Tide (1995).
Was the spokesman for SkyperfecTV, a Japanese based satellite TV network, a competitor to the now locally defunct DirecTV endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Head of Master Class at 2008 Cannes Film Festival. (wikipedia.com)
Cites his influences as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Sergio Leone, and Jean-Luc Godard.
Named after the Burt Reynolds character Quint Asper from "Gunsmoke" (1955)
Considers two of his best friends to be Paul Thomas Anderson and Sofia Coppola.
Frequently sets his films in Los Angeles.
His father Anthony "Tony" Tarantino (actor and musician) is of Italian descent, and his mother, Connie McHugh, is half-Irish and half-Cherokee Indian.
Dropped out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, at the age of sixteen to pursue film making.
Was planning to direct an episode of "The X Files" (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]
Is a huge fan of the "Half-Life" (1997) computer game series, and has considered possibilities of directing a movie adaptation.
He directed one scene for Robert Rodriguez' Sin City (2005) as guest director
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.
When he was a kid, one of his favorite movies was Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He has credited this film with helping him learn genre distinctions.
Named his production company, A Band Apart, after the Jean-Luc Godard film Bande u00e0 part (1964) (Band of Outsiders).
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).
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).
Is spoofed by a character named "Quentin Tarentino" in the short film Let's Get Real! (1999), which contains several satirical references to Pulp Fiction (1994).
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.
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]
His all-time favorite director is Howard Hawks.
Has stated that he would like to direct a James Bond movie at some point in his career.
His mother, born in Tennessee, 3 September 1946, is the adopted daughter of Ellis Shaffer and wife Elizabeth "Betty". His parents divorced and his mother later married Curtis "Curt" Zastoupil.
Attended the 2007 Cinemanila Film Festival. (wikipedia.com)
His mother was only 16 when she gave birth to him.
Has two sisters and one brother: Tanya Marie Tarantino (b. Pasadena, California, 4 Oct 1964), Ronnajean Tarantino (b. Arizona, Phoenix, 22 June 1969) and Edward James Tarantino (b. Simi Valley, California, Simi Valley, 3 Oct 1974).
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was raised in Los Angeles.
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).
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 u00c0 bout de souffle (1960) (Breathless), the film that launched the French New Wave of cinema.
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.
Is a big fan of The Three Stooges.
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.).
Is of Italian, Irish, and Native American Descent.
Was originally offered the chance to direct Speed (1994/I), but turned it down.
Estranged from father. (wikipedia.com)
In just about all his movies, you'll spot "Red Apple" cigarettes.
Close friends with Jennifer Beals.
Has an IQ measured at 160, despite dropping out of high school.
Has named My Bloody Valentine (1981) his all time favorite slasher film.
Was offered a chance to direct Westworld (2009), but turned it down.
Although he uses both elements in his films, QT strongly detests violence and drugs.
His films usually have a shot from inside a car trunk.
Frequently works with Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson.
His father was born in Queens, New York, and has a sister named Diane. Their parents are Dominic Tarantino and wife Elizabeth.
Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" 
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).
Was originally offered the chance to direct Men in Black (1997), but turned it down.
Dropped out of high school when he was 16.
His mother, born in Tennessee, 3 September 1946, is the adopted daughter of Ellis Shaffer and wife Elizabeth "Betty".
Is listed in the acknowledgments of actor Ethan Hawke's novel, "Ash Wednesday."
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.
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).
His parents divorced and his mother later married Curtis "Curt" Zastoupil.
Has stated that he would like to make and star in a film telling the story of John Brown, the abolitionist.
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.