104 Facts About Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, writer, producer, and actor.


Quentin Tarantino's films are characterized by stylized violence, extended dialogue including a pervasive use of profanity, and references to popular culture.


Quentin Tarantino's second film, Pulp Fiction, a dark comedy crime thriller, was a major success with critics and audiences winning numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


In 2003, Quentin Tarantino directed Kill Bill: Volume 1, inspired by the traditions of martial arts films; it was followed by Volume 2 in 2004.


Quentin Tarantino then made the exploitation-slasher Death Proof, part of a double feature with Robert Rodriguez released under the collective title Grindhouse.


Quentin Tarantino followed this with Django Unchained, a slave revenge Spaghetti Western, which won him his second Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, The Hateful Eight, is a revisionist Western thriller and opened to audiences with a roadshow release.


Quentin Tarantino's most recent film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a comedy drama set in the late 1960s about the transition of Old Hollywood to New Hollywood.


Quentin Tarantino's work has been subject to controversy, such as the depictions of violence, frequent inclusion of racial slurs and the alleged negligence of safety in his handling of stunt scenes on Kill Bill: Volume 2.


Quentin Tarantino was born on March 27,1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the only child of Connie McHugh and aspiring actor Tony Quentin Tarantino, who left the family before his son's birth.


Quentin Tarantino is of Irish ancestry through his mother, though he claims she is half-Cherokee; his father is of Italian descent.


Quentin Tarantino was named in part after Quint Asper, Burt Reynolds's character in the TV series Gunsmoke.


Quentin Tarantino's mother met his father during a trip to Los Angeles.


In 1966, Quentin Tarantino returned with his mother to Los Angeles.


Quentin Tarantino's mother married musician Curtis Zastoupil soon after arriving in Los Angeles, and the family moved to Torrance, a city in Los Angeles County's South Bay area.


Quentin Tarantino remained there less than a year before returning to California.


At 14 years old, Quentin Tarantino wrote one of his earliest works, a screenplay called Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit, based on the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit.


Quentin Tarantino later revealed that his mother had ridiculed his writing skills when he was younger; as a result, he vowed that he would never share his wealth with her.


Quentin Tarantino spent time as a recruiter in the aerospace industry, and for five years he worked at Video Archives, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California.


Quentin Tarantino would go on to produce and direct the short film.


Later, Quentin Tarantino attended acting classes at the James Best Theatre Company, where he met several of his eventual collaborators for his next film.


In 1987, Quentin Tarantino co-wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday.


Bender encouraged Quentin Tarantino to write the screenplay, which he wrote in three-and-a-half weeks and presented to Bender unformatted.


The second script that Quentin Tarantino sold was for the film Natural Born Killers, which was revised by Dave Veloz, Richard Rutowski and director Oliver Stone.


Quentin Tarantino was given story credit and stated in an interview that he wished the film well, but later disowned the final film.


Quentin Tarantino wrote, directed, and acted in the dark comedy crime film Pulp Fiction in 1994, maintaining the stylized violence from his earlier film and non-linear storylines.


Quentin Tarantino received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, which he shared with Roger Avary, who contributed to the story.


Quentin Tarantino received a nomination in the Best Director category.


Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d'Or for the film at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.


In 1995, Quentin Tarantino participated in the anthology film Four Rooms, a collaboration that included directors Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell.


Quentin Tarantino directed and acted in the fourth segment of "The Man from Hollywood", a tribute to the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Man from the South".


Quentin Tarantino joined Rodriguez again later in the year with a supporting role in Desperado.


One of Quentin Tarantino's first paid writing assignments was for From Dusk till Dawn, which Rodriguez directed later in 1996, re-teaming with Quentin Tarantino in another acting role, alongside Harvey Keitel, George Clooney and Juliette Lewis.


In 1998, Quentin Tarantino made his major Broadway stage debut as an amoral psycho killer in a revival of the 1966 play Wait Until Dark, which received unfavorable reviews for his performance from critics.


Quentin Tarantino went on to write and direct Kill Bill, a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Chinese martial arts films, Japanese period dramas, Spaghetti Westerns, and Italian horror.


Quentin Tarantino says he still considers it a single film in his overall filmography.


From 2002 to 2004, Quentin Tarantino portrayed villain McKenas Cole in the ABC television series Alias.


In 2004, Quentin Tarantino attended the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where he served as President of the Jury.


Quentin Tarantino then contributed to Robert Rodriguez's 2005 neo-noir film Sin City, and was credited as "Special Guest Director" for his work directing the car sequence featuring Clive Owen and Benicio del Toro.


In May 2005, Quentin Tarantino co-wrote and directed "Grave Danger", the fifth season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


In 2007, Quentin Tarantino directed the exploitation slasher film Death Proof.


Quentin Tarantino had planned to start work on the film after Jackie Brown but postponed this to make Kill Bill after a meeting with Uma Thurman.


Quentin Tarantino received his second Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


In November 2013, Quentin Tarantino said he was working on a new film and that it would be another Western, though not a sequel to Django Unchained.


Aggrieved by the breach of confidence, Quentin Tarantino considered abandoning the production which was due to start the next winter and publish it as a novel instead.


Quentin Tarantino stated that he had given the script to a few trusted colleagues, including Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.


Quentin Tarantino explained that they would read the first draft of the script, and added that he was writing two new drafts with a different ending.


In November 2022, Quentin Tarantino revealed plans to shoot an eight-episode television series in 2023.


Quentin Tarantino has used his Hollywood power to give smaller and foreign films more attention.


In 1995, Quentin Tarantino formed Rolling Thunder Pictures with Miramax to release or re-release several independent and foreign features.


Quentin Tarantino presented 2006's The Protector, and is a producer of the 2007 film Hostel: Part II.


In February 2010, Quentin Tarantino bought the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.


Quentin Tarantino allowed the previous owners to continue operating the theater, but stated he would make occasional programming suggestions.


In 2021, Quentin Tarantino announced that he had purchased the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, stating that he intends to keep it a first-run theatre, and that like The New Beverly it will only show movies on film.


In June 2020 Quentin Tarantino became an officially recognized critic on the review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes.


Quentin Tarantino is among a few notable directors, including Martin Scorsese and Edgar Wright, who appreciate Elaine May's 1987 film Ishtar, despite its reputation as being a notorious box-office flop and one of the worst films ever made.


In 2020, Quentin Tarantino named David Fincher's film The Social Network his favorite movie of the 2010s.


Quentin Tarantino published his first novel in June 2021, a novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.


In June 2021, Quentin Tarantino announced plans to start a podcast with Roger Avary.


In November 2014, Quentin Tarantino said he would retire from films after directing his tenth film.


In 2009, Quentin Tarantino said that he plans to retire from filmmaking when he is 60, in order to focus on writing novels and film literature.


In March 2023, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Quentin Tarantino had completed a script titled The Movie Critic set in the 1970s and was rumored to be based on the career of film critic Pauline Kael, although Quentin Tarantino later debunked this.


Quentin Tarantino is an admirer of the 1981 film Blow Out, directed by Brian De Palma, which led to his casting of John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.


Similarly, Quentin Tarantino was captivated with Jim McBride's 1983 remake of Breathless and with Richard Gere's unlikable but charismatic protagonist.


Quentin Tarantino has labeled Rio Bravo as one of his influences.


Quentin Tarantino listed the Australian suspense film Roadgames as another favorite film.


The number of expletives and deaths in Quentin Tarantino's films were measured by analytics website FiveThirtyEight.


Quentin Tarantino has occasionally used a non-linear story structure in his films, most notably with Pulp Fiction.


Quentin Tarantino has used the style in Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and The Hateful Eight.


Quentin Tarantino creates his own products and brands that he uses in his films to varying degrees.


Quentin Tarantino is known for his choice of music in his films, including soundtracks that often use songs from the 1960s and 70s.


Quentin Tarantino has stated in many interviews that his writing process is like writing a novel before formatting it into a script, saying that this creates the blueprint of the film and makes the film feel like literature.


Quentin Tarantino has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.


Quentin Tarantino has said he does not believe that violence in film inspires real acts of violence.


Quentin Tarantino said on The Howard Stern Show that Lee would have to "stand on a chair to kiss [his] ass".


Uma Thurman was in a serious car crash on the set of Kill Bill because Quentin Tarantino had insisted she perform her own driving stunts.


Quentin Tarantino said he did not force her to do the stunt.


In October 2015, Quentin Tarantino attended a rally held in New York protesting police brutality.


Quentin Tarantino's movies are extremely violent, but he doesn't understand violence.


Quentin Tarantino said his then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino told him in the mid-1990s about her experience with Weinstein.


Quentin Tarantino confronted Weinstein at the time and received an apology.


Quentin Tarantino said he confronted Weinstein, as he had previously when Weinstein made advances on his former partner, demanding he apologize.


Quentin Tarantino banned him from contact with Thurman for the rest of the production.


Quentin Tarantino refused to recut the movie for the Chinese release.


Quentin Tarantino has a history of clashing with people in the entertainment industry and being difficult with journalists.


In 1993, Quentin Tarantino sold his script for Natural Born Killers which was rewritten, giving him only a story credit.


In 1994, Quentin Tarantino had an on-set feud with Denzel Washington during the filming of Crimson Tide over what was called "Quentin Tarantino's racist dialogue added to the script".


In 1997, during the Oscars, Quentin Tarantino was accompanying Mira Sorvino who had stopped to speak to MTV News host at the time Chris Connelly when he called her from the media scrum.


The article that angered Quentin Tarantino included a 1995 interview from a biography by Jami Bernard with his biological father Tony Quentin Tarantino, someone he had never met, which he considered "pretty tasteless".


In 2009, Quentin Tarantino was set to appear on the talk show Late Show with David Letterman to promote Inglourious Basterds.


Quentin Tarantino was not forthcoming, but at his publicist's urging, he begrudgingly conceded.


In 2013, during an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Channel 4 News while promoting Django Unchained in the UK, Quentin Tarantino reacted angrily when he was questioned about whether there was a link between movie violence and real-life violence.


Quentin Tarantino informed Guru-Murthy that he was "shutting [his] butt down".


Quentin Tarantino snapped back, "Well, I just reject your hypothesis", giving no further comment.


Quentin Tarantino was her date at the 68th Oscars ceremony where she had won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


On June 30,2017, Quentin Tarantino became engaged to Israeli singer Daniella Pick, daughter of musician Zvika Pick.


Quentin Tarantino said this was an act of rebellion against his Catholic mother as she had encouraged what might usually be considered more conventional forms of rebellion, such as his interests in comic books and horror films.


Quentin Tarantino has stated that he plans to make a total of just ten films before retiring as a director, as a means of ensuring an overall high quality within his filmography.


Quentin Tarantino has built up an informal "repertory company" of actors who have appeared in many roles in his films.


Quentin Tarantino has won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay twice, for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.


Quentin Tarantino has four times been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, winning once for Pulp Fiction in 1994.


In 2005, Quentin Tarantino was awarded the honorary Icon of the Decade at the 10th Empire Awards.


Quentin Tarantino has earned lifetime achievement awards from two organizations in 2007, from Cinemanila, and from the Rome Film Festival in 2012.


In 2011, Quentin Tarantino was awarded the Honorary Cesar by the Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema.