Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Quentin Tarantino is a 6' 1" (1.85 m) American director, screenwriter, producer and actor that was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. His birth name is Quentin Jerome Tarantino, and his nicknames are QT and Q. Tarantino. He was a devoted film fan growing up and later worked at a video rental store named Video Archives while attending acting classes. He started his filming career in the late 1980s when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday (1987). My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) screenplay formed the basis for True Romance (1993).
He showed Reservoir Dogs (1992) at the Sundance Film Festival as an independent filmmaker in the early 1990s and became a legend immediately leading Reservoir Dog to be a classic and cult hit. Empire called Reservoir Dogs (1992) the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time" leading Quentin Tarantino to become famous. He did not take long to release Pulp Fiction (1994) which was a black comedy crime movie that was a success amongst everyone.
Tarantino received two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d'Or award amongst others. Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2005. Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2015 for his contributions to the film industry. A few of his financially successful films are Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Django Unchained (2012). Tarantino has been using his fame and Hollywood power for the better by helping smaller foreign films receive more attention than what they might have received.
His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, utilization of ensemble casts, references to pop culture, their soundtracks, and features of neo-noir film.
Below are a few films that he has labeled as "Presented by Quentin Tarantino" or "Quentin Tarantino Presents."
- Iron Monkey (2001) - Grossed over $14 million in the United States which is seven times its budget.
- Hero (2002) - Grossing over $53.5 million and was No. 1 on opening weekend at the box office.
- Hostel (2005) - Grossed over $20.1 million opening weekend and opened at No. 1 at the box office.
- The Protector (2005) - Grossed over $5 million in its opening weekend
- Hostel: Part II (2007) - Tarantino was the producer - grossed over $35 million
Tarantino's father, Tony Tarantino was an entertainer and actor and is of Italian descent. His mother, Connie has an English and Irish ancestry. His parents named him after Burt Reynolds' character, Quint Asper in the CBS series Gunsmoke. His parents married shortly after his mother met his father in Los Angeles so that she could gain independence from her parents. Thier marriage was short lived as Connie Tarantino moved to Knoxville, where her parents lived to finish her nursing studies. She moved back to Los Angeles in 1966 when Tarantino was three-years-old and lived in the southern part of the city. Connie soon after married musician Curtis Zastoupil, who encouraged Tarantino for his love of movies and would go with him to several film screenings. Connie sent Tarantino to live with his grandparents in Tennessee after she received a misdiagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma and divorced Zastoupil in 1973. Tarantino returned to California within a year and was accompanied to several movies by his new stepfather.
Tarantino wrote a script called Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit which was based on Hal Needham's film Smokey and the Bandit (1977) when he was 14 years old. He dropped out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Los Angeles when he was either 15 or 16 years old. He lied about his age and stated that he was older than he was so that he can work as an usher at a p**n theater called the Pussycat Theatre in Torrance; he was employed. He later paid for acting classes at the James Best Theatre Company. He met a lot of people at James Best Theatre Company, and those individuals later appear in his films. He met Craig Hamann while taking acting classes and decided to collaborate with Craig to produce My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) which was not one of his best films.
Tarantino is somewhat confused because he believes in reincarnation but describes himself as being non-religious and says that he does not believe in God although he sometimes mentions a belief in divine inspiration. He has also said, "I'm not saying that I'll never get married or have a kid before I'm 60. But I've made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time to make movies." It was reported in 2015 that he was dating costume designer Courtney Hoffman.
A few others that he had previously dated are director Sofia Coppola, Sorvino, Kathy Griffin, comedian Margaret Cho, and writer Lianne MacDougall. He plans on writing novels and film literature after the age of 60 which is when he plans on retiring. He has also said that "If it actually gets to the place where you can't show 35 mm film in theaters anymore, and everything is digital projection, I won't even make it to 60." He has many plans regarding his movie career and a few are: "If I get to the 10th, do a good job and don't screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career."
Tarantino bought the New Beverly Cinema on February 18, 2010, and has allowed the previous owners to continue operating the theater on the condition that he can make programming suggestions now and then. He said, "As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing films shot on 35mm."
- 1992 - He won the Best director and the Best screenplay award for Reservoir Dogs (1992) at the
- Sitges Film Festival
- 1994 - He won a Palme d'Or award for Pulp Fiction (1994) at the Cannes Film Festival
- 1994 - He won the Best director and the Best screenplay award for Pulp Fiction (1994) at the Film Independent Spirit Awards
- 1994 - He won the Best screenplay award for Pulp Fiction (1994) at the Golden Globe Awards
- 1994 - He won the Best Original Screenplay award for Pulp Fiction (1994) at the BAFTA Awards
- 1994 - 1994 - He won the Best Original Screenplay award for Pulp Fiction (1994) at the Academy Awards
- 1996 - He won the Time Machine Award for Reservoir Dogs (1992) at the
- Sitges Film Festival
- 2012 - He won the Best Original Screenplay award for Django Unchained (2012) at the BAFTA Awards
- 2012 - He won the Best screenplay award for Django Unchained (2012) at the Golden Globe Awards
- 2012 - He won the Best Original Screenplay award for Django Unchained (2012) at the Academy Awards
- 2013 - He won an award for Best Writing for Django Unchained (2012) at the Saturn Awards
Quentin Tarantino Biographies:
Title: Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool. November 1995, Applause Theatre Book Pub,
Author: Jeff Dawson.
Title: Quentin Tarantino: Shooting From the Hip. 1996.
Author: Wensley Clarkson
Title: Raised by Wolves: The Turbulent Art and Times of Quentin Tarantino
Author: Jerome Charyn
New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006
Author: Jim Smith
London: Virgin Books Ltd, 2005
Title: Quentin Tarantino: The Man, The Myths and His Movies
Author: Wensley Clarkson
London: John Blake, 2007
Title: Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies
Author: Jami Bernard
New York: Harper Perennial / HarperCollins, 1995
Title: Quentin Tarantino: Interviews
Author: Gerald Peary
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.
Title: King Pulp: The Wild World of Quentin Tarantino
Author: Paul A. Woods
London: Plexus Publishing Limited, 1996.