Quentin Tarantino

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
The career of Quentin Tarantino instantly became the stuff of Hollywood legend, thanks to winning an Oscar, Golden Globe and numerous critics' awards for Best Original Screenplay for the groundbreaking and much-imitated ... Read more »
Born: 03/26/1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (72)

She's Funny That Way 2015 (Movie)

(Cameo)

The Director's Chair 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Awards '12 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Don't Surf! 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sukiyaki Western Django 2008 (Movie)

Ringo (Actor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Rapist/Warren (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Dare 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alias 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Deacon (Actor)

Sundance20 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Chris Jones: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Full-Tilt Boogie 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Richard Gecko (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Director No 1 (Actor)

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Bartender--Club X (Actor)

All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

Pick-up Guy (Actor)

Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 (Movie)

Johnny Destiny (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

MTV News Raw 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 MTV Movie Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Jimmie (Actor)

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

The Coriolis Effect 1994 (Movie)

of Panhandle Slim (Voice)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Mr Brown (Actor)

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (19)

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Death Proof") (Screenplay)

Kill Buljo: The Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

Based on the Character The Bride (Characters as Source Material)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

(from character: "The Bride") (Source Material)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("The Man From Hollywood") (Screenplay)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Stories By (Story By)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (15)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hostel: Part II 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Freedom's Fury 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hostel 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daltry Calhoun 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

God Said, Ha! 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Curdled 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killing Zoe 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Past Midnight (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Director (14)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Proof 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Death Proof") (Director)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Special Guest Director (Director)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("The Man From Hollywood") (Director)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Sound (1)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

background radio dialogue (ADR/Dialogue Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("Death Proof") (Director of Photography)
Other (5)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Quentin Tarantino presents (Other)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

Quentin Tarantino presents (Other)

The Iron Monkey 2001 (Movie)

Quentin Tarantino presents (Other)

Mighty Peking Man 1999 (Movie)

Quentin Tarantino presents (Other)

Detroit 9000 1973 (Movie)

Quentin Tarantino presents (Other)

Biography

The career of Quentin Tarantino instantly became the stuff of Hollywood legend, thanks to winning an Oscar, Golden Globe and numerous critics' awards for Best Original Screenplay for the groundbreaking and much-imitated "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Having famously learned his art while working as a video store clerk after dropping out of high school, Tarantino burst onto the scene first as a writer, penning the original drafts of Tony Scott's "True Romance" (1993) and Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Prior to that, he was a cause célèbre at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival with his breakout heist-gone-wrong thriller "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). But it was "Pulp Fiction" that caught the attention of Hollywood, with the entertainment press selecting him - for better or worse - as the symbol of a new generation of hot, young directors. Tarantino followed up with the critically hailed "Jackie Brown" (1997), an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Rum Punch, only to stumble as an actor in a stage revival of "Wait Until Dark" (1998). Tarantino returned to the director's chair for the epic martial arts flicks "Kill Bill vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill vol. 2" (2004), which were originally intended to be one film. After helming the "Death Proof" featurette in "Grind House" (2007), his gory collaboration with friend Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino returned to his Oscar-caliber ways with "Inglorious Basterds" (2009) and "Django Unchained" (2012). Regardless of what his harshest critics might have said, Tarantino remained a true auteur able to make his own films in an otherwise restrictive Hollywood system.

Relationships

Allison Anders Director

Companion
Collaborated in "Four Rooms" (1995) No longer together

Margaret Cho Actor

Companion
Tarantino guest starred on Cho's sitcom "All American Girl" (ABC) in 1995 No longer together

Sofia Coppola Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated c. 2004 No longer together

Mira Sorvino Actor

Companion
Together from 1996-98

Tony Tarantino Actor

Father
Born July 4, 1940

Connie Zastoupil

Mother
Worked for a home medical organization

Curt Zastoupil

Step-Father

EDUCATION

Dropped out of high school after the ninth grade

Milestones

2012

Helmed and wrote screenplay for "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; also appeared in film

2009

Wrote and directed "Inglourious Basterds," about a group of U.S. soldiers in Nazi occupied France during WWII; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay and a Directors Guild nomination for Outstanding Directorial Ach

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("Inglourious Basterds")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture ("Inglourious Basterds")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Inglourious Basterds")

2007

Helmed "Death Proof," the slasher-themed half of goretastic double feature "Grind House," a collaboration with Robert Rodriguez

2005

Produced Eli Roth's horror feature "Hostel"

2005

Directed fifth season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS); earned Emmy nomination

2004

Brought Chinese martial arts film "Hero" to U.S.

2003

Wrote "Kill Bill" script for Uma Thurman; was scheduled to direct in 2001 but was postponed after Thurman became pregnant; film released in two volumes "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" (2004)

2002

Played recurring guest role on ABC's action drama series "Alias"

2001

Produced U.S. release of Hong Kong martial arts film "Iron Monkey"

2000

Featured in "Little Nicky," starring Adam Sandler

1998

Starred on stage opposite Marisa Tomei in a revival of "Wait Until Dark"

1997

With Bender, launched A Band Apart Records to market and distribute recordings made on Madonna's Maverick label

1997

Wrote and directed "Jackie Brown," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch; tailored lead role for Pam Grier

1996

Appeared in and wrote the script for Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn"

1995

Formed Rolling Thunder (with Bender), a specialty distribution label under Miramax Pictures, designed to acquire, distribute, and market their films

1995

Made TV directing debut with "Motherhood," an episode of hit NBC medical drama "ER"

1995

With Bender, launched A Band Apart Commercials, a commercial production house under the Miramax banner

1995

First collaboration with writer-director Rodriguez, played a small role in "Desperado"

1995

Played first feature lead, Johnny Destiny in "Destiny Turns on the Radio"

1994

Directed, co-wrote, and acted in breakthrough feature "Pulp Fiction"; co-starred John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis

1994

Received strong notices for his performance in "Sleep With Me"

1994

Received story credit for Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"

1994

First film as producer only, "Killing Zoe"; Roger Avary's debut as a writer-director

1993

First film as screenwriter only, "True Romance"; directed by Tony Scott and co-starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette

1992

Met future collaborator, writer-director Robert Rodriguez, at Toronto Film Festival

1992

Premiered directorial debut "Reservoir Dogs" at Sundance Film festival; also co-wrote (with Avary) and co-starred as Mr. Brown

1991

Formed A Band Apart Productions with producer Lawrence Bender

1990

Commissioned to write a screenplay based on six-page story by Robert Kurtzman (co-founder of the special effects makeup company KNB Effects); eventually became "From Dusk Till Dawn"

1990

Made acting debut as an Elvis impersonator on an episode of NBC's "The Golden Girls"

1985

Spent five years working at Video Archives, a well-stocked video store in Manhattan Beach, CA; co-worker was future writing collaborator Roger Avary

Hired with Avary as production assistants for a Dolph Lundgren video after impressing producer John Langley, a regular customer at Video Archives, with their film knowledge

Began making (unfinished) first film "My Best Friend's Birthday" from a screenplay co-written with Craig Hamann; they both co-starred

Met future producer Lawrence Bender while working at Cinetel Productions

Bonus Trivia

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"A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture, 'Pulp Fiction' is the 'American Graffitti' of violent crime pictures. Tarantino positions himself as the Preston Sturges of crimeland, putting the most incongruous words and thoughts into the mouths of lowdown, amoral characters." – Todd McCarthy's review of "Pulp Fiction," Daily Variety, May 23, 1994

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Tarantino's nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by the Directors Guild of America for "Pulp Fiction" (1994) made him the first American-born non-DGA member to be so honored. However, by the time of the release for "Django Unchained" in December 2012, Taratino had joined the DGA.

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"I don't know. It's just this cool connection that happened while we were doing 'Pulp Fiction.' I mean, von Sternberg had Marlene Dietrich, Hitchcock had Ingrid Bergman, Andre Techine had Catherine Deneuve. It's a special bond that I'm proud to have, and hopefully, one day, people will reference me and Uma like they do the others. But the thing about it is, it just kind of is, and there are certain things I don't really want to understand subtextually. I just want it to be and do." – Tarantino on Uma Thurman being called his muse to Rolling Stone magazine, April 2004

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"My whole life is dedicated to the further study of cinema, and the day I die is the day I graduate. So it's just like I'm constantly working for my master's thesis in my brain, and it's a lifetime job." – Tarantino to GQ magazine, April 2007

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