|NAME: Quentin Tarantino
|BORN: 27 March 1963 - Present
|PLACE: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Quentin Jerome Tarantino (March 27th 1963 - Present)
Quentin Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He has received many industry awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or and has been nominated for an Emmy and Grammy. Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation." Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tarantino grew up an avid film fan. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday. Its screenplay would form the basis for True Romance.
In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with films employing nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter and the aestheticization of violence that often results in the exhibition of neo-noir characteristics. His movies are generally characterized by stylistic influences from grindhouse, French New Wave, kung fu, and spaghetti western films. Tarantino also frequently collaborates with his friend and fellow filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Tarantino has been dubbed a "director DJ", comparing his stylistic use of mix-and-match genre and music infusion to the use of sampling a DJ exhibits, morphing a variety of old works to create a new one.
Collects old board games having to do with TV shows like "I Dream of Jeannie", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "The A-Team"
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 a big fan of The Three Stooges
His father, actor/musician Tony Tarantino is of Italian descent, and his mother, Connie McHugh, is half-Irish and half-Cherokee
Two of Tarantino's favorite films are 'Manos' the Hands of Fate and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Has an IQ of 160 despite dropping out of high school
He is a good friend of Robert Rodriguez
Named after the Burt Reynolds character Quint Asper from "Gunsmoke"
Considers two of his best friends to be Paul Thomas Anderson and Sofia Coppola
His mother was only 16 when she gave birth to him
Hates product placement hence, the use of the fictional cigarette Red Apple and now-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
Is a huge fan of the Half-Life computer game series, and has considered possibilities of directing a movie adaptation
His all-time favorite director is Howard Hawks
Has two sisters and one brother: Tanya Marie Tarantino, Ronnajean Tarantino and Edward James Tarantino
His father was born in Queens, New York, and has a sister named Diane. Their parents are Dominic Tarantino and wife Elizabeth
His mother was born in Tennessee on September 3, 1946. She is the adopted daughter of Ellis and Elizabeth (Betty) Shaffer
After his parents divorced, his mother married Curtis Zastoupil
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was raised in Los Angeles
Close friends with Jennifer Beals
Thanked by Nirvana in the liner notes of their album "In Utero"
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
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 Manhattan Beach. As can be immediately seen, novelistic narrative techniques bear a strong influence on his distinct filmmaking style
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.