Quentin Tarantino
Occupation(s) Director, writer, cameo
Date of Birth March 27, 1963
Origin Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Quentin Jerome Tarantino is the creator, director and writer of Kill Bill.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Quentin Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Connie McHugh Tarantino Zastoupil and Tony Tarantino. Growing up with his mother, they moved to Torrance, California in 1965, where he showed an early interest in drama. Tarantino dropped out of high school at the age of 15, instead attending full-time acting lessons at the James Best Theatre Company. At the age of 22, Tarantino worked at a video rental store Video Archives, where his fascination with films and cinema grew stronger.

A scene from My Best Friend's Birthday.

In 1987, Tarantino co-wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, which took four years to shoot, and starred himself and Craig Hamann, his co-writer. The film's budget was merely $5,000, and ran for 70 minutes. Due to a fire, 34 minutes of the original cut were destroyed. Though it was poorly directed, Tarantino refers to the movie as his "film school." His next project, Resevoir Dogs, was written in three-and-a-half weeks, and was finally screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1992. Immediately a success, 1993 saw the release of Tarantino's screenplay True Romance, with Tony Scott as the director. Tarantino wrote the first draft of Natural Born Killers, which after a few revisions, was released in 1994. Tarantino received credit for the story.

Tarantino's acceptance speech at the 1994 Academy Awards.

Turning down offers from Hollywood, Tarantino instead wrote the screenplay for Pulp Fiction, which was released in late 1994 and got Tarantino his first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with his co-writer, Roger Avary. He followed the win with a script titled From Dusk till Dawn, which was directed by his friend Robert Rodriguez. After the completion and release of 1997's Jackie Brown, Tarantino started working with Uma Thurman, who starred in Pulp Fiction, on the script for Kill Bill. In 2005, Tarantino was credited as a "Special Guest Director" for Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City. In the movie, he directed a car sequence starring Clive Owen and Benicio del Toro. His fifth project was a double-feature collaboration with Rodriguez, titled Grindhouse, which served as an homage to 1970's slasher films. The film was divided into two works, first was Rodriguez's Planet Terror, followed by Tarantino's Death Proof. Part of the project was the production of fake movie trailers, which were later developed into full-length movies.

Tarantino alongside Christoph Waltz, at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Tarantino's sixth movie, Inglourious Basterds, was in the works since the production of Pulp Fiction in 1994. Starring Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz, the film was an immediate hit, becoming Tarantino's highest grossing film. Christoph Waltz, who played Colonel Hans Landa (also known as"The Jew Hunter"), went on to win numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Tarantino commented, "I think that Landa is one of the best characters I've ever written and ever will write, and Christoph played it to a tee… It's true that if I couldn't have found someone as good as Christoph I might not have made Inglourious Basterds."

Tarantino confirmed in 2009 that volumes 3 and 4 of Kill Bill will be released in 2014, yet before he begins writing, he will write and release "a southern," some sort of a spaghetti western set in America's Deep South. He plans for focus on the issue of slavery, as America always never features it in movies, "because it's ashamed of it." Django unchained was released in 2012, and the same year, Tarentino commented on the future of Kill Bill saying that Volume 3 is "unlikely to happen".

Kill Bill[edit | edit source]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role(s) Notes
1987 My Best Friend's Birthday Co-Writer, director, producer Portrayed Clarence Pool
1992 Reservoir Dogs Writer, director Portrayed Mr. Brown
1994 Pulp Fiction Co-Writer, director Portrayed Jimmie Dimmick
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Writer Portrayed Richard Gecko
1997 Jackie Brown Writer, director Cameo: Answering Machine voice
2003/2004 Kill Bill, Volume 1 and Volume 2 Writer, director Cameo: Crazy 88 Member
2007 Grindhouse: Death Proof Writer, director, producer Portrayed Warren the bartender
Cameo: Lewis/Rapist #1 ("Planet Terror")
2009 Inglourious Basterds Writer, director Cameo: First scalped victim, American GI in "Nation's Pride"
2012 Django Unchained Writer, director
2015 The Hateful Eight Writer, director Sometimes written: The H8ful 8, The H8ful Eight, The Hateful 8
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Writer, director, producer

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