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Quentin Tarantino
Personal Info - Awards - Film Credits - Biography

Personal Info
Born: 27 March 1963, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Birth Name: Quentin Jerome Tarantino

• n/a

• A Band Apart

• William Morris Agency
• Boom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal and LaViolette (legal)

Academy Awards, USA
• Won, Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Pulp Fiction (1994)
Shared With: Roger Avary
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Director for Pulp Fiction (1994)

Emmy Awards
• Nominated, Emmy
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
• For episode "Grave Danger".

Another 43 wins & 34 nominations

Film Credits
Daltry Calhoun - Executive Producer 2005
Hostel - Presenter, Executive Producer 2005
Sin City - Director (special guest director) 2005
Left for Dead - Thanks 2004
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II - Thanks 2003
Grand Theft Parsons - Special Thanks 2003
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - Writer (character The Bride) (as Q) (written by), Executive Soundtrack Producer, Director 2003
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Special Thanks 2003
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure - Presenter 2003
Hero - Presenter 2002
Iron Monkey - Producer (2001 release) 2001
Chelsea Walls - Special Thanks 2001
The Cat's Meow - Special Thanks 2001
Little Nicky - Deacon 2000
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (video) - Executive Producer 2000
Dogma - Special Thanks 1999
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (video) - Executive Producer 1999
I Stand Alone - Special Thanks 1998
Jackie Brown - Answering Machine Voice (voice) (uncredited), Writer (written by), Conceiver ("Chicks Who Love Guns"), Executive Album Producer (uncredited), Director 1997
Curdled - Writer (Gecko Brothers news report), Executive Producer 1996
Girl 6 - Q.T. 1996
From Dusk Till Dawn - Richard Gecko, Writer (screenplay), Executive Producer 1996
Dance Me to the End of Love (short) - Groom, Writer
Four Rooms - Chester Rush (segment "The Man from Hollywood"), Writer (written by) (segment "The Man From Hollywood"), Executive Producer, Director (segment "The Man from Hollywood") 1995
Desperado - Pick-Up Guy 1995
Destiny Turns on the Radio - Johnny Destiny 1995
Somebody to Love - Bartender 1994
Sleep with Me - Sid 1994
Natural Born Killers - Writer (story) 1994
Killing Zoe - Executive Producer 1994
Pulp Fiction - Jimmie Dimmick, Writer (stories) (written by), Director 1994
The Coriolis Effect (short) - Panhandle Slim (voice) 1994
True Romance - Writer (written by) 1993
Reservoir Dogs - Mr. Brown, Writer (background radio dialog) (written by), Director 1992
Eddie Presley - Asylum Attendant 1992
Past Midnight - Associate Producer 1992
Dolph Lundgren: Maximum Potential (video) - Production Assistant 1987
My Best Friend's Birthday (short) - Clarence Pool, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor

Director/screenwriter/actor/producer Quentin Tarantino was perhaps the most distinctive and volatile talent to emerge in American film in the early '90s. Unlike the previous generation of American filmmakers, Tarantino learned his craft from his days as a video clerk, rather than as a film school student. Consequently, he developed an audacious fusion of pop culture and independent art house cinema; his films were thrillers that were distinguished as much by their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of extreme violence. Tarantino initially began his career as an actor (his biggest role was as an Elvis impersonator on an episode of The Golden Girls), taking classes while he was working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA.

During his time at Video Archives, the fledgling filmmaker began writing screenplays, completing his first, True Romance, in 1987. With his co-worker, Roger Avary (who would later also become a director), Tarantino tried to get financial backing to film the script. After years of negotiations, he decided to sell the script, which wound up in the hands of director Tony Scott. During this time, Tarantino wrote the screenplay for Natural Born Killers. Again, he was unable to come up with enough investors to make a movie and gave the script to his partner, Rand Vossler. Tarantino then used the money he made from True Romance to begin pre-production on Reservoir Dogs, a film about a failed heist. Reservoir Dogs received financial backing from LIVE Entertainment after Harvey Keitel agreed to star in the movie. Word-of-mouth on Reservoir Dogs began to build at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, which led to scores of glowing reviews, making the film a cult hit. While many critics and fans were praising Tarantino, he developed a sizable amount of detractors. Claiming he ripped off the obscure Hong Kong thriller City on Fire, the critics only added to the director/writer's already considerable buzz. During 1993, Tarantino wrote and directed his next feature, Pulp Fiction, which featured three interweaving crime story lines; Tony Scott's big-budget production of True Romance was also released that year.

In 1994, Tarantino was elevated from a cult figure to a major celebrity. Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that May, beginning the flood of good reviews for the picture. Before Pulp Fiction was released in October, Oliver Stone's bombastic version of Natural Born Killers hit the theaters in August; Tarantino distanced himself from the film and was only credited for writing the basic story. Pulp Fiction soon eclipsed Natural Born Killers in both acclaim and popularity. Made for eight million dollars, the film eventually grossed over 100 million dollars and topped many critics' top ten lists. Pulp Fiction earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino and Avary), Best Actor (John Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), and Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman).

After the film's success, Tarantino was everywhere, from talk shows to a cameo in the low-budget Sleep With Me. At the beginning of 1995, he directed a segment of the anthology film Four Rooms and acted in Robert Rodriguez's sequel to El Mariachi, Desperado, and the comedy Destiny Turns on the Radio, in which he had a starring role. Tarantino also kept busy with television, directing an episode of the NBC TV hit ER and appearing in Margaret Cho's sitcom All-American Girl.

The latter half of the '90s saw Tarantino continue his multifaceted role as an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. In 1996, he served as the screenwriter and executive producer for the George Clooney schlock-fest From Dusk Till Dawn, and the following year renewed some of his earlier acclaim as the director and screenwriter of Jackie Brown. The film, in which Tarantino had a voice-over cameo, reunited him with Fiction star Samuel L. Jackson and won him the raves that had been missing for much of his post-Fiction career. Also in 1997, Tarantino appeared in Full Tilt Boogie, a documentary about the making of From Dusk Till Dawn. His film work the following year was essentially confined to a role in Julia Sweeney's God Said, Ha!, and in 1999, he was back behind the camera as the producer for From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

Though Tarantino would lay relatively low in the early years of the new millennium, he did make a prominent guest-starring appearance in 2001 on a two-episode story arc of the spy show Alias. In late 2002/early 2003, hype would soon start to build around his fourth feature, Kill Bill (2003). A kinetic homage to revenge movies of the 1970s, Kill Bill features Uma Thurman as a former assassin known as "The Bride." Waking from a five-year coma after her former comrades turn her wedding day into a frenzied bloodbath, The Bride vows vengeance on both the assassins and her former boss, Bill (David Carradine).

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