Quentin Tarantino's Biography
Quentin Tarantino was born on 27 March 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was brought up by his mother who was a teenage nursing student and an enthusiastic film-goer.
Tarantino was named after the character Quint played by Burt Reynolds in Gunsmoke.
Tarantino's father, who was an actor, was not involved in his upbringing and when he was 2, Quentin and his mother settled in Los Angeles.
Tarantino followed in his mother's footsteps as a film enthusiast. He did not succeed at school, and instead he worked an usher at an adult-movie cinema.
Later on, Quentin Tarantino worked for 5 years at the video rental store Video Archives, where he met Roger Avary, with whom he would collaborate on various movies.
It was also where he and Avary were spotted by producer John Langley, who gave them a job on a Dolph Lundgren exercise video.
Around this time, Quentin Tarantino also gained an acting credit as an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls.
Avary and Tarantino worked at Cinetel Productions, where they met Lawrence Bender and effectively formed the team behind Reservoir Dogs.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino sold a couple of significant film scripts. One script was True Romance, whilst another was Natural Born Killers, which was significantly rewritten before reaching the screen.
In 1994, Tarantino followed up the success of Reservoir Dogs with another striking movie Pulp Fiction, which picked up numerous accolades including an Oscar and Golden Globe.
Around this time, Tarantino was also taking a variety of acting roles including playing a drug dealer in Robert Rodriguez's Desperado.
He also directed an episode of ER.
Tarantino wrote, produced, and acted in From Dusk Till Dawn, and wrote and directed Jackie Brown.
Quentin Tarantino then had a long stint directing the successful Kill Bill, which was eventually released as two separate films.
In 2007, Grindhouse was released but it was not a box office success. It had two segments, Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez and Death Proof by Tarantino.
In 2009, Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, was released.
In February 2010, Quentin Tarantino was nominated for Oscars for both best original screenplay and best directing for Inglourious Basterds.
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