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Quentin Tarantino

Lowest Rated:   7% Daltry Calhoun (2005)
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Birthplace:   Knoxville, Tennessee
Born March 27th, 1963, 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 arthouse 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 number 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 storylines; 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); it won one, for Tarantino and Avery's writing.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 wi

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$54.2M 2015
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Himself
2015
No Score Yet Dance Me To The End Of Love
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2013
87% Django Unchained
  • Screenwriter
  • LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
  • Director
$162.9M 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Quentin Tarantino
$7.5k 2011
89% Inglourious Basterds
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$120.6M 2009
43% Killshot
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient
  • Actor
2008
56% Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Ringo
2008
10% Hell Ride
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2008
94% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Fúria pela Liberdade
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh
  • Actor
2008
62% Diary of the Dead
  • Actor
$0.7M 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Director
  • Rapist No.1
  • Producer
2007
44% Hostel Part II
  • Executive Producer
$17.6M 2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Producer
  • Rapist No.1
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$25M 2007
65% Death Proof
  • Producer
  • WarrenWarren the Bartender
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
61% Hostel
  • Executive Producer
$47.3M 2006
7% Daltry Calhoun
  • Executive Producer
2005
38% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
  • Himself
2005
97% Double Dare
  • Actor
2005
78% Sin City
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Planet of the Pitts
  • Actor
2004
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure
  • Executive Producer
2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Pai Mei
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2003
No Score Yet Baadasssss Cinema
  • Actor
2001
22% Little Nicky
  • Deacon
$38.6M 2000
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
  • Actor
1999
86% God Said 'Ha!'
  • Executive Producer
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
87% Jackie Brown
  • Director
  • Voice on Answering Machine
  • Screenwriter
1997
88% Full Tilt Boogie
  • Actor
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Chester (segment "The Man from Hollywood")Chester
1996
No Score Yet Somebody to Love
  • Bartender
1996
17% Curdled
  • Executive Producer
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Director 1
1996
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Richard Gecko
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet Kisses in the Dark
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera
  • Actor
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Screenwriter
1995
12% Destiny Turns on the Radio
  • Johnny Destiny
1995
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Jimmie
1994
15% Sleep with Me
  • Sid
1994
36% Killing Zoe
  • Executive Producer
1994
92% True Romance
  • Screenwriter
1993
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Mr. Brown
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet My Best Friend's Birthday
  • Director
  • Actor
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014
  • Screenwriter
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Guest
  • McKenas Cole Cole McKenas
  • 2004
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Director
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1995
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest

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