Biographic by Steve McGarry for December 23, 2012
BIOGRAPHIC Steve McGarry Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on march 27, 1963, and raised in southern California. An aspiring actor, he developed an interest in directing while working in a video rental store. In the mid-1980's, he wrote and directed his own starring vehicle, "My Best Friend's Birthday." The film was partially destroyed in a fire and has never been commercially released, but it helped open Holloywood doors for him. Tarantino made his official debut as a writer and director with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs," a movie since hailed by Empire magazine as the "greatest independent film of all time." Tarantino sold the scripts to "True Romance" and "Natural Born Killers," and following the success of "Reservoir Dogs," he was offered a number of movie projects, including "Men In Black" and "Speed." Instead, he decamped to Amsterdam to work on the script for his next project... Released in 1994, "Pulp Fiction" was a massive hit, grossing more than $200 million and earning seven Academy Award nominations. Tarantino won the original screenplay Oscar and the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has gone on to carve out one of the most eclectic careers in Hollywood, as an actor, director, writer and producer, including extensive collaborations with director Robert Rodriquez on the likes of "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Grindhouse." His director credits include "Jackie Brown," the Kill Bill" movies and "Ingloriuous Basterds" (which earned eight Oscar nominations). His latest offering is "Django Unchained."