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Ourspoken director Quentin Tarantino has used his extreme love of the cinema to make some of the most unforgettable movies of the past twenty years. Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and studied acting in Los Angeles with actor James Best, known for his role as 'Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane' on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. When he was 22, he began working at a video rental store, Manhattan Beach Video Archives, where he and screenwriter Roger Avary would talk about films and offer recommendations to customers. He wrote his first screenplay, True Romance in the early 1990s, which was made into a film starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette and released in 1993. He made his feature film directorial debut in 1992 with the heist drama Reservoir Dogs, a screenplay which he also wrote, which was the breakout hit of the Sundance Film Festival that year and quickly became a cult favorite. His next script was for the serial killer tale Natural Born Killers. Director Oliver Stone altered the script so much during shooting that Quentin eventually disowned it. Passing up offers to direct such films as Speed and Men in Black, Quentin's next project was 1994's Pulp Fiction, which not only was the comeback vehicle that revived John Travolta's career, it won the Palme d'Or at the 1994 Cannes film festival and earned Quentin and his old friend Roger Avary Oscars for Best Original Screenplay. While working on the anthology film Four Rooms, Quentin befriended director Robert Rodriguez and he wrote the script for and starred in (with George Clooney) the 1996 vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn. Inspired by the 'blaxploitation' films of the 1970s, Quentin's next film was 1997's Jackie Brown, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch, starring Foxy Brown's Pam Grier in the lead role. After the film failed to meet his expectations at the box office, Quentin took a break from Hollywood. In 1988 he went to Broadway, playing a thug terrorizing a blind woman in a revival of the thriller Wait Until Dark. In 2003, he teamed with his 'muse', Uma Thurman for the revenge drama Kill Bill, Vol. 1, which was a box-office smash and was quickly followed by Kill Bill, Vol. 2 in 2004. He has directed episodes of The X-Files, E.R. and C.S.I. and produced movies such as Hostel. In 2007, he released Death Proof, one-half of his and Robert Rodriguez's pet project Grindhouse. Despite critical kudos, the film was a commercial flop. Quentin's next project is rumored to be the Dirty Dozen homage Inglorious Bastards. Since it seems he's only skimmed the surface of his cinematic inspirations, we can expect many more future classics from Quentin Tarantino.

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