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Quentin Jerome Tarantino ( born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter and an aestheticization of violence that often results in the exhibition of neo-noir characteristics. Tarantino has been dubbed a "director DJ," comparing his stylistic use of mix-and-match genre and music infusion to the use of sampling in DJ exhibits, morphing a variety of old works to create a new one. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tarantino grew up an avid film fan and worked in a video rental store while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed ''My Best Friend's Birthday''; its screenplay would form the basis for ''True Romance''. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of ''Reservoir Dogs'' (1992); regarded as a classic and cult hit, it was opined as the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time" by ''Empire'' magazine. Its popularity was boosted by the release of his second film, ''Pulp Fiction'' (1994), a neo-noir crime film that became a major critical and commercial success, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Paying homage to 1970s blaxploitation films, Tarantino released ''Jackie Brown'' in 1997, an adaptation of the novel ''Rum Punch''. ''Kill Bill'' followed six years later – released as two films, ''Vol. 1'' (2003) and ''Vol. 2'' (2004) – a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Chinese martial arts, spaghetti westerns and Italian horror. He released ''Death Proof'' (2007) as part of a double feature with friend Robert Rodriguez under the collective title ''Grindhouse''. His long-postponed ''Inglourious Basterds'' (2009) became Tarantino's second highest-grossing film to date ($321 million), which tells the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leadership. His most recent and highest grossing work is ''Django Unchained'' (2012), a western film set in the antebellum era of the Deep South, receiving critical acclaim. Tarantino's films have garnered both critical and commercial success. He has received many industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d'Or and has been nominated for an Emmy and Grammy. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation."Wikipedia This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect, defamatory or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.