1. Quentin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 27, 1963. His mother Connie was a health care executive and nurse, while his father Tony was an actor and amateur musician.
2. Tarantino has been criticised heavily during his career for the excessive amount of violence in his movies, such as the Kill Bill series. His response? "Sure, Kill Bill's a violent movie. But it's a Tarantino movie. You don't go to see Metallica and ask the f**kers to turn the music down."
3. Tarantino has proved that he has a sense of humour by twice taking a lead role on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The Pulp Fiction helmer directed an episode hosted by John Travolta and took to the screens himself in the 1995/96 season. The Travolta episode included an infamous sketch called 'Quentin Tarantino's Welcome Back, Kotter', which merged '70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and Reservoir Dogs.
4. Most movie fans agree that Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are Tarantino's finest big screen outings, leading to plenty of rumours down the years about sequels. The director has regularly fuelled speculation, claiming that he would like to merge the two movies by using characters Vince (John Travolta in
5. Tarantino's reputation means that he rarely has to turn projects down. However, the director did snub big offers from Hollywood in the '90s following his breakthrough to the mainstream. It's rumoured that he refused large deals to helm the first Men In Black and Keanu Reeves's bus thriller Speed. He was also tipped to direct an episode of The X-Files, specifically written for him, but he couldn't reach a deal because of a disagreement with the Directors Guild of America.
6. Tarantino has hinted in interviews that he doesn't plan to settle down with a family or children until he turns 60. However, that hasn't stopped there being plenty of tabloid tittle-tattle about his love life. Allison Anders, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dreyfus, Shar Jackson, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and his "muse" Uma Thurman have all been romantically linked to him down the years.
7. Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was such a huge fan of Tarantino that he paid tribute to him in the sleeve notes for his final studio album In Utero. Quentin returned the favour by leaving the message RIP Kurt on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Kurt and his wife Courtney Love also famously turned down an offer to appear in Pulp Fiction as Lance (Eric Stoltz) and Jody (Rozanna Arquette).
8. When Tarantino was still a struggling actor and writer working at a Manhattan Beach video store, he was forced to lie on his CV to give himself some credibility. Quentin claimed that his credits included roles in Dawn Of The Dead and Jean Luc's King Lear. His plan worked and the credits were even listed on Leonard Maltin's video guide.
9. In his spare time, Tarantino enjoys collecting old board games and lunch boxes based on old TV shows such as The Dukes Of Hazzard and I Dream Of Jeannie. Each to their own, we suppose!
10. One of the projects that Tarantino has frequently been linked to over the years is a James Bond movie. He even claims that he suggested the idea of remaking Casino Royale to the franchise's producer. However, Quentin apparently would have insisted on Pierce Brosnan keeping the lead role if he took over the director's chair. "Over the course of time he's really proven himself to me as the James Bond for this generation," said Quentin in 2004. We wonder what Daniel Craig has to say about that?