Quentin Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the only child of Connie McHugh and Tony Tarantino, an actor and producer. His father is of Italian descent, and his mother has Irish and Cherokee ancestry. Quentin was named for 'Quint Asper', Burt Reynolds' character in the CBS series Gunsmoke.

At 14 years old, Tarantino wrote one of his earliest works, a screenplay called 'Captain Peachfuzz' and the 'Anchovy Bandit', based on Hal Needham's 1977 film 'Smokey and the Bandit' starring Burt Reynolds.

Later, Tarantino attended acting classes at the James Best Theatre Company, where he met several of his eventual collaborators. While at James Best, Tarantino also met Craig Hamann, with whom he later collaborated to produce 'My Best Friend's Birthday'.

Throughout the 1980s, Tarantino worked a number of jobs. He spent time as a recruiter in the aerospace industry, and for five years, he worked at Video Archives, a video store in California.

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 a Grammy. In 2005, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

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