Born in Knoxville, Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He has received many industry awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. Originally a scriptwriter, his directorial debut came with Reservoir Dogs. And, early on, during his work at Video Archives, Tarantino landed a guest spot on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls, playing an Elvis impersonator. The Knoxville native has been named by Total Film as the 12th greatest director of all time for his nonlinear storylines and award-winning films. He has earned the Icon of the Decade award at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards. Most recently, his movie Inglorious Basterds was nominated for 8 Oscars and won for Best Supporting Actor. Tarantino frequently references his home state of Tennessee in his films: In Pulp Fiction (1994), Butch plans to meet his connection in Knoxville, which is also where his grandfather bought the gold watch; the song "Tennessee Stud" by Johnny Cash appears in Jackie Brown (1997); Death Proof (2007) is set in Lebanon, Tennessee; Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds (2009) hails from Maynardville, Tennessee.
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