Provocative director, producer, and screenwriter who first received acclaim for his 1990's crime films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. He later went on to direct the action films Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
Famous for his films about criminals and lowlifes, he once fittingly shoplifted a book by Elmore Leonard, whose novel Rum Punch was adapted into the cult classic film Jackie Brown in 1997.
He wrote the screenplay for the 1993 Tony Scott-directed crime film True Romance, which starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.
He dropped out of Narbonne High School his freshman year to go to acting school in Toluca Lake.
He was in relationships with Mira Sorvino, Allison Anders, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dreyfus, Kathy Griffin, and Margaret Cho.