- Tarantino was born on 27 March 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Connie McHugh and Tony Tarantino.
- His father is of Italian descent, and his mother has English and Irish ancestry.
- His mother Connie McHugh was only age 16 when she gave birth to him.
- Quentin was named after Quint Asper, Burt Reynolds' character in the CBS series Gunsmoke.
- Collects old board games having to do with television series like I Dream of Jeannie (1965), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The A-Team (1983), etc.
- First noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit", which was written in 1985.
- Cites his influences as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Sergio Leone and Jean-Luc Godard.
- Although he uses both elements in his films, he strongly detests violence and drugs.
- Insists on being beside the camera at all times during a take. The notion of being in another room watching his actors perform on a video-assist monitor is both anathema and unacceptable to him.
- Detests CGI (Computer-generated imagery) trickery, opting not to shoot a sequence at all unless it can be accomplished 'in-camera'. If a chase has to be filmed at 80mph, it must be captured as it happens and not faked with camera under-cranking.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on 21 December 2015.
- During his stay in the Philippines, Tarantino got trapped in traffic due to flooding as he was traveling to Malacanang Palace to meet President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and receive a lifetime achievement award. Refusing to give up, he and his partner Tikoy Aguiluz got off their limousine and took a pedicab each to reach the palace. After arriving, Tarantino stated "It was a lot of fun. It just took a long time but it was not bad at all.".