Tarantino's father is of Italian descent, and his mother has Irish and Cherokee ancestry.
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the United States. He is the only child of Connie McHugh, who is part Cherokee and part Irish, and actor of Italian descent, Tony Tarantino, who left the family before Quentin was born. Quentin was named for Quint Asper, Burt Reynolds' character in the CBS series Gunsmoke.
Tarantino's mother met his father during a trip to Los Angeles, where Tony was a law student and would-be entertainer. She married him soon after, to gain independence from her parents, but their marriage was brief. After the divorce, Connie Tarantino left Los Angeles and moved to Knoxville, where her parents lived. In 1966, Tarantino and his mother moved back to Los Angeles.
Tarantino's mother married musician Curtis Zastoupil soon after arriving in Los Angeles, and the family moved to Torrance, a city in Los Angeles County's South Bay area. Zastoupil encouraged Tarantino's love of movies and accompanied him to numerous film screenings. When he was just eight, his mother began taking him to restricted movies such as Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Deliverance (1972). He developed an obsession with films. Tarantino's mother allowed him to see movies with adult content, such as Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Deliverance (1972). After his mother divorced Zastoupil in 1973 and received a misdiagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, Tarantino was sent to live with his grandparents in Tennessee. He remained there less than a year before returning to California.