Quentin Tarantino

by ethnic on January 7, 2008

Birth Name: Quentin Jerome Tarantino

Place of Birth: Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 27, 1963

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*English, Irish (mother)

Quentin Tarantino is an American film director, writer, actor, cinematographer, and producer. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Connie (McHugh) and Tony Tarantino, an actor. His father, from New York, is of Italian (including Sicilian) descent. His mother, who is from the American South, has English and Irish ancestry. Quentin was raised in California.

Quentin has said that his mother also has Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been documented/verified. All of Quentin’s maternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Quentin’s paternal grandfather was Dominic James Tarantino (the son of Antonio Tarantino and Jennie Fensoni). Dominic was born in New York, of Italian descent. Antonio was born in Palermo, Sicily, the son of Giuseppe “Joseph” Tarantino.

Quentin’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jean Salvaggio (the daughter of Antonio Salvaggio and Frances Catrone/Catrona). Elizabeth was born in New York, of Italian descent.

Quentin’s maternal grandfather was Edwin William “Frank” McHugh (the son of George Milton McHugh and Bessie Lauretta/Laurella/Laura King Nobes/Nabors). Edwin was born in Texas. George was the son of John Hamilton McHugh, who was Irish, and of Sarah Jane Moses. Bessie was the daughter of William Nobes, who was English, and of Lucy Edwardine Lerned.

Quentin’s maternal grandmother is Betty/Bettie June Woody (the daughter of John Acil Woody and Nancy Jane Smith). Quentin’s grandmother Betty was born in Tennessee. She re-married to Ellis Wade Shaffer. John was the son of Swan Burdett/Burnett Woody and Laura Ann Plemmons. Nancy was the daughter of Robert H. Smith and Emaline Burton.

Sources: Genealogies of Quentin Tarantino – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Quentin’s father – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Quentin’s maternal grandfather, Edwin William “Frank” McHugh, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Quentin’s maternal grandmother, Betty/Bettie June Woody, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Quentin’s maternal great-grandparents, John Acil Woody and Nancy Jane Smith, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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undashing February 17, 2016 at 1:30 am

Very exotic looking white guy.

Jello February 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

He looks Asian

follers August 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Full or half?

Racial Realist October 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Probably the worst ethnic labeling I’ve ever seen done on these boards.

His features are pretty much the furthest you can get from Asian, essentially he’s hyper-European.

bearboy June 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm

@Jello, mind being more specific when you say that he looks Asian? East Asian people, such as the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans look a lot different from the people in the Middle East. But I think it should be added to Tarantino’s profile that you think he looks Asian.

nnnnn September 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I wish, I hit his arrogant face

levangelista36 July 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

He scares me. Handsome he is not.

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

He looks very Cherokee

nnnnn May 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

No, he looks what he is, partly italian.
I thought, he’s too intilligent to tell cherokee tails

andrew May 7, 2013 at 5:42 am

he is simply ugly but he did some awesome movies

Jeeeeeee June 22, 2011 at 3:33 am

Wow, he is of Czech descent… cool :) (YES, Zastoupil is CZECH surname, which means something like “barred”)

Paul September 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

His mother’s married name is Zastoupil, it was his stepfather who was an Armenian American. They married when he was a toddler.

Anonymous September 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Mermaid, You’re a Dumbass

Mermaid August 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

looks African American–his dad looks completely black!

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

he by rayshal… he by rayshal

Anonymous August 3, 2010 at 6:37 am

You fools this is me and I’m Greek yes Greek I like butt fuming

Büzo Zagavic April 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

I like movies he make…….but he has the only chin.

Anonymous January 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

hairy brows JUST like joe jonas!!

89 December 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

its czeckrtbgyrdbgslovakian.

Erica November 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Zastoupil is NOT greek it is CZECH. who the hell wrote this????

Marc B August 12, 2009 at 4:27 am

He is also may be part Greek. His mother’s maiden name is Greek.

ethnic August 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Marc B, thats a very good observation. I looked around the net and so far there is no evidence of Greek heritage.

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