Many great film auteurs have a penchant for appearing in their own movies, Alfred Hitchcock being the most notable example. It's not an unusual desire - to want to leave one's mark on their film in front of the camera, as well as behind it.
But whereas Hitchcock often appeared in brief, non-speaking roles, Tarantino likes to get more significantly involved, sometimes tacking on the role of his films' most wacky eccentrics!
And, unlike most directors, he's actually pretty good at acting, making him an alluring presence on screen as well as a directorial mastermind off it. So, with that in mind, I present Quentin Tarantino's top 5 cameo roles (in no particular order)
1. Reservoir Dogs
Character: Mr. Brown
Cameo rating: 9/10
In his first theatrical release Tarantino played Mr. Brown, a member of the gang for whom the unseen bank heist goes particularly awry. But before shots start getting fired, Quentin has the opportunity to deliver some of his razor-sharp, naturalistic dialogue during what is one of the best scenes in the movie.
It's a great cameo, and one most filmgoers won't have even noticed at the time, owing to the fact that the legendary director was yet to earn his fame.
2. Death Proof
Character: Warren the Bartender
Cameo rating: 6/10
Tarantino made a short but sweet appearance in Death Proof - Robert Rodriguez's half of the pair's Grindhouse double bill - as a slimy looking bartender. He's always given me the creeps, I have to say.
3. Pulp Fiction
Character: Jimmie Dimmick
Cameo rating: 10/10
In my mind, this is Tarantino's all-time best cameo. Jimmie, the neurotic recipient of a dead body, is a hilarious, fantastically written and highly quotable character. He likes good coffee and doesn't run a storage facility - for that, he's the most memorable Tarantino cameo to date!
4. Django Unchained
Character: The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
Cameo rating: 7/10
When the director turned to make his exploitation Western, he couldn't resist putting on a cowboy hat himself. Playing an Australian slave-trader, Tarantino isn't in the film for long, but he does go out with a bang, exploding into tiny bits of flesh after Django shoots a stick of dynamite out of his hands.
5. Inglourious Basterds
Character: Dead Nazi
Cameo rating: 8/10
It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role, but I think it's a great little nod to eagle-eyed fans. If you're quick, you can just about spot Tarantino as he has his scalp removed by Lieutenant Aldo's squad of Nazi-killers. Nice!