Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose have provided countless laughs sine The Golden Girls premiered in 1985, but it turns out they also helped launch the career of one of Hollywood’s most successful auteurs.
Quentin Tarantino shared the unlikely story during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, explaining that the residuals he earned for an Elvis impersonator gig on the hit sitcom paved the way for his first film, Reservoir Dogs.
“One of the jobs I did get, and not because I did a wonderful audition, but simply because they sent my picture in and they said, ‘He’s got it,’ was for an Elvis impersonator on ‘The Golden Girls.’ ” he told Fallon.
“It became a two-part ‘Golden Girls.’ So I got paid residuals for both parts,” he added. “It was so popular they put it on a ‘Best of The Golden Girls,’ and I got residuals every time that showed. So I got paid maybe, I don’t know, $650 for the episode, but by the time the residuals were over, three years later, I made like $3,000. And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get ‘Reservoir Dogs’ going.”
Here’s his big, breakout performance: