Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino receives honorary degree from Israeli university

'Dr. Tarantino': Jerusalem's Hebrew University says it was recognizing the two-time Academy Award-winner for his 'critically acclaimed cinematic success as a writer, director, and actor'

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Published: 06.13.22, 21:18
Celebrated American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino received an honorary doctorate from Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday.
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  • The actor, director, screenwriter and author can now add doctor to his long list of titles.
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    Quentin Tarantino
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    The university said it was recognizing the two-time Academy Award-winner for his "critically acclaimed cinematic success as a writer, director, and actor."
    Tarantino, who in 2018 married Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick with whom he has a son and expects another baby, splits his time between Tel Aviv and Hollywood. He has been spotted on several occasions wandering the streets of the Israeli financial hub, piquing the interest of the paparazzi and passersby alike.
    The university noted Tarantino's "strong ties to Israel through his wife Daniella, and for making Israel his second home."
    Tarantino's films are known for their signature dark humor. They have garnered global recognition, including seven Academy Awards. His films Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained won him Oscars for best original screenplay.
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    Tarantino and wife Daniella Pick
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    Making an appearance on the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year, the filmmaker praised the life in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Tarantino was just a fresh arrival back then, having settled in Tel Aviv with his wife just a few months prior to the outset of the pandemic, but was forced to stay for a whole year due to pandemic-induced travel restrictions.
    “I would rather not have been out of my own country against my will for a whole year,” Said Tarantino regarding the predicament he and his family found themselves in. “However, if I'm going to be in another country, the country that handled COVID the best is probably the best country to be in.”
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