Quentin Tarantino wasn’t a household name in 1988, but he was an Elvis impersonator. That year, the soon-to-be auteur made a cameo appearance on an episode of The Golden Girls as one of several “Elvii” attending Sophia’s wedding. You can catch a glimpse of him above (action starts at around 4:30), though you’ll have to look carefully — back row, dead center.
Here’s how Tarantino described the appearance in a 1994 interview with Playboy:
Well, it was kind of a high point because it was one of the few times that I actually got hired for a job. I was one of 12 Elvis impersonators, really just a glorified extra. For some reason they had us sing Don Ho’s Hawaiian Love Chant. All the other Elvis impersonators wore Vegas-style jumpsuits. But I wore my own clothes,because I was, like, the Sun Records Elvis. I was the hillbilly cat Elvis. I was the real Elvis; everyone else was Elvis after he sold out.
Having honed his chops alongside the greats — Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and of course, Betty White — Tarantino has racked up over 30 acting credits on IMDb. Here are some of our favorite moments of Quentin in front of the camera.
- With a dead body in his garage, Jimmie warns Vincent and Jules about an even greater danger—Bonnie. In this scene: Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Jimmie Dimmick (Quentin Tarantino)
- When Santanico Pandemonium takes the stage for her snake dance, all eyes are on her and her hypnotic curves. In this scene: Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), Razor Charlie (Danny Trejo), Richard Gecko (Quentin Tarantino), Seth Gecko (George Clooney), Kate Fuller (Juliette Lewis), Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel)
- Joe makes it clear that what he says goes. In this scene: Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker), Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino)
- The Gecko Brothers get to know their hostages, the Fullers, and they come to an agreement about transport into Mexico. In this scene: Seth (George Clooney), Richard (Quentin Tarantino), Kate (Juliette Lewis), Jacob (Harvey Keitel), Scott (Ernest Liu)
- Shortly after the Fullers check into their motel, they meet their "friendly" neighbors from room 11. In this scene: Seth (George Clooney), Richard (Quentin Tarantino), Kate (Juliette Lewis), Jacob (Harvey Keitel), Scott (Ernest Liu)
- An unfortunate sequence of events leads to a naked Jules and Vincent getting hosed down by their boss in the middle of Jimmie Dimmick's backyard. In this scene: Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), The Wolf (Harvey Keitel), Jimmie Dimmick (Quentin Tarantino)