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Hebrew University gives director Quentin Tarantino honorary doctorate

Academy Award winning filmmaker, who is married to an Israeli and lives in Tel Aviv part-time, granted award for his ‘cinematic success’ and ‘strong ties to Israel’

Quentin Tarantino, center, shakes hands with Hebrew University President Asher Cohen as Hebrew University Rector Barak Medina looks on at the awarding of an honorary degree on June 13, 2022. (Hebrew University/Bruno Cherbit)
Quentin Tarantino, center, shakes hands with Hebrew University President Asher Cohen as Hebrew University Rector Barak Medina looks on at the awarding of an honorary degree on June 13, 2022. (Hebrew University/Bruno Cherbit)

Celebrated American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino can now add doctor to his long list of titles.

The actor, director, screenwriter and author received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday.

The university said it was recognizing the 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, splits his time between Tel Aviv and Hollywood.

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.

Tarantino has expressed admiration for Israeli directors Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus, who he said Hollywood snubbed “in an antisemitic way” in the 1980s.

His 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds” depicted Jews taking revenge on Nazis during World War II.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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