From The Quentin Tarantino Archives
Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) is Rick Dalton's longtime stunt double and close friend. He is a former Green Beret and served in WWII. The character was partly inspired by stunt legend/director Hal Needham, Gary Kent, who did stunts for a film made on Spahn Ranch, while the Manson Family was living there and Gene LeBell, a martial artist and stuntman. In the film, we see Cliff sparring with martial arts trainer/choreographer and future movie legend Bruce Lee.
- Cliff lives in a trailer next to the Van Nuys Drive-In. QT characters Cliff Worley and Budd also lived in trailers.
- Cliff drives a VW Karmann Ghia. This car was the model Quentin's stepdad drove. Also driven by The Bride in Kill Bill.
- "Cliff is a World War II hero and one of the deadliest guys alive. He could kill you with a spoon, a piece of paper or a business card. Consequently, he is a rather Zen dude who is troubled by very little.” - QT speaking to USA Today
- Partly inspired by the title character of the film Billy Jack (1971).