There might have been no Quentin Tarantino without “The Golden Girls”.

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Appearing on “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director explained to host Jimmy Fallon how a guest spot on the classic sitcom helped get his directing career off the ground.

Before becoming a filmmaker, he started out with “a very unsuccessful acting career.” Tarantino shared, “However, 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’.”

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That small role paid dividends, literally.

“It became a two-part ‘Golden Girls’. So I got paid residuals for both parts,” Tarantino recalled. “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.”