Was in hysterics watching this tribute to Laurence Tierney on the Reservoir Dogs DVD. A difficult fellow to say the least... Chris Penn's story is the best so try to hang in there for that even if Tarantino is annoying you... There's some great stories of him terrorizing the casts of The Simpsons and Seinfeld when he made guests appearances too (listen to the audio commentaries of the respective episodes).
Seeing him be so excellent as an older fellow made me want to watch some of his old 40's films, but i must warn you all, DO NOT rent "Born To Kill". It looked like it was gonna be a winner but man was that movie irritatingly stupid. I'm still slapping myself for sitting through the whole thing. You bin warned! Don't say i didn't warn ya!