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Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz
Waltz at the 82nd Academy Awards March 2010
Born (1956-10-04) October 4, 1956
Vienna, Austria
Citizenship Austria
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Judith Holste
Children 4

Christoph Waltz (German pronunciation: ; born October 4, 1956) is an Austrian actor.[1][2][3] He is best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa.[4] Waltz will appear as Franz Oberhauser in Spectre, the twenty-fourth James Bond film.[5]

Early life

Waltz was born in Vienna, the son of German-born Johannes Waltz and Austrian-born Elisabeth Urbancic, set and costume designers.[6] His maternal grandfather, Rudolf von Urban, was a psychiatrist and psychologist who wrote the book Sex Perfection and Marital Happiness.[7] His maternal grandmother was Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was actor Emmerich Reimers. His great-grandparents also worked in theatre.[8]


Waltz at the Paris premiere of Django Unchained, January 2013

Waltz studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. He also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. He started as a stage actor, performing at venues such as Zurich's Schauspielhaus Zürich, Vienna's Burgtheater, and the Salzburg Festival. He became a prolific television actor in the years 1980 to 2000. In 2000, he made his directorial debut, with the German television production Wenn man sich traut.[9] Before coming to the attention of a larger audience in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds he had played Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann in the British TV series The Gravy Train in 1990. The show is a story of intrigue and misdeeds set in the offices of the European Union in Brussels.[10]

In Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, Waltz portrayed SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa, aka "The Jew Hunter". Clever, courteous, and multilingual, but also self-serving, cunning, implacable, and murderous, the character of Landa was such that Tarantino feared he "might have written a part that was un-playable".[11] Waltz received the Best Actor Award for the performance at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and received acclaim from critics and the public. In 2009, he began sweeping critics' awards circuits, receiving awards for Best Supporting Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics,[12] Los Angeles Film Critics Association,[12] and for Best Supporting Actor at the 67th Golden Globe Awards and the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2009.

The following year, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor[13] and won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.[14] He is, as of 2013, the only actor to win an Academy Award for appearing in a Tarantino film. Tarantino acknowledged the importance of Waltz to his film by stating: "I think that Landa is one of the best characters I've ever written and ever will write, and Christoph played it to a tee. It's true that if I couldn't have found someone as good as Christoph I might not have made Inglourious Basterds".[15]

Waltz played gangster Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet (2011); that same year, he starred in Water for Elephants and Roman Polanski's Carnage. He played German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. During a training accident prior to filming, Waltz injured his pelvis.[16] His role garnered him awards acclaim once again, with Waltz winning the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and ultimately the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His Oscar victory made him one of only three actors to win two Oscars for a supporting role under the direction of the same person (Walter Brennan and Dianne Wiest are the other two).

Waltz has been cast as the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in the movie Reykjavik, based on the 1986 peace talks between the United States and USSR.[17] In April 2013, he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[18] In late 2013, he directed a production of the opera Der Rosenkavalier at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium.[19] In 2014, he was selected as a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[20] He will star in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which will open on Christmas Day 2014,[21] and as the villain in Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise.[22]

Personal life

Waltz and his wife, Judith Holste at the 82nd Academy Awards in March 2010

Waltz has three children with his first wife.[23] He is raising a daughter (b. 2005) with his wife, costume designer Judith Holste.[24] They divide their time between Berlin, London, and Los Angeles.[25]

Waltz is fluent in German (his native language), English, and French,[26] and speaks all three in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Although his character in Inglourious Basterds also spoke Italian, Waltz stated on the Adam Carolla Podcast that he does not speak it fluently. He is his own voice actor for both the French and German dubs of each film.

Waltz was born in Vienna to a German father who applied for him to become a German citizen after his birth.[27] He received Austrian citizenship in 2010, thus holding citizenships of both Austria and Germany, but considers his German passport a "legal, citizenship law banality".[3] Asked whether he felt Viennese, he responded: "I was born in Vienna, grew up in Vienna, went to school in Vienna, graduated in Vienna, studied in Vienna, started acting in Vienna – and there would be a few further Viennese links. How much more Austrian do you want it?"[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Feurer! Karl Albrecht Schlick Television film
1981 Kopfstand Markus
1982 Fire and Sword Tristan
1982 The Mysterious Stranger Ernst Wasserman Television film
1982 Dr. Margarete Johnsohn Rainer Television film
1986 Wahnfried Friedrich Nietzsche
1987 Das andere Leben Stefan Television film
1988 Alien Years, TheThe Alien Years Stefan Mueller Television film
1988 Quicker Than the Eye Police Chief
1989 Goldeneye German spy Television film
1991 Życie za życie Jan Credited as Chistopher Waltz
1992 5 Zimmer, Küche, Bad Hartwig Klemmnitz Television film
1992 Die Angst wird bleiben Manfred Television film
1994 Tag der Abrechnung - Der Amokläufer von Euskirchen Erwin Mikolajczyk Television film
1994 Jacob Morash Television film
1994 Die Staatsanwältin Andreas Doepke Television film
1995 Ein Anfang von etwas Herbert
1995 Prinz zu entsorgen Roman Television film
1995 Man(n) sucht Frau Christoph Television film
1995 Catherine the Great Mirovich Television film
1996 Der Tourist Stephan Görner Television film
1996 Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story Roy Black Television film
1997 Our God's Brother Maksymilian Gierymski
1998 Vickys Alptraum Johnny Television film
1998 Schock - Eine Frau in Angst Kommissar Kaul Television film
1998 Sieben Monde Becker
1998 Final Game, TheThe Final Game Kant Television film
1998 Love Scenes from Planet Earth Charly
1998 Rache für mein totes Kind Paul Television film
1998 Mörderisches Erbe - Tausch mit einer Toten Moritz Fink Television film
1999 Die Braut Herzog Carl August
1999 Dessine-moi un jouet Klaus Hermann Television film
2000 Wenn man sich traut Director and writer
2000 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Brian
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Peter
2000 Falling Rocks Louis
2000 The Beast Finanzbeamte Fink Television film
2001 She Michael Vincey
2001 Queen's Messenger Ben Samm
2001 Engel sucht Flügel Caspari Television film
2001 Riekes Liebe Trainer Karlhoff Television film
2001 Der Tanz mit dem Teufel Dieter Cilov Television film
2002 Dienstreise – Was für eine Nacht Klaus-Dieter Lehmann Television film
2002 Weihnachtsmann gesucht Johannes Böhmke Television film
2003 Angst Analytiker
2003 Jagd auf den Flammenmann Brisky Television film
2003 Der Fall Gehring Martin Bach Television film
2003 Zwei Tage Hoffnung Michael Berg Television film
2003 Jennerwein Pföderl Television film
2003 Gun-shy Johannsen
2003 Tigeraugen sehen besser Dr. Thilo Rylow Television film
2003 Herr Lehmann Artz
2004 Scheidungsopfer Mann Benedikt von Arn Television film
2004 Dorian Rolf Steiner
2004 Mörderische Suche Richard Benedek Television film
2004 Schöne Witwen küssen besser Jean-France Television film
2006 Lapislazuli - Im Auge des Bären Czerny
2006 Franziskas Gespür für Männer Karl Löwen Television film
2007 Die Zürcher Verlobung – Drehbuch zur Liebe Frank "Büffel" Arbogast Television film
2007 Die Verzauberung Dr. Helmut Bahr Television film
2008 Das Geheimnis im Wald Hans Kortmann Television film
2008 Todsünde Sebastian Flies Television film
2008 Das jüngste Gericht Peters Television film
2009 Inglourious Basterds Standartenführer Hans Landa
2011 Green Hornet, TheThe Green Hornet Benjamin Chudnofsky
2011 Water for Elephants August Rosenbluth
2011 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu
2011 Carnage Alan Cowan
2012 Django Unchained Dr. King Schultz
2013 Epic Mandrake Voice
2013 The Zero Theorem Qohen Leth Also co-producer
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Himself Cameo
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Burt Hanson
2014 Big Eyes Walter Keane
2015 Tulip Fever Cornelis Sandvoort Post-production
2015 Spectre Franz Oberhauser Pre-production
2016 Tarzan Captain Rom Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Parole Chicago Eduard "Ede" Bredo 13 episodes
1985 A Case for Two Alf Episode: "Blutsbande"
1986 Lenz oder die Freiheit Sigel Television miniseries
1986–1988 Derrick Schumann / Eberhard Bothe 2 episodes
1986–1990 The Old Fox Christian Kamp / Hans Baumeister 2 episodes
1987–2008 Tatort Gerd Weißenbach / Prof. Robert Henze / Inspektor Passini 3 episodes
1990 The Gravy Train Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann 4 episodes
1991 The Gravy Train Goes East Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann 4 episodes
1993 A King for Burning Jan Bockelson 2 episodes
1995 The All New Alexei Sayle Show Weak Moustache Episode #2.3
1996 Rosa Roth Wietze Episode: "Nirgendwohin"
1996 Rex: A Cop's Best Friend Martin Wolf Episode: "Der Puppenmörder"
1997 Maître Da Costa Walter Mueller 2 episodes
1997 Faust Gerhardt Schulze-Leitner Episode: "Villa Palermo"
1997 Schimanski Klaus Mandel Episode: "Blutsbrüder"
2005 Die Patriarchin Wolf Sevening 3 episodes
2005 Der Elefant: Mord verjährt nie Richard Seemann Episode: "Verlorene Jahre"
2006 Die Spezialisten: Kripo Rhein-Main Andreas Senner Episode: "Schuld und Sühne"
2006 Polizeiruf 110 Dr. Juris Gríns Episode: "Die Lettin und ihr Lover"
2006 Stolberg Paul Büttner Episode: "Kreuzbube"
2007 Der Staatsanwalt Dr. Claudius Tressen Episode: "Glückskinder"
2007 Der letzte Zeuge Dr. Martin York Episode: "Martinspassion"
2007 Unter Verdacht Thomas Sell Episode: "Hase and Igel"
2008 Die Anwälte Herbert Jahn Episode: "Leben und Tod"
2013 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Christoph Waltz/Alabama Shakes"

Awards and nominations

See also


  1. ^ "Pass-Hickhack: Christoph Waltz wird im Eilverfahren zum Österreicher – Nachrichten Kultur" (in Deutsch). 24 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Der Standard: Österreichische Staatsbürgerschaft für Christoph Waltz, 8 August 2010
  3. ^ a b (21 January 2011). "Waltz fühlt sich definitiv als Österreicher – Boulevard". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Miller, Ross (4 December 2014). "The next James Bond film is called Spectre: new car, poster, and full cast confirmed".  
  6. ^ "Mainpost". MAIN-POST. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Myself not least: a confessional autobiography of a psychoanalyst and some explanatory history cases, by Rudolf von Urban, p. 210
  8. ^ Lim, Dennis (12 August 2009). "‘Inglourious’ Actor Tastes the Glory".  
  9. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "4oD Drama". Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael (17 May 2009). "'"Tarantino Reflects On 'Basterds.  
  12. ^ a b "BSFC Award Winners – Recent". Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  13. ^ [1] Oscar Nominations
  14. ^ Film Awards Winners in 2010 - Film Awards - Film - The BAFTA site
  15. ^ 'Inglorious Basterds feature"'". 27 August 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  16. ^ Borys Kit (30 September 2011). "Christoph Waltz Dislocates Pelvic Bone During 'Django Unchained' Training".  
  17. ^ "Christoph Waltz Signs to Star Opposite Michael Douglas in Reykjavik". Hollywood Reporter. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Saperstein, Pat (23 April 2013). "Nicole Kidman, Christopher Waltz, Ang Lee Among Cannes Jury Members".  
  19. ^ Vlaamse Opera | Vlaamse Opera
  20. ^ "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  21. ^ Weinstein sets awards season dates for Big Eyes, Imitation Game and Eleanor Rigby
  22. ^ "Bond 24 title revealed as 'Spectre', Christoph Waltz joins cast". Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  23. ^ Dennis Lim (August 12, 2009). "‘Inglourious’ Actor Tastes the Glory". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  24. ^ Freydkin, Donna (26 January 2010). "At long last, movie stardom shines on Christoph Waltz".  
  25. ^ Profile of Waltz at Global Post
  26. ^ Billington, Alex (2009-08-20). "Interview: Col. Hans 'The Jew Hunter' Landa – Christoph Waltz".  
  27. ^ "Waltz to become Austrian citizen".  
  28. ^ "Waltz to become an Austrian citizen". 26 August 2010. 

External links

  • Christoph Waltz at the Internet Movie Database
  • Christoph Waltz Fans, Official Fan Website
  • Christoph Waltz interviews on Charlie Rose
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Heath Ledger (posthumous)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Succeeded by
Christian Bale
Preceded by
Christopher Plummer
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Succeeded by
Jared Leto
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