Christoph Waltz

Actor, Director
A true late bloomer in Hollywood, Christoph Waltz was one of many actors whose genius was overlooked for decades until someone was willing to take a chance on his talent. Quentin Tarantino - himself a fan of the ... Read more »
Born: 10/04/1956 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (37)

Tarzan 2016 (Movie)

Captain Leon Rom (Actor)

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

Franz Oberhauser (Actor)

Tulip Fever 2015 (Movie)

Cornelis (Actor)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

Walter Keane (Actor)

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

Bert Hanson (Actor)

Kopfstand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers 2013 (Movie)

Menachem Begin (Voice)

The Zero Theorem 2013 (Movie)

Qohen Leth (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Dr. King Schultz (Actor)

It's No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl 2012 (Movie)

Theodor Herzl (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

Alan Cowen (Actor)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

Chudnofsky (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 2011 (Movie)

Cardinal Richelieu (Actor)

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

August (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

Col Hans Landa (Actor)

Lapislazuli: Im Auge des Bären 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Alte Affe Angst 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gun Shy 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Love Scenes from Planet Earth 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sieben Monde 1999 (Movie)

Becker (Actor)

Our God's Brother 1997 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Goldeneye 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Leben fur Leben - Maximilian Kolbe 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tristan Und Isolde 1980 (Movie)

Tristan (Actor)

Jacob (TV Show)

Actor

The Mysterious Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A true late bloomer in Hollywood, Christoph Waltz was one of many actors whose genius was overlooked for decades until someone was willing to take a chance on his talent. Quentin Tarantino - himself a fan of the somewhat obscure actor - was just the man to resurrect Waltz's career. A highly regarded stage, television and film actor in Europe since the mid-1970s, Waltz's career finally took off when the irreverent American director tapped him to portray the charming sadist, Colonel Hans Landa, in the highly anticipated production, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009). His layered performance as the multi-lingual, deceptively suave, cold-blooded "Jew Hunter" earned Waltz a coveted Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Suddenly, the Austrian actor was an international star, working with directors like Michel Gondry in the superhero romp "The Green Hornet" (2011) and Roman Polanski in the dark comedy-drama "Carnage" (2011) before rejoining Tarantino and winning a second Academy Award for his role of a bounty hunter in "Django Unchained." After more than 30 years of steady film and television work in Europe, Waltz's considerable talent was finally recognized by a late-to-the-party Hollywood, and American audiences wanted more.

Relationships

Judith Holste

Wife

Maria Mayen

Grandmother

Emmerich Reimers

Grandfather

Elizabeth Urbancic Costume Designer

Mother

Johannes Waltz

Father

EDUCATION

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

New York , New York
Studied with teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler

Max Reinhardt Seminar

Studied singing and opera

Milestones

2012

Played a German bounty hunter opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2011

Portrayed August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"

2011

Played the villainous Chudnofsky in the action comedy "The Green Hornet" opposite Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz

2011

Cast as Richelieu in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"

2011

Co-starred with Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Inglourious Basterds")

2009

Landed breakthrough role as Nazi officer Hans Landa (aka "The Jew Hunter") in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"

2000

Directed first feature, the TV production "Wenn man sich traut/A Question of Confidence," about a thirty-something couple whose perfect, lighthearted relationship ended when they got married

1999

Starred as a German tourist in South America entangled in a murder mystery in "Falling Rocks"

1998

Played a depressed writer who borrows his publisher's new car and soon attracts the attention of two women in "Das Merkwuerdige Verhalten Geschlectsreifer Grossstaedter Zur Paarungzeist/Love Scenes from Planet Earth"

1991

Reprised role in the sequel "The Gravy Train Goes East"

1991

Appeared in the German version of the film "Leben Fur Leben/Life for Life," about the groundbreaking theologian Father Maximilian

1990

Co-starred as Dr. Hans-Joachim in the British miniseries "The Gravy Train"

1982

Made his stage debut at the prestigious Schauspielhaus Zurich in Switzerland

1982

Played a lead role in the German film "Feuer und Schwert/Fire and Sword"

1979

Moved to New York City to study acting

At 19, began appearing in plays and small-budget films

Returned to Europe to study at the famed Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna

Bonus Trivia

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Waltz was fluent in German, French and English.

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