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Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor, 2012: MovieActors.comDjango Unchained (Drama, Western – Rated R)
Christoph Waltz won his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Django Unchained.
Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, an ex-dentist turned bounty hunter from Düsseldorf, Germany. He buys the freedom of Django (Jamie Foxx) with the intention of training him to be his deputy bounty hunter. The two men set forth on a journey through the American south to rescue Django's wife (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor, 2009: MovieActors.comInglourious Basterds (Adventure, Drama, War – Rated R)
Christoph Waltz won his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Inglourious Basterds.
Waltz plays the cunning and sadistic Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, "The Jew Hunter", who specializes in searching the homes of German-occupied lands during World War II for fugitive Jews.
About Christoph Waltz (1956 – )
Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, the son of German-born Johannes Waltz and Austrian-born Elisabeth Urbancic, set and costume designers. His maternal grandfather, Rudolf von Urban, was a psychiatrist and psychologist who wrote the book Sex Perfection and Marital Happiness. His maternal grandmother was Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was actor Emmerich Reimers. His great-grandparents also worked in theatre.
Waltz studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. In the late 1970s, Waltz spent some time in New York City where he studied method acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. 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. 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.
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". Waltz received the Best Actor Oscar 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, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and for Best Supporting Actor at the 67th Golden Globe Awards and the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2010.
The following month he won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. As of 2015, he is the only actor to have won an Academy Award for playing a character 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".
Waltz played gangster Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet; 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, a role Tarantino wrote specifically for Waltz. During a training accident prior to filming, Waltz injured his pelvis. 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.
Waltz has been cast as the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the film Reykjavik, based on the 1986 peace talks between the United States and USSR. In April 2013, he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In late 2013, he directed a production of the opera Der Rosenkavalier at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2014, he was selected as a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. He starred as Walter Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which opened in December of 2014, and appeared as the villain in Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise.
Waltz has three children with his former wife. He is raising a daughter (b. 2005) with his second wife, costume designer Judith Holste. They split their time among Berlin, London, and Los Angeles.
Waltz's native language is German and he is fluent in English and French. He speaks all three of these in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, and although his character in Inglourious Basterds also speaks Italian, Waltz revealed on Adam Carolla's 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 citizen of Germany after his birth. He received Austrian citizenship in 2010, thus holding citizenships of both Austria and Germany, but considers his German passport a "legal, citizenship law banality". 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?"
Christoph Waltz's movie credits include...
|1982||Fire and Sword||Tristan|
|1988||Quicker Than the Eye||Police Chief|
|1991||Życie za życie. Maksymilian Kolbe||Jan Tytz|
|1995||Ein Anfang von etwas||Herbert|
|1997||Our God's Brother||Maksymilian Gierymski|
|1998||Sieben Monde||Kommissar Becker|
|1998||Love Scenes from Planet Earth||Charly|
|1999||Die Braut||Duke Karl August|
|2000||Wenn man sich traut|
|2000||Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express||Tarik|
|2000||Ordinary Decent Criminal||Peter|
|2001||She||Leo Vincey's father|
|2001||Queen's Messenger||Ali Ben Samm|
|2003||Berlin Blues (also known as Herr Lehmann)||Doctor|
|2004||Pact with the Devil (also known as Dorian)||Rolf Steiner|
|2006||Lapislazuli – im Auge des Bären||Czerny|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Standartenführer Hans Landa|
|2011||The Green Hornet||Benjamin Chudnofsky|
|2011||Water for Elephants||August Rosenbluth|
|2011||The Three Musketeers||Cardinal Richelieu|
|2012||Django Unchained||Dr. King Schultz|
|2013||The Zero Theorem||Qohen Leth|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Himself|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Burt Hanson|
|2014||Big Eyes||Walter Keane|
|2015||Spectre||Ernst Stavro Blofeld|
|2016||The Legend of Tarzan||Captain Rom|
|2016||Tulip Fever||Cornelis Sandvoort|
Christoph Waltz's television credits include...
|1976||Am dam des||(singer)|
|1979||Feuer!||Karl Albrecht Schlick|
|1979||Parole Chicago||Eduard "Ede" Bredo|
|1982||The Mysterious Stranger||Ernst Wasserman|
|1982||Dr. Margarete Johnsohn||Rainer|
|1985||Ein Fall für zwei||Alf|
|1986||The Old Fox||Hans Baumeister|
|1986||Lenz oder die Freiheit||Franz Sigel|
|1987||Das andere Leben||Stefan|
|1988||The Alien Years||Stefan Mueller|
|1990||The Gravy Train||Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann|
|1990||The Old Fox||Christian Kamp|
|1991||The Gravy Train Goes East||Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann|
|1992||5 Zimmer, Küche, Bad||Hartwig Klemmnitz|
|1992||Die Angst wird bleiben||Manfred|
|1993||König der letzten Tage (also known as A King for Burning)||John of Leiden|
|1994||Tag der Abrechnung – Der Amokläufer von Euskirchen||Erwin Mikolajczyk|
|1994||Die Staatsanwältin||Andreas Doepke|
|1995||The All New Alexei Sayle Show||Weak Moustache|
|1995||Prinz zu entsorgen||Roman|
|1995||Man(n) sucht Frau||Christoph|
|1995||Catherine the Great||Mirovich|
|1996||Der Tourist||Stephan Görner|
|1996||Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story||Roy Black|
|1996||Rex: A Cop's Best Friend||Martin Wolf|
|1997||Maître Da Costa||Walter Mueller|
|1998||Schock – Eine Frau in Angst||Kommissar Kaul|
|1998||The Final Game||Kant|
|1998||Rache für mein totes Kind||Paul|
|1998||Mörderisches Erbe – Tausch mit einer Toten||Moritz Fink|
|1999||Dessine-moi un jouet||Klaus Hermann|
|2000||The Beast (also known as Das Teufelsweib)||Herbert Fink|
|2001||Engel sucht Flügel||Caspari|
|2001||Riekes Liebe||Ice dancing coach Karlhoff|
|2001||Der Tanz mit dem Teufel||Dieter Cilov|
|2002||Dienstreise – Was für eine Nacht||Klaus-Dieter Lehmann|
|2002||Weihnachtsmann gesucht||Johannes Böhmke|
|2003||Jagd auf den Flammenmann||Brisky|
|2003||Der Mörder ist unter uns (also known as Der Fall Gehring)||Martin Bach|
|2003||Zwei Tage Hoffnung||Michael Berg|
|2003||Tigeraugen sehen besser||Dr. Thilo Rylow|
|2004||Scheidungsopfer Mann||Benedikt von Arn|
|2004||Mörderische Suche||Richard Benedek|
|2004||Schöne Witwen küssen besser||Jean-France|
|2005||Die Patriarchin||Wolf Sevening|
|2005||Der Elefant: Mord verjährt nie||Richard Seemann|
|2006||SOKO Rhein-Main||Andreas Senner|
|2006||Polizeiruf 110||Dr. Juris Gríns|
|2006||Tatort||Prof. Robert Henze|
|2006||Franziskas Gespür für Männer||Karl Löwen|
|2007||Der Staatsanwalt||Dr. Claudius Tressen|
|2007||Der letzte Zeuge||Dr. Martin York|
|2007||Unter Verdacht||Thomas Sell|
|2007||Die Zürcher Verlobung – Drehbuch zur Liebe||Frank "Büffel" Arbogast|
|2007||Die Verzauberung||Dr. Helmut Bahr|
|2008||Das Geheimnis im Wald||Hans Kortmann|
|2008||Das jüngste Gericht||Peters|
|2008||Die Anwälte||Herbert Jahn|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Host|
Academy Nominations/Awards won by Christoph Waltz include...
|2012||Django Unchained||Best Supporting Actor|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Best Supporting Actor|
Memorable Quotes by Christoph Waltz
[on being typecast] “Nobody's talking about that. I get interest coming my way from many different directions. I'd hate to pigeon-hole myself. The variety is what's interesting.”
“I know what I can contribute. And that's a very limited, very specific unit, whether it's a big movie, a small movie, a German movie, an American movie. That's the advantage I have over a 25-year-old. I've had the chance to understand what it is I do.”
“The one advantage of having grown up in the business is that you don't romanticize it. "Oh, isn't it wonderful?" Blah, blah, blah. No, it isn't! I've never romanticized it. But on the other hand, the conviction, the dedication that you see here, is tremendous. It would be awful if the whole business consisted of grouchy farts like me.”
“[on advice a dog trainer once gave him that can apply to him as well] The better the dog, the busier you have to keep him. I'm arrogant and blasé enough to consider myself a very good dog. You take pride in what you're doing, in your craft, and all of that, but -- I wouldn't say I resigned myself to mediocrity, not at all, but I started to accept that there might be an ideal you strive for (and) never realize.”
“Over there [Germany], the business is based on mediocrity. On a high level, admittedly, but mediocrity. You reach a certain level, beyond which you will not go. Not just in career but in challenges and opportunity. It's interesting for the specific issue of how to cope with an actor's life. To lead an actor's life. What do you do if you have a stretch of five years where you only get mediocre offers and nothing to sink your teeth into? That's where it is difficult.”
[on comedy] “As long as you take it seriously, you can do it. But in a movie, because comedy is so much timing and rhythm, all of that is most established in editing. I can say a complete straight sentence, just neutral and straight, and a good editor can turn it into a funny or sad thing. Because that's the beauty of movies, nothing works in itself.”
Things You May Not Know About Christoph Waltz
Is fluent in English, French and German. Is skilled at mimicking Italian speech.
His son from his first marriage is a rabbi, a daughter from his first marriage is an architect.
Was originally cast as Sigmund Freud in A Dangerous Method (2011), but dropped out of the project in order to film Water for Elephants. Viggo Mortensen was later cast instead.
Is one of four consecutive Oscar winners in the Best Supporting Actor category whose name begins with Chris, the other actors being Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer. Waltz won twice.
As of 2013, he is only one of 6 actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire; Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet and Airport; Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty; and Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.
Along with Christopher Walken in A View To A Kill and Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Christoph is one of three Oscar-winning actors to play a main Bond villain. Benicio Del Toro, who appeared in License to Kill as a henchman of the main villain, won his Oscar after appearing in the Bond film.