Christoph Waltz –

Christoph Waltz in SPECTRE.

Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor, 2012:

movie-poster- Django 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:

movie-poster- Inglourious 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...

Year Movie Role
1981 Kopfstand Markus
1982 Fire and Sword Tristan
1986 Wahnfried Friedrich Nietzsche
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
2000 Falling Rocks Louis
2001 She Leo Vincey's father
2001 Queen's Messenger Ali Ben Samm
2003 Angst Psychoanalyst
2003 Gun-shy Johannsen
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
2011 Carnage Alan Cowan
2012 Django Unchained Dr. King Schultz
2013 Epic Mandrake
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...

Year Show/Series Role
1976 Am dam des (singer)
1977 Der Einstand
1979 Feuer! Karl Albrecht Schlick
1979 Parole Chicago Eduard "Ede" Bredo
1982 The Mysterious Stranger Ernst Wasserman
1982 Dr. Margarete Johnsohn Rainer
1983 Der Sandmann Nathanael
1985 Ein Fall für zwei Alf
1986 The Old Fox Hans Baumeister
1986 Derrick Eberhard Bothe
1986 Lenz oder die Freiheit Franz Sigel
1987 Tatort Inspektor Passini
1987 Das andere Leben Stefan
1988 The Alien Years Stefan Mueller
1988 Derrick Schumann
1989 Goldeneye German spy
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 Jacob Morash
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 Rosa Roth Wietze
1996 Rex: A Cop's Best Friend Martin Wolf
1997 Maître Da Costa Walter Mueller
1997 Faust Gerhardt Schulze-Leitner
1997 Schimanski Klaus Mandel
1998 Vickys Alptraum Johnny
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 Jennerwein Pföderl
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 Stolberg Paul Büttner
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 Todsünde Sebastian Flies
2008 Das jüngste Gericht Peters
2008 Die Anwälte Herbert Jahn
2008 Tatort Gerd Weißenbach
2013 Saturday Night Live Host

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Christoph Waltz include...

Year Movie Award
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.

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Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained (2012)... top picture with Jamie Foxx.
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As Col. Landa the Jew Hunter in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
In Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).
As Walter Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes (2014).
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Waltz in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem (2013)... bottom picture with Melanie Thierry.
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In Carnage (2011)... bottom picture with Kate Winslet.
As Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (2011), with Milla Jovovich.
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With Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants (2011).
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In The Green Hornet (2011).
In Pact With the Devil (Dorian) (2004).
Waltz in Gun-Shy (2003).
Looking particularly young in Parole Chicago (1979).
Making merry in Der Tourist (1996).
In The Gravy Train Goes East (1991).
In The Alien Years (1988).
Christoph Waltz in The Legend of Tarzan (2016).