Waltz at the 82nd Academy Awards March 2010
October 4, 1956 |
Christoph Waltz (German pronunciation: ; born October 4, 1956) is an Austrian actor. 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. Waltz will appear as Franz Oberhauser in Spectre, the twenty-fourth James Bond film.
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. 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. 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 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, 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 2009.
The following year, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. 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".
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. 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. 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 will star in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which will open on Christmas Day 2014, and as the villain in Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise.
Waltz has three children with his first wife. He is raising a daughter (b. 2005) with his wife, costume designer Judith Holste. They divide their time between Berlin, London, and Los Angeles.
Waltz is fluent in German (his native language), English, and French, 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. 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?"
|1979||Feurer!||Karl Albrecht Schlick||Television film|
|1982||Fire and Sword||Tristan|
|1982||The Mysterious Stranger||Ernst Wasserman||Television film|
|1982||Dr. Margarete Johnsohn||Rainer||Television film|
|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||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||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||The Beast||Finanzbeamte Fink||Television film|
|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||Jagd auf den Flammenmann||Brisky||Television film|
|2003||Der Fall Gehring||Martin Bach||Television film|
|2003||Zwei Tage Hoffnung||Michael Berg||Television film|
|2003||Tigeraugen sehen besser||Dr. Thilo Rylow||Television film|
|2004||Scheidungsopfer Mann||Benedikt von Arn||Television film|
|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|
|2012||Django Unchained||Dr. King Schultz|
|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|
|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
- "Pass-Hickhack: Christoph Waltz wird im Eilverfahren zum Österreicher – Nachrichten Kultur" (in Deutsch). Welt.de. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Der Standard: Österreichische Staatsbürgerschaft für Christoph Waltz, 8 August 2010
- http://www.focus.de/panorama/boulevard/film-waltz-fuehlt-sich-definitiv-als-oesterreicher_aid_543712.html (21 January 2011). "Waltz fühlt sich definitiv als Österreicher – Boulevard". Focus.de.
- Miller, Ross (4 December 2014). "The next James Bond film is called Spectre: new car, poster, and full cast confirmed".
- "Mainpost". MAIN-POST. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Myself not least: a confessional autobiography of a psychoanalyst and some explanatory history cases, by Rudolf von Urban, p. 210
- Lim, Dennis (12 August 2009). "‘Inglourious’ Actor Tastes the Glory".
- "IMDB". Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "4oD Drama". Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- Fleming, Michael (17 May 2009). "'"Tarantino Reflects On 'Basterds.
- "BSFC Award Winners – Recent". Thebsfc.org. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
-  Oscar Nominations
- Film Awards Winners in 2010 - Film Awards - Film - The BAFTA site
- 'Inglorious Basterds feature"'". Network.nationalpost.com. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- Borys Kit (30 September 2011). "Christoph Waltz Dislocates Pelvic Bone During 'Django Unchained' Training".
- "Christoph Waltz Signs to Star Opposite Michael Douglas in Reykjavik". Hollywood Reporter. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- Saperstein, Pat (23 April 2013). "Nicole Kidman, Christopher Waltz, Ang Lee Among Cannes Jury Members".
- Vlaamse Opera | Vlaamse Opera
- "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- Weinstein sets awards season dates for Big Eyes, Imitation Game and Eleanor Rigby
- "Bond 24 title revealed as 'Spectre', Christoph Waltz joins cast". Retrieved 2014-12-04.
- Dennis Lim (August 12, 2009). "‘Inglourious’ Actor Tastes the Glory". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Freydkin, Donna (26 January 2010). "At long last, movie stardom shines on Christoph Waltz".
- Profile of Waltz at Global Post
- Billington, Alex (2009-08-20). "Interview: Col. Hans 'The Jew Hunter' Landa – Christoph Waltz".
- "Waltz to become Austrian citizen".
- "Waltz to become an Austrian citizen". 26 August 2010.
- Christoph Waltz at the Internet Movie Database
- Christoph Waltz Fans, Official Fan Website
- Christoph Waltz interviews on Charlie Rose
|Awards and achievements|
Heath Ledger (posthumous)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor