Christoph Waltz

BirthDay:

04 Oct 1956

BirthPlace:

Vienna, Austria

Bio:

Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria, to Elisabeth Urbancic, an Austrian-born costume designer, and Johannes Waltz, a German-born stage builder. He has 3 siblings. He was born into a theater family, as his maternal grandmother was Viennese Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was fellow Burgtheater actor Emmerich Reimers. His maternal grandfather, Rudolf von Urban, was a psychologist and psychiatrist who wrote the 1949 book "Sex Perfection and Marital Happiness".

Waltz attended the Theresianium and Billrothstrasse in Vienna. Upon graduation, he attended the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar before going to New York to the Lee Strasberg Institute. While in New York, Christoph met his first wife, and moved back to Vienna, then to London.

During the 80s, Christoph worked primarily in theater, commuting from his home in London to Germany. Slowly he began to work in TV, taking one-off roles on series, and TV movies. Film roles soon followed, however, attempts to break into English-speaking film and TV were unsuccessful. Christoph has stated he is grateful to have made a living and supported his family through acting. For thirty years he worked steadily, tirelessly, in this manner.

It was not until he met Quentin Tarantino that his career in Hollywood took off. The role of Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) catapulted Christoph from a lifetime working in German TV/film to the new life of an international superstar and Academy Award-winning actor. He won 27 awards for his performance as Hans Landa, including the Cannes prix d'interpretation Masculin for 2009, the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, the BAFTA Best Supporting Actor award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (which he won again for 2012's Django Unchained (2012)).

Christoph resides in Berlin and Los Angeles. His wife is costume builder Judith Holste.
Filmography

Actor ( 99 credits )

Alita: Battle Angel (2018) Dr. Dyson Ido
Downsizing (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Captain Brand (rumored)
Tulip Fever (2017) Cornelis Sandvoort
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Captain Rom
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Big Eyes (2014) Walter Keane
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Christopher Waltz
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Hollywood Sessions (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Zero Theorem (2013) Qohen Leth
Epic (2013) Mandrake (voice)
Django Unchained (2012) Dr. King Schultz
It Is No Dream (2012) Theodor Herzl (voice)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself (2013)
The Digital Picture (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Huff Post's BV 365 (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Three Musketeers (2011) Richelieu
Carnage (2011) Alan Cowan
Water for Elephants (2011) August
The Green Hornet (2011) Chudnofsky
Conan (2010)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) Col. Hans Landa
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Die Anwälte (2008)  Herbert Jahn (1 episode, 2008)
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Willkommen Österreich (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lapislazuli - Im Auge des Bären (2006) Czerny
Stolberg (2006)  Paul Büttner (1 episode, 2006)
The Fabulous Picture Show (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
Die Spezialisten: Kripo Rhein-Main (2006)  Andreas Senner (1 episode, 2006)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Der Staatsanwalt (2005)  Dr. Claudius Tressen (1 episode, 2007)
Pact with the Devil (2004) Rolf Steiner
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Der Elefant: Mord verjährt nie (2004)  Richard Seemann (1 episode, 2005)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Gun-shy (2003) Johannsen
Berlin Blues (2003) Arzt
Angst (2003) Analytiker
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2010-2014)
Under Suspicion (2002)  Thomas Sell (1 episode, 2007)
She (2001) Michael Vincey
Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express (2001) Ossama / Tarik
Queen's Messenger (2001) Ben Samm
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) Peter
Falling Rocks (2000) Louis
Die Braut (1999) Herzog Carl August
Love Scenes from Planet Earth (1998) Charly
Sieben Monde (1998) Becker
Der letzte Zeuge (1998)  Dr. Martin York (1 episode, 2007)
Our God's Brother (1997) Max, Maksymilian Gierymski
Maître Da Costa (1997)  Walter Mueller (2 episodes, 1997)
Schimanski (1997)  Klaus Mandel (1 episode, 1997)
Ein Anfang von etwas (1995) Herbert
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2001)
Kulturzeit (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Die Staatsanwältin (1995)  Andreas Döpke
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Kommissar Rex (1994)  Martin Wolf (1 episode, 1996)
Faust (1994)  Gerhardt Schulze-Leitner (1 episode, 1997)
The All New Alexei Sayle Show (1994)  Weak Moustache (1 episode, 1995)
Rosa Roth (1994)  Wietze (1 episode, 1996)
Extra (1994)  Himself - Big Eyes (1 episode, 2014)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe (1991) Jan
St. Petri Schnee (1991)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Quicker Than the Eye (1988) Police Chief
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Wahnfried (1986) Friedrich Nietzsche
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2013)
Tristan and Isolde (1981) Tristan
A Case for Two (1981)  Alf (1 episode, 1985)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
Kopfstand (1981) Markus Dorn
Parole Chicago (1979)  Ede (13 episodes, 1979)
Breakthrough (1979) Sanitäter in der Eröffnungssequenz am Bahnhof beim Verw
The Old Fox (1977)  Christian Kamp / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1990)
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Djesus / ... (1 episode, 2013)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2014)
Derrick (1974)  Eberhard Bothe / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
III nach neun (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Canada A.M. (1972)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Polizeiruf 110 (1971)  Dr. Juris Gríns (1 episode, 2006)
Spectre (0) Franz Oberhauser

Producer ( 1 credit )

The Zero Theorem (2013) co-producer