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Christoph Waltz
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Name Christoph Waltz
Birth 4 October, 1956 (age 58)
Vienna, Austria
Gender Male
Years Active 1977-present
Nationality German (1956-present);
Austrian (2010-present)
“What makes him so intriguing is exactly that; he’s not driven by an ideology. When people say “Nazi,” it’s such a gross generalization, I feel. And sometimes I feel compelled to say, “Well, he’s not even a Nazi.” Yes, he wears that uniform, but he doesn’t care. Not about Nazi ideology. He’s completely unideological. He just understands how the world turns, and in that way, he’s three steps ahead of everyone else.”
―Christoph Waltz on his character[1]

Christoph Waltz (kristɔf valts); born 4 October 1956) is an Austrian actor, who also holds German citizenship.

He received international acclaim for his portrayal of SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in the 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2009.

Early life Edit

Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria. He is the son of German-born Johannes Waltz and Austrian-born Elisabeth Urbancic, set and stage designers. His maternal grandmother was Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was actor Emmerich Reimers. His great-grandparents also worked in the theatre.

Career Edit

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 2000, he made his directorial debut, with the German-language television production Wenn man sich traut.

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, 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 2012, the only actor to win 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 later played gangster Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet (2011); that same year he starred in Water for Elephants, opposite Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, and in Roman Polanski's Carnage with Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet.

Personal life Edit

Christoph Waltz is fluent in German, French, and English and speaks all three of the languages in Inglourious Basterds. Although Landa also spoke Italian in that movie, he stated on the Adam Carolla Podcast that he does not actually speak it in real life. He is his own voice-actor for German translations.

He has three adult children from a prior marriage, and is raising a young daughter with his wife, costume designer Judith Holste. Waltz currently maintains residences in New York, London, and Berlin.

Nationality Edit

Christoph Waltz is a dual citizen of both Austria and Germany. He considers himself Austrian, calling his German passport a "legal, citizenship law banality". His father held German citizenship, so he was born with German citizenship as well. He became an Austrian citizen after his Oscar win in 2010.

During a press conference he said: "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?"

Filmography Edit

Film and television
Year Title Role
1979 Parole Chicago Eduard "Ede" Bredo TV series, starring role
1982 Fire and Sword Tristan
1986 Wahnfried Friedrich Nietzsche
1988 The Alien Years Stefan Mueller Television
1995 Catherine the Great Mirovich
1996 Inspector Rex Herr Wolf Television
1998 The Final Game Kant
1998 Das merkwürdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Großstädter zur Paarungszeit Charly Television
2000 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Brian
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Peter
2000 Falling Rocks Louis Television
2003 Herr Lehmann Doctor
2007 Die Zürcher Verlobung - Drehbuch zur Liebe Frank 'Büffel' Arbogast Television
2007 Die Verzauberung Dr. Helmut Bahr Television
2008 Das Geheimnis im Wald Hans Kortmann Television
2008 Todsünde Sebastian Flies Television
2008 Das jüngste Gericht Peters Television
2009 Inglourious Basterds Col Hans Landa<tdAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)>Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Empire Award for Best Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor– Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performer
North Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor– Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Village Voice Film Poll– Best Supporting Actor
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Detroit Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor</td>
2011 The Green Hornet Benjamin Chudnofsky/Bloodnofsky Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2011 Water for Elephants August Rosenbluth
2011 The Three Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu
2011 Carnage Alan Cowan<td Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics Society>Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble]]
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture</td>
2012 Django Unchained Dr. King Schultz

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