Christoph Waltz Biography
Christoph Waltz born 4 October 1956 is a German-Austrian actor. Waltz is widely known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving critical acclaim for portraying SS officer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds in 2009 and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For both performances, he earned an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Waltz also received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa.
Waltz was born in Vienna, to Johannes Waltz and Elisabeth Urbancic, set and costume designers, from Germany and Austria respectively. 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’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 spoke Italian, Waltz said on the Adam Carolla Podcast that he is not fluent in Italian. 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 Height
He is 1.7 metres tall.
Christoph Waltz Family
Waltz has three children with his former wife. He is raising a daughter born in 2005 with his second partner, costume designer Judith Holste. They divide their time among Berlin, London, and Los Angeles.
Christoph Waltz Wife
He is married to costume designer Judith Holste.
Christoph Waltz Career
Waltz studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Waltz spent some time in New York City where he studied method acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler in the late 1970s . 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. He made his directorial debut, in 2000, 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 2010.
The following month, he won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 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 in the year 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 (2012), 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. He directed a production of the opera Der Rosenkavalier at the Vlaamse Opera, in Antwerp in late 2013, and in Ghent early 2014. 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 on 25 December 2014, and appeared as the villain in Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise.
It was announced in 2015, that Waltz will direct and star in the film The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, which is based on the true crime story of the murder of Viola Drath. He portrayed lead villain Captain Leon Rom, a corrupt Belgian captain, in July 2016,in the reboot The Legend of Tarzan. In 2017, Waltz appeared in the films Tulip Fever and Downsizing. In 2018, Waltz is set to appear in the action fantasy Alita: Battle Angel. He directed a production of the opera Falstaff, again at the Vlaamse Opera, in Antwerp in late 2017, and in Ghent early 2018.
Christoph Waltz Movies
- Fire and Sword
- Quicker Than the Eye
- Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe
- The Start of Something
- Our God’s Brother
- Seven Moons
- Love Scenes from Planet Earth
- The Bride
- Ordinary Decent Criminal
- Falling Rocks
- Queen’s Messenger
- Inglourious Basterds
- The Green Hornet
- Water for Elephants
- The Three Musketeers
- Muppets Most Wanted
- The Legend of Tarzan
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Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Taika Waititi Set for Venice Jury Duty
Updated On: 26th July 2018
Actors Naomi Watts and Christoph Waltz and filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) have joined the main jury of the Venice Film Festival, which will be presided over by director Guillermo del Toro, the winner of last year’s Golden Lion for “The Shape of Water.”
Also on the panel are Taiwan’s Sylvia Chang, director of “Love Education,” which opened last year’s Tokyo FILMeX fest; Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who was in Venice last year as the star of “Nico, 1988”; French director-actor Nicole Garcia (“Place Vendome”); Italian director Paolo Genovese (“Perfect Strangers”); and Poland’s Malgorzata Szumowska, director of “Mug,” which won this year’s Berlin Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.
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Waltz was on the Lido last year as one of the stars of opener “Downsizing.” Watts was in Venice in 2016 with boxing drama “The Bleeder,” directed by Liev Schreiber. It will be Waititi’s first appearance on the Venice red carpet.
Greek director and producer Athina Tsangari has been tapped to preside over the jury of the festival’s Horizons section for cutting-edge works. Joining her are U.S. director and producer Michael Almereyda (“Marjorie Prime”); Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria (“Avalanche”); Egyptian producer and Cairo Film Festival artistic director Mohamed Hefzy; Canadian writer-director Alison Maclean (“The Rehearsal”); and Italian director Andrea Pallaoro. Pallaoro was in the Venice competition last year with Charlotte Rampling-starrer “Hannah.”
U.S. director Ramin Bahrani, who directed HBO’s recent “Fahrenheit 451” adaptation, will head the jury awarding Venice’s Lion of the Future prize, which recognizes the best first work from any section at the festival. Bahrani’s fellow jurors are Italian actor Carolina Crescentini; Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania (“Beauty and the Dogs”); Japanese film academic and festival director Hayashi Kanako; and Argentine director Gaston Solnicki, whose experimental “Kékszakállú” was in Horizons in 2016.
The jury of Venice’s section for Virtual Reality works will be headed by Danish director Susanne Bier, with Italian writer Alessandro Baricco and French actress Clémence Poésy as the other jurors. They will assign prizes for Best VR Immersive Story, Best VR Experience for interactive content, and VR Story for linear content, out of the 30 entries competing in this groundbreaking section. The 75th edition of Venice will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.