Christoph Waltz Actor Bio
Name: Christoph Waltz
Date/Place of Birth: October 4th, 1956; Vienna, Austria
Brief Bio: Christoph Waltz was born into the theatre, as they say, the son of Johannes Waltz, a German stage-builder, and Elisabeth Urbancic, an Austrian costume designer. In his youth, he attended the boarding school Theresianium, and later attended Billrothstrasse. After graduation he became a student at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, the School of Drama at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and then moved to New York for the Lee Strasberg Institute. There, he met his first wife Jackie, and moved back to Vienna before finally landing in London.
Waltz worked predominantly in theatre throughout the 80s, regularly commuting from London to Germany for his roles. Over the course of his career, he slowly transitioned into television, taking one-off roles in series and television movies. Despite thirty years of experience, he could not seem to cross over into the realm of English film, though his work in this time period was steady.
As fate would have it, a single role in a Quentin Tarantino film turned him into an international superstar; anyone who has watched Inglorious Basterds (2009) can recognize the charming and ruthlessly cunning character of Hans Landa, the Standartenfuhrer responsible for locating and exterminating Jews in occupied France. Titled “The Jew Hunter” by his peers and prey, Hans made moviegoers sweat in their seats owing to his keen eye for deception, which even the Basterds themselves weren’t immune to. The role earned him 27 awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the BAFTA Best Supporting Actor Award, the Cannes prix d’interpretation Masculin for 2009, and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
His success carried on with Quentin Tarantino’s amusingly violent spaghetti Western-style revenge film, Django Unchained (2012), in which Waltz played the role of Dr. King Schultz, a former dentist turned bounty hunter who helps reunite a freed slave with his wife. Armed with his distinctive accent and his intrinsic jovial charm, Christoph Waltz is a joy to watch in any role, regardless of how amusingly violent it may be.
Water for Elephants (2011) – August
The Three Musketeers (2011) – Richelieu
The Zero Theorem (2013) – Qohen Leth