Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz
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Born (1956-10-04) 4 October 1956 (age 65)
Vienna, Austria
  • Austria
  • Germany
Alma materMax Reinhardt Seminar
OccupationActor, director
Years active1977–present
  • Jacqueline Rauch
  • Judith Holste (m. )
AwardsFull list

Christoph Waltz (German: [ˈkʀɪstɔf ˈvalts]; born 4 October 1956) is an Austrian and German actor. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. Since 2009, he has mainly been active in the United States.[1][2][3]

Waltz' American breakthrough role came in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, in which he played SS officer Hans Landa. He would later collaborate with Tarantino once again in 2012, when he played bounty hunter King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he earned an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa.[4]

Waltz has also starred in Roman Polanski's dark comedy Carnage (2011), Terry Gilliam's science fiction film The Zero Theorem (2013), Tim Burton's biographical film Big Eyes (2014), Alexander Payne's satire Downsizing (2017), and Woody Allen's comedy Rifkin's Festival (2020). Waltz also gained acclaim for his performance as James Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Sam Mendes' Spectre (2015),[5] a role which he reprised in Cary Joji Fukunaga's No Time to Die (2021). For his role as Walter Keane in Big Eyes, he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

In 2020, he starred in the web series Most Dangerous Game and garnered his first Primetime Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. He also provided the voice of Mandrake in Epic (2013) and is set to voice the Fox and the Cat in Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio adaptation (2021). Waltz is also set to appear in the upcoming Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch.

  1. ^ "Pass-Hickhack: Christoph Waltz wird im Eilverfahren zum Österreicher – Nachrichten Kultur" (in German). 24 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Österreichische Staatsbürgerschaft für Christoph Waltz'". Der Standard. 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Waltz fühlt sich definitiv als Österreicher – Boulevard". 21 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Christoph Waltz Wins The Academy Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role". Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ Miller, Ross (4 December 2014). "The next James Bond film is called Spectre: new car, poster, and full cast confirmed". The Verge. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

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