Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

Actor

Biography

Christoph Waltz (born 4 October 1956) is an Austrian-German actor. Waltz is widely known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving critical acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (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 portrayed computer genius Qohen Leth in the sci-fi film The Zero Theorem (2013), American plagiarist Walter Keane in the biographical film Big Eyes (2014), and James Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre (2015), the twenty-fourth Bond film. Waltz was born in Vienna, the son of 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 of dreams.

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