Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz


Life Story

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa.


Judith Holste (? - present) (1 child)
Jackie (? - ?) (divorced) (3 children)


Is fluent in English, French and German. Is skilled at mimicking Italian speech.
Made his stage debut at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich (1982).
Is divorced from his first wife, Jackie, a psychotherapist. They have three adult children: Miriam, Leon and Rachel.
Studied acting at the Max Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York.
Son of set designers Elisabeth Urbancic and Johannes Waltz.
His grandparents were actors.
His son from his first marriage is a rabbi, a daughter from his first marriage is an architect.
Lives in London, but his longtime companion, costume designer Judith Holste, and their daughter live in Berlin.

Personal Quotes 

[on working in Hollywood] In Europe, everybody would say, "Well, they just want to squeeze you like a lemon." Well, yeah! But, you know, if I have the juice, why shouldn't they?
[on being typecast] Nobody's talking about that. I get interest coming my way from many different directions. I'd hate to pigeon-hole myself. The variety is what's interesting.
I know what I can contribute. And that's a very limited, very specific unit, whether it's a big movie, a small movie, a German movie, an American movie. That's the advantage I have over a 25-year-old. I've had the chance to understand what it is I do.
The one advantage of having grown up in the business is that you don't romanticize it. "Oh, isn't it wonderful?" Blah, blah, blah. No, it isn't! I've never romanticized it. But on the other hand, the conviction, the dedication that you see here, is tremendous. It would be awful if the whole business consisted of grouchy farts like me.



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