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Christoph Waltz Biography

Birth Place:
Vienna, Austria
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • The son of costume and production designers, and the fourth generation of a theater-working family, he began acting in plays and independent films at age 19
  • In 1979, traveled to New York and studied Method acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler; later returned to Vienna and took classes at the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar
  • After many stage performances, found steady work in British and Austrian television programs and won praise for his versatile European film roles
  • International acclaim and a Best Actor award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival came with the role of the charming Nazi villain Col
  • Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds

Awards

  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2012Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2012Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up): winner
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Austin Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2009Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Florida Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner

Relationships

  • Miriam -- Daughter
  • Johannes Waltz -- Father
  • Maria Mayen -- Grandmother
  • Elisabeth Urbanicic -- Mother