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Christoph Waltz in 2017
Date of BirthOctober 4, 1956 (1956-10-04) ... (63 years)
Place of BirthVienna, Austria
Citizenship Austria
Germany
Profession
Oscar (2010, 2013)
The Golden Globe (2010, 2013)
BAFTA (2010, 2013)
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor (2009)

Kristof Waltz (German Christoph Waltz ˈkrɪstɔf ˈvalts, born October 4, 1956 (1956-10-04), Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian actor who became widely known for playing the role of SS standartenfuhrer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. For the same role he was awarded all kinds of film awards, including the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival Prize.

Later he continued to work with Tarantino, playing in his spaghetti western "Django Unchained". This reincarnation was awarded the second Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

Biography

Christoph Waltz was born into a family of filmmakers (his parents - German Johannes Waltz (born 1922) and Austrian Elisabeth Urbanczyk de (born 1925) - were costume designers, grandfather and grandmother were theater actors). He graduated from the Max Reinhardt Theater Seminar (Acting Department of the Vienna University of Music and Theater), then studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. At the beginning of his career, Agent Waltz warned him against participating in American projects, recalling that in Hollywood, an Austrian actor would be forced to play the Nazis in war films for the rest of his life.

Since the late 1970s, he has been widely shot in various television series, mostly detective ones. He played a small role in the film Krzysztof Zanussi "Life for Life" (1991). The Russian viewer could see him in the Austrian television series Commissar Rex. In 1996, Christoph Waltz played the maniac Martin Wolfe - “Puppet Killer” in the eponymous series 3 season of the series.

However, Waltz got into the focus of attention of the public and specialists only in 2009 in the role of SS standartenfuhrer Hans Landa in the movie “Inglourious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino. For this role, he was recognized as the best actor at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and in January 2010 he was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Also for this role, he received an award from the American Association of Film Critics, a film award from the American Guild of Film Actors, an Academy Award and a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actor.

Remembering his character, Christoph Waltz said:

For me, Landa is especially interesting in that he is an absolutely integral character, he has a lot of heterogeneous features, but they are all harmoniously connected. This unity struck me. Landa is not a boring postmodern, mosaic character, but a living person with a bright character and non-standard mental abilities.

During the filming, I was literally fascinated by the variety of languages ​​that I had to speak. And I was thinking not about languages ​​as such, but about how they relate to the personality of my character, how they influence it. Why does Landa use so many languages ​​and why at certain moments does he abruptly shift from one to another? This is a very interesting phenomenon. It reflects the performative aspect of the language, how it can be used to create the whole world. One man told me that Inglourious Basterds was actually a film about linguistic diversity for him. This picture shows what the language in general and film language in particular are capable of.

For me, Inglourious Basterds, in which the events of the Second World War are clearly distorted, is a kind of response to the recent wave of pseudo-realistic films about the war and the Nazis, many of which were shot in Germany.

Honestly, when I first read the script, doubts overcame me too. It seemed just ridiculous to shoot such a picture. I admit, I even thought: “Are they all crazy?” I shared these thoughts with my agent, to which he replied: “Yes, yes, I understand you. But read the script again and don’t forget that Tarantino removes it. ” I went, bought all of Quentin's films and reviewed them. And only after that I realized that I had lost sight of the main thing. Quentin’s films are not just entertainment, they are real works of art. In them, the director reveals the possibilities of cinema language, uses various techniques and proves that cinema is truly one of the richest and most expressive arts. Realizing this, I read the script again and was delighted this time.

In March 2010, the film company Fox international prods announced that Waltz will direct the film “Up and into the Distance” (German: “Auf und Davon”). The picture will be shot in the genre of comedy.

In 2011, four films were released with the participation of Waltz: the comedy action movie The Green Hornet, the drama Water for Elephants!, The tragicomedy The Massacre, and the adaptation of Dumas' novel The Musketeers, in which Waltz played the role of Cardinal Richelieu.

Collaboration with Tarantino resulted in a new project - the spaghetti western “Django Unchained” (2012), in which Waltz played the role of German King Dr. Schulz, an immigrant from Germany. This extremely positively accepted acting work again brought Waltz the Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Oscar.

In 2013, he joined the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2014 he was elected one of the jury members of the 64th Berlin Film Festival.

On December 1, 2014, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the name star Christoph Waltz appeared for his outstanding contribution to the cinema.

Personal life

Christoph Waltz is divorced. From his first marriage with a psychologist from New York, Jackie Waltz, the actor has three adult children: daughters Miriam and Rachel, and son Leon, who live in Israel. The son of Waltz serves as a rabbi.

At the moment, Christoph lives with costume designer Judit Holste, they have a daughter born in 2005. The actor lives alternately in London, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Through his stepfather, Alexander Steinbrecher, Waltz is associated with the famous Austrian film director Michael Haneke, who also was Steinbreher's stepfather.

Waltz is fluent in English, French and German, and also speaks Italian.

Photo: Christoph Waltz

Career. European start

The next 15 years, Christophe lived in London and received recognition in European cinema, starring in many films and television series, most of which were popular in the actor’s homeland, but did not gain world success.

In 1990, the actor played a police detective in the crime drama "Faster than Lightning", which is trying to catch a cunning thief, whose role was played by the legendary Ben Gazzara. In 1995, Waltz took part in the biblical drama "Jacob", which starred Matthew Modine, Giancarlo Giannini and Sean Bean, and in 1996 played a maniac who was obsessed with dolls in the third season of the famous series "Commissar Rex".

Best Roles

Representing in the form of a note bastard, Waltz did not surprise anyone, but once again proved his skills. Even Margaret Keane herself noted that Christoph grasped the most vicious essence of the personality of her late husband, not bound by moral obligations and ready to betray a loved one for the sake of enrichment.

Over the next two years, the actor starred in the political drama Reykjavik, in which he was accompanied by Michael Douglas and Frank Langella, and in the adventure film Tarzan. Legend ”, which starred Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie.

In Bond's 24th film “007: Spectrum,” the actor played the role of leader of the criminal organization Oberhauser, Daniel Craig played the role of the legendary agent. Also in the picture was the Frenchwoman Lea Seydoux, Ben Wishaw and Monica Bellucci.

The 2017 melodramatic picture “Tulip Fever”, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, received neither awards nor positive reviews, but was generally warmly received by the audience. Christoph Waltz played the ambiguous role of the wealthy Dutchman Cornelis, whose wife was carried away by a poor artist.

The filmography of the actor and the path to fame

Since 1977, Christoph Waltz began performing on the stages of theaters in Vienna and became a member of many theater troupes in Hamburg, Zurich, Frankfurt am Main.

In the early 1980s, he began acting in television series, mostly detective. Many viewers remember him on the Austrian series Commissar Rex, where he played the maniac Martin Wolfe.

And although the producer Waltz dissuaded him from working in Hollywood, claiming that he will play the Nazis there all his life, it was the role of SS standartenfuhrer in the film “Inglourious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino that brought the actor world fame and the Cannes Film Festival award in 2009 and later Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, Christoph Waltz is fluent in German, English and French, which he spoke in Inglourious Basterds, which only increased the interest of the audience.

In March 2010, a major film company invited Waltz to become the director of the comedy "Up and into the Distance." And 2011 was probably the most fruitful for the actor. Four films were released immediately, where he played completely different roles. In The Green Hornet, Waltz appeared in the image of a villain who had lost the sense of time. In the film "Water for Elephants!", Which tells about the Great Depression, he played the charismatic but strict trainer Augustus. Waltz could also play Sigmund Freud in the film The Dangerous Method, but he abandoned the role in favor of Water for the Elephants!

In the "Massacre" of Roman Polansky, Christoph Waltz was played by the wife of the heroine Kate Winslet, and in the film adaptation of the novel "The Musketeers" he played the role of Cardinal Richelieu. In 2012, Waltz again began working with Quentin Tarantino in the film “Django Unchained,” for his role in which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Movies

The biography of Christophe Waltz dates back to the late 1970s. During these years, the artist worked in Vienna and appeared on the stages of several theaters. He was successful, which becomes clear from the list of theatrical stages to which Waltz was invited. Hamburg, Zurich and the Frankfurt Theater were enrolled in their troupes. Christoph had to get his own agent, who helped him deal with the mass of offers and a busy schedule.

Christoph Waltz in the film “Flame and Sword: The Legend of Tristan and Isolde”

The career of Christophe Waltz in cinema began a little later, in the early 1980s. At first, the actor starred in melodramas. In 1982, he was offered a role in the German-Irish project “Flame and Sword: The Legend of Tristan and Isolde”. 26-year-old Waltz and his agent had high hopes for this film. The key character, whose appearance - a blond man with a sky-blue eyes, a young man - certainly had to be remembered by a female audience, could not lose. However, the project failed at the box office.

And then Christoph Waltz, in consultation with his agent, decided to bet on a win-win option - detectives. And to agree not only on good characters, but also on negative ones. This role came to Waltz in 1991. The famous Krzysztof Zanussi offered the Vienna artist a small but vivid role of Maximilian Kolbe in his film "Life for Life".

Christoph Waltz in the series Commissar Rex

The actor played excellently in the detective film "Commissioner Rex", giving consent to the role of maniac Martin Wolfe. The negative character, as agent Waltz suggested, attracted increased attention to the artist. Since then, he regularly starred in Austrian, German, and eventually - French and British TV shows, where language skills came in handy.

The long-awaited fame came to Waltz only in 2008. The work of 42-year-old Christophe was offered by the legendary Quentin Tarantino. It is noteworthy that the actor almost abandoned the role that the famous director offered him. The fact is that Waltz did not like the peculiar interpretation of history. And the proposed character, the Nazi and the villain Hans Landa, did not cause the actor much sympathy. Christophe was able to convince the agent. He drew attention to the main thing - the genius of a Hollywood director.

Christoph Waltz in the movie Inglourious Basterds

The work in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds brought many awards to Christophe Waltz. But the main among them was, of course, the Oscar. It is noteworthy that the Vienna actor was awarded the statuette for the supporting role. And the fact that Waltz left behind such Hollywood stars as Brad Pitt and Til Schweiger brought Christoph to an even greater peak.

The second "Oscar" the Austrian won for the image of the German immigrant, Dr. King Schulz. And again, this was Quentin Tarantino's project. The drama "Django Unchained" was released in 2012 and turned into another movie hit. In addition to the Oscars, Waltz received Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

Today, the rich filmography of this wonderful artist has many vivid roles in sensational paintings. Fans of Christophe Waltz's talent especially celebrate films with his participation Water for Elephants, Three Musketeers, The Massacre and The Green Hornet.

Christoph Waltz in the movie Django Unchained

In 2015, the actor appeared in the spy thriller “007: Spectrum,” the twenty-fourth film about James Bond, the famous super spy, 007 British intelligence agent and hero of a number of novels by Jan Fleming.

The new film becomes a link for previous bondiana paintings. In "007: Spectrum" it is revealed that the antagonists of previous films were in the single organization "Spectrum". This is a global organization, which, among other things, is engaged in total surveillance, including MI6 agents.

Christoph Waltz in the movie "007: Spectrum"

Christoph Waltz played the role of the main antagonist of this film - the head of “Spectrum” Franz Oberhauser. The villain tells Bond that it was he who was behind the failures of James Bond.

Christoph Waltz now

In 2016, Christoph Waltz played a major negative role in the adventure film “Tarzan. Legend". The film joined the series of films based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs about a man brought up by the monkey tribe - Tarzan. At the same time, the film by David Yates is different from the galaxy of films and cartoons filmed before. Previous paintings focused on Tarzan’s life in the jungle and how researchers found the monkey man and brought them to civilized society.

In the new film, John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, who was the very famous Tarzan, lives with his wife in London. Tarzan receives an invitation to visit the Congo to prove the enslavement of the locals, but does not realize that it is a trap. Captain Leon Rum (character of Christoph Waltz) lures Tarzan into the hands of the leader Mbongu, who promised the military a huge amount of diamonds. The cunning plan of the military is to use the money of the leader of the Congo to hire an army and capture the Congo.

But Tarzan, once again in the native jungle, is transforming and is no longer easy prey.

Christoph Waltz in the movie Tulip Fever

In 2017, the actor played the role of Cornelis Sandworth in the British-American drama “Tulip Fever”. The film tells about the 30s of the XVII century. At this time, there was a short-term surge in rush demand for tulips. Prices for rare, variegated varieties were estimated at thousands of guilders per bulb and were available only to a narrow circle of aristocracy and connoisseurs. But later, speculators far from the flower world entered the market. Prices began to rise in a speculative way, even simple varieties of tulips received sky-high prices. This went on for only a couple of years, until the overheated market collapsed.

In December 2017, Christoph Waltz will appear on the screens in the comedy “Decrease”. This is a film by Alexander Payne about an American who, together with his wife, decided to go through the procedure of reducing the body, believing that it will be easier and cheaper to live in miniature bodies. The couple volunteered for the procedure, but at the last moment the wife changed her mind.

In 2018, the actor is scheduled to appear in the fantastic melodramatic action movie "Aelita", which is directed by Robert Rodriguez based on the manga "Aelita Battle Angel" Yukito Kishiro. Christoph Waltz will play the role of Dr. Dyson Ido, who finds a broken cyborg woman (Rosa Salazar). When the cyborg regains consciousness, it turns out that the woman does not remember anything, but owns fighting techniques.

Short biography

Christoph Waltz October 4, 1956 in Vienna in a family of costume designers, and his grandfather and grandmother were theater actors. Therefore, it is not surprising that the boy showed an interest in cinema from childhood. Christophe graduated from the acting department of Vienna University of Music and Theater, and then studied in America, in New York, at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute. Waltz began acting in various television series -

Crime Scene (1970), Police Telephone Number 110 (1971), Derrick (1974-1998), Inspector Kress (1977). Until the age of 53, the name of the actor Christoph Waltzi was little known to the world community. Although he starred in fairly successful projects. For example, he played a small role in Krzysztof Zanussi's film “Life for Life” (1991), and also appeared in the popular Austrian television series “Commissar Rex”. And in 2000, Waltz played along with Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell in the crime comedy The Ordinary Criminal by Tadeus O’Sullivan based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. However, Waltz’s acting career as a whole looked rather dull. “Once I worked with one famous actor, a theater icon in Germany. And he told me: “For 30 years I had 3 roles that were worth it to become an actor.” I was 24 years old then, and I was horrified by such words, the actor recalls. “But he was right.” I won’t have three roles yet, but already one role in Inglourious Basterds was worth going to the actors. ” The role in the cult film of Quentin Tarantino actor Christoph Waltz waited almost his whole life - up to 53 years.

“It all started with a call from a casting agent, whom I did not attach much importance to,” admits Waltz. - Sometimes representatives of Hollywood studios call German actors only because otherwise they cannot count on receiving subsidies for filming from the German government. They call just to tick. I thought it was just such a call, and did not even want to waste time on them. But I was convinced that this is serious. And they even sent a script, which was absolutely amazing. And when I opened it, it just exploded right in my face! However, during the reading I did not leave the sensation of a dirty trick. It seemed to me that everything would end with the fact that they would offer me a role in three remarks. I went to audition, but was skeptical. I went through a couple of samples, and three days later I was approved. The reason is that Quentin is completely independent in decision making. "Bastards" have been waiting for their time for 8 years, but they launched the film within a month. "

Quentin Tarantino as if pulled the actor Waltz out of the swamp and the whole world discovered that in Vienna there was a real genius of dramatic art. In the film about the Second World War, Inglourious Basterds, Christophe played the most cunning and quick-witted SS officer, eclipsing even Brad Pitt with his brilliant work. The actor gathered all the world’s worthy film awards - winning the Cannes Film Festival, receiving an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA. Since then, Waltz’s film career has flashed with bright colors. It’s interesting to look at Waltz in the role of the mafioso in “The Green Hornet” (2010) Michel Gondry, in the image of the tyrannical circus owner in “Water for the Elephants!” (2011) Francis Lawrence, and in the role of the arrogant lawyer in Roman Polanski’s crushing comedy “The Massacre” (2011) ) Quentin Tarantino also filmed his "discovery" in the film "Django Unchained" (2012) - in the role of the German "bounty hunter" who is looking for a runaway slave (Jamie Foxx).

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Oct 04 1956

Christoph Waltz was born into a family of filmmakers (his parents - Johannes Waltz and Elizabeth Urbanczyk - were costume designers, grandfather and grandmother were theater actors). He graduated from the Max Reinhardt Theater Seminar (Acting Department of the Vienna University of Music and Theater), then studied in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute. At the beginning of his career, Agent Waltz warned him against participating in American projects, recalling that in Hollywood, an Austrian actor would be forced to play the Nazis in war films for the rest of his life.

Since the late 1970s, widely.

Christoph Waltz was born into a family of filmmakers (his parents - Johannes Waltz and Elizabeth Urbanczyk - were costume designers, grandfather and grandmother were theater actors). He graduated from the Max Reinhardt Theater Seminar (Acting Department of the Vienna University of Music and Theater), then studied in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute. At the beginning of his career, Agent Waltz warned him against participating in American projects, recalling that in Hollywood, an Austrian actor would be forced to play the Nazis in war films for the rest of his life.

Since the late 1970s, he has been widely shot in various television series, mostly detective ones. He played a small role in the film Krzysztof Zanussi "Life for Life" (1991). The Russian viewer could see him in the famous and popular Austrian television series Commissar Rex. In 1996, Christoph Waltz played the maniac Martin Wolfe - “Puppet Killer” in the eponymous series 3 season of the series.

However, Waltz got into the focus of attention of the public and specialists only in 2009 in the role of SS standartenfuhrer Hans Landa in the movie “Inglourious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino. For this role, he was recognized as the best actor at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and in January 2010 he was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Also for this role, he received an award from the American Association of Film Critics, a film award from the American Guild of Film Actors, an Academy Award and a BAFTA as the best supporting actor.

In March 2010, Fox International Prods announced that Waltz would direct the film “Up and into the Distance” (“Auf und Davon”). The picture will be shot in the genre of comedy.

In 2011, four films were released with the participation of Waltz: the comedy action movie The Green Hornet, the drama Water for Elephants!, The tragicomedy The Massacre, and the adaptation of Dumas' novel The Musketeers, in which Waltz played the role of Cardinal Richelieu.

Collaboration with Tarantino resulted in a new project - the spaghetti western “Django Unchained” (2012), in which Waltz played the role of German King Dr. Schulz, an immigrant from Germany. This extremely positively accepted acting work again brought Waltz Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar.

In 2013, he joined the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2014 he was elected one of the jury members of the 64th Berlin Film Festival.

December 1, 2014 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame appeared the star of Christophe Waltz for his outstanding contribution to the cinema.

Fluent in English, French and German, also speaks Italian. Christoph Waltz is divorced. From his first marriage with a psychologist from New York, Waltz has three adult children: two daughters and a son who live in Israel. The son of Waltz serves as a rabbi. At the moment, Christoph is cohabiting with costume designer Judit Holste, they have a daughter. The actor lives alternately in London and Berlin.

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