Biographic by Steve McGarry for April 07, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria, on October 4, 1956. The son of costume and set designers, he studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institiue in New York. His early credits include extensive stage work and television in Austria and Germany. Despite appearance on Autralian and British TV and a role in the 1995 Catherine Zeta-Jones movie "Catherine the Great," he was virtually unknown outside Germany...until Quentin Tarantino cast him in a starring role in his 2009 movie "Inglourious Basterds." Christophs's portrayal of the murderous Nazi officer Hans Landa in "Inglouriaous Basterds" earned him many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The movie catapulted him to Hollywood stardom. 2011 found him in four very diverse movies: The superhero action comedy "The Green Hornet," the romantic drama "Water for Elephants," a reworking of "the Three Musketeers" - in which he played Cardinal Richelieu - and Roman Polanski's Dark Comedy "Carnage." His portrayal of bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Tarantino's "Django Unchained" earned Waltz even greater acclaim, including his second Oscar and Golden Globe.