Christoph Waltz’s biographyThe most charming bastard of the Dream Factory, Christoph Waltz is an extraordinary person and a unique actor. Glory came to Waltz in the Hollywood style, that is instant: the actor woke up world-famous, playing the role of a hunter for the Jews in the Inglorious Basterds.
Early yearsChristoph was born in Vienna on October 4, 1956. Christoph's mother and father were artists at the Vienna Court Burgtheater, where they met, and his grandfather, grandmother, and even great-grandfathers had served as actors in the same theater. When Christoph's father, Johannes Waltz passed away, his mother Elizabeth married the director of Burgtheater, who replaced him with his father.
Career. European originChristoph's theater career was successful but the young actor was attracted by other horizons. After studying at the Lee Strasberg studio in New York, he returned to Austria, where he began acting in films. His first work was the role of Markus in the Headstand 1981 social drama. Though the actor had already turned 25, his character was a teenager. The short, slim young man had a romantic appearance, which didn’t tie-up with extraordinary mental abilities and strong character.
In 1990 the actor played a police detective in the Quicker Than the Eye criminal drama, who is trying to catch a cunning thief, played by legendary Ben Gazzara. In 1995 Waltz took part in the Jacob biblical drama, which starred Matthew Modine, Giancarlo Giannini, and Sean Bean, and in 1996 he played a maniac obsessed with dolls in the third season of the famous TV series Rex: A Cop's Best Friend.
The Austrian in Los AngelesInitially, producers intended the role of the psychopathic Nazi in the Inglorious Basterds for Leonardo DiCaprio but Quentin Tarantino, who was also the author of the plot, insisted that the actor who should play the perceptive Colonel Landa must speak and read verses in several languages: English, German, and French.
Best rolesAfter the extraordinary success of the Inglorious Basterds, already elderly Christoph Waltz was showered with offers. In The Green Hornet action-comedy, the actor played the underworld leader Benjamin Chudnofsky and was accompanied by Seth Rogen, Edward Furlong, and David Harbour, Cameron Diaz also shone in the picture. The film received controversial reviews and reviews from critics, who were incidentally solidar in one thing: Christoph Waltz’s charm and skills are a unique phenomenon in cinema.
Over the next two years the actor starred in the Reykjavik political drama, where he was accompanied by Michael Douglas and Frank Langella, and in The Legend of Tarzan adventure film, where Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie starred.
The 2017 melodrama film the Tulip Fever, based on Deborah Moggach's novel, did not receive any awards or positive reviews but was warmly received by the audience. Christoph Waltz played the ambiguous role of the wealthy Dutchman Cornelis, whose wife was fascinated by the poor artist.
In early 2018 the premiere of the fantastic comedy Downsizing took place. Director Alexander Payne embodied his vision of the future, deserving enthusiastic reviews of film critics. Matt Damon and Hong Chau played alongside Christoph Waltz in the picture.