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Born: October 4, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, director

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A true late bloomer in Hollywood, Christoph Waltz was one of many actors whose genius was overlooked for decades until someone was willing to take a chance on his talent. Quentin Tarantino - himself a fan of the somewhat obscure actor - was just the man to resurrect Waltz's career. A highly regarded stage, television and film actor in Europe since the mid-1970s, Waltz's career finally took off when the irreverent American director tapped him to portray the charming sadist, Colonel Hans Landa, in the highly anticipated production, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009). His layered performance as the multi-lingual, deceptively suave, cold-blooded "Jew Hunter" earned Waltz a coveted Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Suddenly, the Austrian actor was an international star, working with directors like Michel Gondry in the superhero romp "The Green Hornet" (2011) and Roman Polanski in the dark comedy-drama "Carnage" (2011) before rejoining Tarantino and winning a second Academy Award for his role of a bounty hunter in "Django Unchained." After more than 30 years of steady film and television work in Europe, Waltz's considerable talent was finally recognized by a late-to-the-party Hollywood, and American...

A true late bloomer in Hollywood, Christoph Waltz was one of many actors whose genius was overlooked for decades until someone was willing to take a chance on his talent. Quentin Tarantino - himself a fan of the somewhat obscure actor - was just the man to resurrect Waltz's career. A highly regarded stage, television and film actor in Europe since the mid-1970s, Waltz's career finally took off when the irreverent American director tapped him to portray the charming sadist, Colonel Hans Landa, in the highly anticipated production, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009). His layered performance as the multi-lingual, deceptively suave, cold-blooded "Jew Hunter" earned Waltz a coveted Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Suddenly, the Austrian actor was an international star, working with directors like Michel Gondry in the superhero romp "The Green Hornet" (2011) and Roman Polanski in the dark comedy-drama "Carnage" (2011) before rejoining Tarantino and winning a second Academy Award for his role of a bounty hunter in "Django Unchained." After more than 30 years of steady film and television work in Europe, Waltz's considerable talent was finally recognized by a late-to-the-party Hollywood, and American audiences wanted more.

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 Tarzan (2016)
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 Triple Nine (2015)
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 Tulip Fever (2015)
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 Transcendence (2014)
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 Reykjavik (2014)
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 Big Eyes (2014)
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At 19, began appearing in plays and small-budget films
1979:
Moved to New York City to study acting
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Returned to Europe to study at the famed Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna
1982:
Made his stage debut at the prestigious Schauspielhaus Zurich in Switzerland
1982:
Played a lead role in the German film "Feuer und Schwert/Fire and Sword"
1990:
Co-starred as Dr. Hans-Joachim in the British miniseries "The Gravy Train"
1991:
Reprised role in the sequel "The Gravy Train Goes East"
1991:
Appeared in the German version of the film "Leben Fur Leben/Life for Life," about the groundbreaking theologian Father Maximilian
1998:
Played a depressed writer who borrows his publisher's new car and soon attracts the attention of two women in "Das Merkwuerdige Verhalten Geschlectsreifer Grossstaedter Zur Paarungzeist/Love Scenes from Planet Earth"
1999:
Starred as a German tourist in South America entangled in a murder mystery in "Falling Rocks"
2000:
Directed first feature, the TV production "Wenn man sich traut/A Question of Confidence," about a thirty-something couple whose perfect, lighthearted relationship ended when they got married
2009:
Landed breakthrough role as Nazi officer Hans Landa (aka "The Jew Hunter") in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Inglourious Basterds")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("Inglourious Basterds")
2011:
Played the villainous Chudnofsky in the action comedy "The Green Hornet" opposite Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz
2011:
Portrayed August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"
2011:
Cast as Richelieu in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"
2011:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"
2012:
Played a German bounty hunter opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute: New York , New York -
Max Reinhardt Seminar: -

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