"That's a bingo!"Christoph Waltz is an Austrian (with a German father and Austrian mother) actor (born 4 October 1956 in Vienna) whose career revolved mainly around theatre and television in Europe... until he was cast as SS Standartenführer Hans Landa (a.k.a. "The Jew Hunter") in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, a groundbreaking role that brought him international fame and acclaim. He has been regularly cast as a villain since, Dr. King Schulz being one of the very rare exceptions. He is fluent in German, French, and English and speaks all three of the languages by himself in both Tarantino movies he appeared in.Waltz has also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice so far, for his roles in the aforementioned Tarantino movies.
His roles include:
- Friedrich Nietzsche in Wahnfried (1986)
- SS Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
- Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet (2011)
- August Rosenbluth in Water for Elephants (2011)
- Cardinal de Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (2011)
- Alan Cowan in Carnage (2011)
- Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012)
- Mandrake in Epic (2013)
- Qohen Leth in The Zero Theorem (2013)
- Walter Keane in Big Eyes (2014)
- Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre (2015)
- Léon Rom in The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Tropes associated with him:
- As Himself: In Muppets Most Wanted, playing the special guest in the Muppets' Berlin show.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Well, not every time, but it sure adds up.
- Cunning Linguist: Aside from his mother language (that is German), he is fluent in French and English.
- Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: He always voices himself in French and German dubs of his movies.
- Softspoken Sadist: Hero or villain, his characters rarely raise their voices or sound rude. Doesn't makes them any less capable... or deadly.
- Wicked Cultured: When he plays villains.