Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German note actor (born 4 October 1956 in Vienna).
His 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. He is fluent in German, French, Italian and English and speaks all four 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 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)
- James Bond as Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld
- Léon Rom in The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
- Dusan Mirkovic in Downsizing (2017)
- Cornelius in Tulip Fever (2017)
- Dr. Dyson Ido in Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
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. Even his more heroic roles aren't safe. At least one of his roles allows him to play not only a bona-fide (anti)hero, but keeps him alive in the end.
- Smug Smiler: One of his characteristic traits are his slightly tilted lips, giving this impression. They're effective when he's playing villains.
- Soft-Spoken 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, they tend to be cultured and versed in several languages.