About Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz is a professional actor and a director known for his role as SS officer Hans Landa in the film Inglorious Basterds, and his other prominent role is in the film Django Unchained as Dr. King Schultz.

Quick Info
Full nameChristoph Waltz
Date of Birth4 October 1956
Birth PlaceVienna, Austria
Parent(s)Johannes and Elizabeth Urbancic Waltz
OccupationActor, Director
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Rauch (div.)
Judith Holste (m.)
Net worth US $30 million

Early life

Waltz was born on 4th October of 1956, in the capital city of Austria, Vienna. He was taken to Johannes and Elizabeth Urbancic Waltz. Both his parents were working in the film industry as a set designer and costume designer. His grandparents were also from the entertainment industry and were professional actors and actresses of their time. As for his grandparents from his mother’s side, they were also famous in their fields. His grandfather was Rudolf von Urban, a renowned psychiatrist from Austria and even Sigmund Freud’s student. Waltz’s stepfather’s name is Alexander Steinbrecher, who was a conductor as well as composer.

Christoph Waltz grew up in Vienna and studied there. He was always a fan of opera since his youth and wanted to be an opera singer but gave up his opera career after joining the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, thinking his voice is not suitable for opera. He graduated from the private school, Theresianum, and joined the Max Reinhardt Seminar to study acting in Vienna. Later on, Waltz moved to New York to achieve further acting career where he became a student of Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.

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Like many other actors, he also started acting from theatres. He made his debut in German-based theatre, Schauspielhaus, after which he started appearing in films and televisions.


Christoph Waltz made his film debut in 1979 from the film Breakthrough as a paramedic. He then played the leading role in the German romance film Fire and Sword, portraying Tristan’s character in 1982. In 1986, he played the role of Friedrich Nietzsche in the film German-French film, Wahnfried. He then made small appearances in films like Quicker Than the Eye as police Chief in 1988, Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe as Jan Tietz in 1992, The Start of Something as Herbert in 1995.

In 2004, he starred in the Canadian-British film, Pact with the Devil as Rolf Steiner after appearing in various hit films like Death, deceit, and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express, She, Angst, Falling Rocks, Gun-Shy.

Christoph Waltz made his breakthrough in 2009 after appearing in the film, Inglorious Basterds as Hans Land afro, in which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He starred in the movie, The Green Hornet, Water for Elephants, The Three Musketeers, and Carnage, all in 2011.

In 2012, he won his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Django Unchained. The following year, he voiced for the character Mandrake in an animated film, Epic. He also starred and co-produced the science fiction film, The Zero Theorem in 2013. In 2015, he appeared in the James Bond series movie, Spectre playing the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and he will appear in another James Bond film, No Time to Die, in 2021.

Christoph Waltz made his directorial debut in 2019 from the crime drama film Georgetown, where he also starred as Ulrich Mott.

Christoph Waltz


Christoph Waltz made his TV debut before making his film debut. He has appeared more in German-based Tv series rather than English. He made his debut from the Am dam des in 1977 as a singer. He then appeared in Der Einstand, Feuer! and landed the leading role in the TV series Parole Chicago, where he portrayed Eduard “Ede” Bredo, and the series was premiered in 1979. He then appeared in English based TV series, The Mysterious Stranger as Ernst Wasserman in 1982. He made his second appearance in English TV series in 1988, The Alien Years as Stefan Mueller, after appearing in various German Tv series like Ein Fall fur Zwei, The Old Fox, Derrick, Tatort, and so on.

In 1989, he appeared in the British TV film, Goldeneye as a German spy. He then appeared in 4 episodes of The Gravy Train in 1990 as Dr. Hans Joachim Dorfmann. Following years, he appeared in The Gravy Train Goes East as the same character as in the first series. In 2013, he hosted the episode “Christoph Waltz/Alabama Shakes” of Saturday Night Live.

In 2020, Christoph Waltz landed a significant role in the American action web TV series, Most Dangerous Game portraying the character of Miles Sellars. He appeared in a total of 15 episodes of the series.


Personal life

Christoph Waltz is currently committed to Judith Holste, a German designer, and they together have a daughter. Before marrying Holste, he was a divorcee committed to Jacqueline Rauch and had three children of their own. They together had a son named Leon Waltz and two daughters, namely Miriam Waltz and Rachel Waltz. His previous marriage lasted for about 12 years.

Waltz is not a social media user, so it’s hard to know what he is doing daily.  He once stated how he hates taking selfies and posting to social media.

Christoph Waltz can speak German, French and Italian language, among which he is fluent in German and French. He has shown his language skills in films like Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds.

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Physical statistics & others

Christoph Waltz has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and a body weight of around 66 kg. He celebrated his 64th birthday this year (2020), and he is still active in the film industry and doing well. He still possesses a healthy and fabulous body.

Waltz has the natural blonde hair, but it has grown to white now since he is already 60s. He has a dark brown eye and a small triangular face. He belongs to white ethnicity, and his zodiac sign is Libra.


Net worth

As of 2020, Christoph Waltz has a net worth of 30 million dollars. Being the owner of 2 Oscar awards and the only Austrian to have made such achievements, it seems legit for his net worth to hit 30 million dollars.