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After working in Europe for decades, Christoph Waltz caught the attention of American movie-goers with his critically acclaimed performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" (2006). Acting comes naturally to Waltz, who was born into a theatrical family in Vienna, Austria, on October 4, 1956. He is the son of set designers, and his grandparents were actors. "The one advantage of having grown up in the business is that you don't romanticize it," he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Starting in his late teens, Waltz started working as an actor. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and later at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. In the late 1970s, Waltz spent some time in New York City where he studied method acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

Waltz first found success in the theater, and then on television. He and his wife moved to London in the late 1980s where he appeared in two British miniseries, "The Gravy Train" and "The Gravy Train Goes East." Waltz also starred as Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest and theologian, in 1991's "Leben Fur Leben," a role that earned him great praise. Trying his hand at comedy, Waltz starred in 1998's "Love Scenes from Planet Earth." He then appeared in the 1999 mystery thriller "Falling Rocks."

Shortly before he starting working with Tarantino, Waltz mostly worked in television. He became known mainly for his villainous roles on German crime dramas. "German cop shows are not really what I became an actor for. I had made a lot of compromises over the years, and I had started to doubt myself ... The work with Quentin, it reminded me of why I wanted to be an actor," Waltz told the Hollywood Reporter.

Tarantino was prepared to scrap his film, "Inglorious Basterds" (2009), if he was unable to find the right actor to play Colonel Hans Landa, a multilingual Nazi known to be both charming and deadly. During the audition process, however, Tarantino began to wonder whether he "might have written an unplayable part," according to an interview in The New York Times. But Waltz allayed Tarantino's concerns as he deftly handled the role, which called on him to speak four languages: English, German, French, and Italian.

Waltz had previously turned down other opportunities to play a Nazi. "It wasn't for ideological reasons. It was because they were lousy parts. To do a lousy part and a Nazi? That's a bit much," he explained to Entertainment Weekly. While the film received some mixed reviews, Waltz received nearly universal raves for his work on "Inglorious Basterds." He has won several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Waltz also nabbed the Academy Award in the 2009 for Best Supporting Actor.

After the success of "Inglorious Basterds," Waltz landed a variety of Hollywood film roles. He appeared in "The Green Hornet" (2011) with Seth Rogan as the titular crime fighter. That same year, Waltz starred in the circus drama "Water for Elephants" with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson and in Roland Polanski's dramatic comedy "Carnage" with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.

In 2012, Waltz debuted his latest work with Quentin Tarantino: "Django Unchained." He co-starred with Jamie Foxx in this pre-Civil War western, playing a former-dentist-turned-bounty hunter, who takes a freed slave named Django under his wing. Together they search for Django's wife (Kerry Washington), and work to get her away from her evil owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Waltz picked up his second Academy Award for best supporting actor for his work on the film. In his acceptance speech, he expressed his "unlimited gratitude" to Tarantino and thanked his co-stars in the film.

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Christoph Waltz Biography

After working in Europe for decades, Christoph Waltz caught the attention of American movie-goers with his critically acclaimed performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" (2006). Acting comes naturally to Waltz, who was born into a theatrical family in Vienna, Austria, on October 4, 1956. He is the son of set designers, and his grandparents were actors. "The one advantage of having grown up in the business is that you don't romanticize it," he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Starting in his late teens, Waltz started working as an actor. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and later at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. In the late 1970s, Waltz spent some time in New York City where he studied method acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

Waltz first found success in the theater, and then on television. He and his wife moved to London in the late 1980s where he appeared in two British miniseries, "The Gravy Train" and "The Gravy Train Goes East." Waltz also starred as Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest and theologian, in 1991's "Leben Fur Leben," a role that earned him great praise. Trying his hand at comedy, Waltz starred in 1998's "Love Scenes from Planet Earth." He then appeared in the 1999 mystery thriller "Falling Rocks."

Shortly before he starting working with Tarantino, Waltz mostly worked in television. He became known mainly for his villainous roles on German crime dramas. "German cop shows are not really what I became an actor for. I had made a lot of compromises over the years, and I had started to doubt myself ... The work with Quentin, it reminded me of why I wanted to be an actor," Waltz told the Hollywood Reporter.

Tarantino was prepared to scrap his film, "Inglorious Basterds" (2009), if he was unable to find the right actor to play Colonel Hans Landa, a multilingual Nazi known to be both charming and deadly. During the audition process, however, Tarantino began to wonder whether he "might have written an unplayable part," according to an interview in The New York Times. But Waltz allayed Tarantino's concerns as he deftly handled the role, which called on him to speak four languages: English, German, French, and Italian.

Waltz had previously turned down other opportunities to play a Nazi. "It wasn't for ideological reasons. It was because they were lousy parts. To do a lousy part and a Nazi? That's a bit much," he explained to Entertainment Weekly. While the film received some mixed reviews, Waltz received nearly universal raves for his work on "Inglorious Basterds." He has won several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Waltz also nabbed the Academy Award in the 2009 for Best Supporting Actor.

After the success of "Inglorious Basterds," Waltz landed a variety of Hollywood film roles. He appeared in "The Green Hornet" (2011) with Seth Rogan as the titular crime fighter. That same year, Waltz starred in the circus drama "Water for Elephants" with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson and in Roland Polanski's dramatic comedy "Carnage" with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.

In 2012, Waltz debuted his latest work with Quentin Tarantino: "Django Unchained." He co-starred with Jamie Foxx in this pre-Civil War western, playing a former-dentist-turned-bounty hunter, who takes a freed slave named Django under his wing. Together they search for Django's wife (Kerry Washington), and work to get her away from her evil owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Waltz picked up his second Academy Award for best supporting actor for his work on the film. In his acceptance speech, he expressed his "unlimited gratitude" to Tarantino and thanked his co-stars in the film.

Christoph Waltz Videos

  • Christoph Waltz Gives Jimmy Fallon a German Words Quiz - YouTube
    Christoph Waltz puts Jimmy to the test with a quiz on the definitions of long German words, like "bezirksschornsteinfegermeister." Subscribe ...
  • Christoph Waltz Discusses Acting - YouTube
    Christoph Waltz talks about acting and how people see characters.

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  • How to book Christoph Waltz?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Christoph Waltz for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Christoph Waltz, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Christoph Waltz or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Christoph Waltz?

    Booking fees for Christoph Waltz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Christoph Waltz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Christoph Waltz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Christoph Waltz for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Christoph Waltz for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Christoph Waltz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Christoph Waltz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Christoph Waltz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Christoph Waltz for your event is available upon request. Christoph Waltz generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michael Sheen, Armie Hammer, Sam Rockwell, Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Christoph Waltz for an upcoming event.

Christoph Waltz Speaker Videos

  • Christoph Waltz Gives Jimmy Fallon a German Words Quiz - YouTube
    Christoph Waltz puts Jimmy to the test with a quiz on the definitions of long German words, like "bezirksschornsteinfegermeister." Subscribe ...
    Christoph Waltz Discusses Acting - YouTube
    Christoph Waltz talks about acting and how people see characters.

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