Christoph Waltz


Christoph Waltz (born October 4, 1956) is an Austria actor and director, who’s been mainly active in the United States since 2009. His breakout American role came in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds (2009), with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent; where he played SS officer Hans Landa. He would later collaborate with Tarantino once again with Django Unchained (2012), with Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson; where he played bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he earned an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Waltz also received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Landa.

Waltz portrayed computer genius Qohen Leth in Terry Gilliam‘s science fiction film The Zero Theorem (2013), with David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry, and Lucas Hedges; American plagiarist Walter Keane in Tim Burton‘s biographical film Big Eyes (2014), with Any Adams, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terrence Stamp; and James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021), both with Daniel Craig as Bond. For his role as Walter Keane, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Other notable films include Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet (2011), with Seth Rogen; Water for Elephants (2011), with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson; Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers (2011), with Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelsen, and Orlando Bloom; Roman Polanski’s Carnage (2011), with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and John C. Reilly; Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever (2017), with Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Tom Hollander, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McKidd, Douglas Hodge, Joanna Scanlan, Zach Galifianakis, and Judi Dench; Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (2017), with Matt Damon, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig; and Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel (2019), with Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson.

In 2020, he starred in the web series Most Dangerous Game, for which he garnered his first Primetime Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. He also provided the voice of Mandrake in Epic (2013) and is set to voice the Fox and the Cat in Guillermo del Toro‘s stop motion adaptation of Pinocchio (2021), with the voices of Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Ron Perlman, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Finn Wolfhard, Burn Gorman and John Turturro.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Breakthrough (1979) – directed by Andrew V. McLaglen – uncredited
  • Headstand (1981) – directed by Veith von Fürstenberg
  • Fire and Sword (1982) – directed by Veith von Fürstenberg
  • Wahnfried (1986) – directed by Peter Patzak
  • Quicker Than the Eye (1988) – directed by Nicolas Gessner
  • Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe (1991) – directed by Krzysztof Zanussi – credited as Chistopher Waltz
  • The Start of Something (1995) – directed by Nikolaus Leytner
  • Our God’s Brother (1997) – directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
  • Seven Moons (1998) – directed by Peter Fratzscher
  • Love Scenes from Planet Earth (1998) – directed by Marc Rothemund
  • The Bride (1999) – directed by Egon Günther
  • Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) – directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan
  • Falling Rocks (2000) – directed by Peter Keglevic
  • Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express (2000) – directed by Mark Roper
  • Queen’s Messenger (2001) – directed by Mark Roper
  • She (2001) – directed by Timothy Bond
  • Angst (2003) – directed by Oskar Roehler
  • Gun-Shy (2003) – directed by Dito Tsintsadze
  • Berlin Blues (2003) – directed by Leander Haußmann
  • Pact with the Devil (2004) – directed by Allan A. Goldstein
  • Lapislazuli: In the Eyes of the Bear (2006) – Wolfgang Murnberger
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • The Green Hornet (2011)* – directed by Michel Gondry
  • Water for Elephants (2011) – directed by Francis Lawrence
  • The Three Musketeers (2011) – directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Carnage (2011) – directed by Roman Polanski
  • Django Unchained (2012)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • Epic (2013) – directed by Chris Wedge
  • The Zero Theorem (2013) – directed by Terry Gilliam – also co-producer
  • Muppets Most Wanted (2014)* – directed by James Bobin – cameo as himself
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) – directed by Sean Anders
  • Big Eyes (2014) – directed by Tim Burton
  • Spectre (2015) – directed by Sam Mendes
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2016) – directed by David Yates
  • Tulip Fever (2017) – directed by Justin Chadwick
  • Downsizing (2017) – directed by Alexander Payne
  • Alita: Battle Angel (2019)* – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Georgetown (2019) – also director
  • QT8 First Eight (2019) – Tara Wood – self – documentary
  • Rifkin’s Festival (2020) – directed by Woody Allen
  • No Time to Die (2021) – directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Pinocchio (2021) – directed by Guillermo del Toro & Mark Gustafson
  • The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (2021)* – directed by Wes Anderson