Christoph Waltz's career in Germany and Hollywood
Most famous for his evil characters in "Inglorious Basterds" and "Spectre," the Austrian actor Chistoph Waltz also collected a whole set of different roles speaking German before his breakthrough in Hollywood.
Hollywood's favorite bad guy
With the role of the SS colonel Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds," Christoph Waltz earned world fame and a series of prestigious accolades. Along with an Oscar as best supporting actor, he also won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Academy Film Award and the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.
At eye level
Quentin Tarentino's film was filled with top stars, but Christoph Waltz's performance outshined all other others - even Brad Pitt's (pictured right).
Career on German TV
In the 1980s, he acted in a variety of crime series. Waltz is pictured here in 1985, in the role of Josef Matula in "Ein Fall für Zwei" (A Case for Two), along with Claus Theo Gärtner.
A classic in Germany and Austria
The cult German crime series "Tatort" (Crime Scene) isn't missing on his resume either. In 1987, he depicted an inspector in an Austrian contribution to the long-running series, which is produced in different German-speaking regions. Even though Christoph Waltz was born and grew up in Vienna, he had German citizenship through his father. He obtained an honorary Austrian citizenship in 2010.
Historical TV dramas
In "König der letzten Tage" (King of the Last Days, 1993), Christian Waltz depicted the Anabaptist leader John of Leiden. Further roles in historical dramas would follow, for example in an adaptation of "Catherine the Great" in 1995.
Germany's response to Roy Orbison
In 1996, he also depicted the popular German entertainer Roy Black. Christoph Waltz's performance on this musical biopic was praised, but the film got bad reviews for its exaggerations.
The second Oscar
Cult filmmaker Quentin Tarantino directed Waltz twice to an Oscar - his second came in 2012 for the Western "Django Unchained."
Old Western revenge in the South
Tarantino's homage to Italian spaghetti Western films stars Jamie Foxx as the avenger and liberator of black slaves. He's shown here traveling with Waltz, in the role of Dr. Schultz, a German dentist turned bounty hunter. His final opponent is a cruel owner of a plantation depicted by Leonardo di Caprio.
James Bond's archenemy
In the last Bond film, "Spectre," Waltz is the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007's most persistent opponent. In this version, the typical white Persian cat of the character only briefly appears. "I cannot claim that I've really nailed Blofeld," Waltz later said of his performance.
Two more films with James Bond?
Probably not, as Daniel Craig recently announced he would not star in another James Bond movie. Producers of the franchise had planned two more films with him and Waltz as 007's enemy Blofeld. Now they'll first have to deal with finding the best replacement for the secret agent before confirming anything else.