Christoph Waltz (born 4 October 1956) is a German-Austrian actor and director, mainly active in the United States. Waltz was born in Vienna, the son of Johannes Waltz and Elisabeth Urbancic, set and costume designers, from Germany and Austria, respectively. His maternal grandfather, Rudolf von Urban, was a psychiatrist and psychologist who wrote the book "Sex Perfection and Marital Happiness".

Before coming to the attention of a larger audience in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds", he had played Dr. Hans-Joachim Dorfmann in the British TV series "The Gravy Train" in 1990. The show is a story of intrigue and misdeeds set in the offices of the European Union in Brussels.

In Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film "Inglourious Basterds", Waltz portrayed SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa, also known as "The Jew Hunter". Clever, courteous, multilingual — but also self-serving, cunning, implacable and murderous — the character of Landa was such that Tarantino feared he "might have written a part that was un-playable". Waltz received the Best Actor Award for the performance at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and received acclaim from critics and the public.

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