Christoph Waltz

Peter Rigaud
Peter Rigaud
MAX Magazin
Two-time Oscar winner, darling of Quentin Tarantino, Bond villain and probably Austria's most famous film export: Christoph Waltz. Photographed by laif photographer Peter Rigaud for MAX.

In 1977, Christoph Waltz’s career began singing with a now legendary appearance as “Das neue Jahr” on Austrian children’s television, he appeared in two Derrick episodes in the 1980s, made many television films, including “Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story.” Even his first film “Der Einstand”, however, belonged more to the serious genre. In the course of his career, he won the Bavarian Film Prize and the Adolf Grimme Prize for “Der Tanz mit dem Teufel – Die Entführung des Richard Oetker” (The Dance with the Devil – The Abduction of Richard Oetker), and although he worked internationally early on, the big breakthrough did not come for a long time.

It was not until 2009, with his role as SS-Standartenfuehrer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Inglourious Basterds,” that he achieved major international success, followed by “Django Unchained” – he won Oscars for both roles. With his portrayal of Franz Oberhauser in the James Bond film “Spectre,” he also celebrates success in blockbuster cinema.


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For the new edition of MAX Magazine in 2020, laif photographer Peter Rigaud met Christoph Waltz in his native Vienna for the cover photo shoot. The great pictures are characterized by casual elegance, cosmopolitan flair and a lot of humor.


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