Christoph Waltz

by ethnic on March 9, 2010

"Water for Elephants" Berlin Photocall

Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria

Date of Birth: October 4, 1956

Ethnicity: German, Austrian

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian actor. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).

Christoph is the son of Johannes Waltz and Elisabeth Urbancic, set and costume designers. His father was German and his mother is Austrian. He is fluent in French, German, and English.

He has a daughter with his wife, costume designer Judith Holste, and three children from his previous marriage.

Christoph’s maternal grandfather was Rudolf von Urbantschitsch or Urban (the son of Viktor Urbantschitsch and Caroline Fröschl). Rudolf was a psychiatrist, who wrote the book Sex Perfection and Marital Happiness (1949). Rudolf was Austrian, and may have also had a small amount of Slovenian ancestry. Christoph’s great-grandfather Viktor was the son of Alois Urbantschitsch and Wilhelmine Mengele.

Christoph’s maternal grandmother was Austrian actress Maria Mayen (the daughter of Ignaz Mayen).


Genealogy of Christoph Waltz –

Biography of Christoph’s maternal grandfather, Rudolf von Urban –

Biography of Christoph’s maternal great-grandfather, Viktor Urbantschitsch –

Christoph’s maternal grandmother, Maria Mayen, at the German Wikipedia –

photo by PR Photos

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra May 6, 2016 at 2:10 am

This man is not the type I’d go for, but I find him so attractive for some reason.

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 5:07 am

ze German

Aylin January 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Here in Austria many people have Czech, Hungarian or Slovenian ancestry. And Urbancic doesn’t sound German nor Austrian so he has Slovenian ancestry.

COOLGUY2012 November 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

He is central european and he looks central european.

erik January 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I know central europeans that look nothing like him.

ethnic January 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

If anyone thinks this comment by coolguy is offensive, pls say so here.

[email protected] June 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

i find him partially an Egytian but not a german bcoz f his long nose n sharp north african berber features

andrew June 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

you have a great imagination..

theropod June 26, 2013 at 3:54 am

Not Egyptian, but Jewish or Eastern European if anything.

follers June 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

lol, he seems like a typical German/Austrian/Central European.

athelya January 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

aren’t long and sharp noses very european?

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 1:08 am

I think, his family was atheist

ripper122 December 31, 2012 at 9:01 am

so dumb comments, but such a great actor

happy February 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

please i want to really know why christopher waltz the oscar winer was not given austrian passport at the first , if he was really born in austria, when the mother is austrian ? i will be very happy if anyone can tell me answer. pls to [email protected]

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

As he was born, it was the law in most european country:
one must to have a native FATHER to receave a citisenship.
Today: father OR mother

Lauren March 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

He was funny as hell in Inglorious basterds

anna March 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

he probably has distant slovenian ancestry,like me.It’s common in my region (friuli) and in austria or hungary.
He’s a great and superb actor,he acted in a lot of european tv series and films..I’m happy that now he’s popular also in Usa.

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Urbancic is typical slavic catholic name. Maybe slovenian,
maybe polish

nnnnn January 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

What’s about his religion? His son is a rabbi.

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:29 am

American journalists always ask him.

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:41 am

I saw. He avoided an answer.

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

I mustn’t prove smth. You can believe or not

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:53 am

And why are you angry? You know, american
journalists ask even more persistent questions.
You wrote youself about some Payne “he’s not

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