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Factbox: Key facts on Oscar winner Christoph Waltz

(Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino’s World War Two movie “Inglourious Basterds” is a violent and darkly comic revenge fantasy, with a multinational cast that includes American Brad Pitt, Germany’s Diane Kruger and Austrian Christoph Waltz.

Waltz won the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of the twisted Nazi.

Here are a few key facts about Waltz:

* Waltz was born in October 1956 in Vienna. He is the son of set designers Johannes Waltz and Elisabeth Urbancic.

* Waltz studied singing and opera at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and living in New York in the late 1970s, he attended the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York where he studied with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

* He then returned to Europe, where he established a stage career and worked extensively in television, netting several awards for his work.

* For his role in “Basterds” Waltz has already won a number of prizes, including best actor at Cannes, and a Golden Globe.

* He plays the villain in the upcoming film “The Green Hornet” -- the tale of debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fighting crime as a masked superhero called The Green Hornet.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler

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