Studied acting at the School of Performing Arts in Graz and the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich.
His parents ran a bakery in Dietzenbach, Germany.
Casting director Debbie McWilliams introduced him to producer Barbara Broccoli whilst the latter was on the phone. Broccoli told her caller to hold on and gave Otto 20 seconds to introduce himself. Götz, whose hair had been cropped very short for a TV production, said, "I'm big, I'm bad, I'm bald, I'm German. That's five seconds." This exchange got the part of Stamper in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).