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Also Known As: Kevin Michael Costner Died:
Born: January 18, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, stage manager

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Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer Kevin Costner made a solid career out of playing, amiable, dependable leading men with a stoic, deadpan style best utilized in sports-themed, feel-good movies. He made his now-infamous film debut - as a corpse - in director Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" (1983). In recompense, Kasdan gave him the prominent, flashy role of a wild gunfighter in the action-packed neo-modern Western, "Silverado" (1985). Costner's breakout year came in the form of two hit films that he solidly led - director Brian De Palma's prohibition crime-drama "The Untouchables" (1987) when he was cast as Elliot Ness opposite Robert De Niro's murderous Al Capone and the military thriller "No Way Out" alongside Gene Hackman. A string of subsequent hits, including the baseball-themed "Bull Durham" (1988) and "Field of Dreams" (1989) led to his masterpiece, the Academy Awarding-winning Western "Dances with Wolves" (1990). Although his top leading man status began to suffer after the monumental failures of "Waterworld" (1995) and "The Postman" (1997), Costner nonetheless remained a viable screen presence. And while he continued to appear in an average of a film a year with such efforts as...

Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer Kevin Costner made a solid career out of playing, amiable, dependable leading men with a stoic, deadpan style best utilized in sports-themed, feel-good movies. He made his now-infamous film debut - as a corpse - in director Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" (1983). In recompense, Kasdan gave him the prominent, flashy role of a wild gunfighter in the action-packed neo-modern Western, "Silverado" (1985). Costner's breakout year came in the form of two hit films that he solidly led - director Brian De Palma's prohibition crime-drama "The Untouchables" (1987) when he was cast as Elliot Ness opposite Robert De Niro's murderous Al Capone and the military thriller "No Way Out" alongside Gene Hackman. A string of subsequent hits, including the baseball-themed "Bull Durham" (1988) and "Field of Dreams" (1989) led to his masterpiece, the Academy Awarding-winning Western "Dances with Wolves" (1990). Although his top leading man status began to suffer after the monumental failures of "Waterworld" (1995) and "The Postman" (1997), Costner nonetheless remained a viable screen presence. And while he continued to appear in an average of a film a year with such efforts as "Thirteen Days" (2000), "Open Range" (2003), "Rumor Has It..." (2005) and "Swing Vote" (2008), Costner would ultimately find his next big hit on the small screen, as the star of the highly-rated miniseries docudrama "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012). Despite suffering his fair share of critical and commercial misfires, Costner's impressive contributions to film were undeniable and his frequent comparisons to such movie icons as Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart more than apt.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Open Range (2003) Director
2.
  Postman, The (1997) Director
3.
  Dances With Wolves (1990) Lieutenant Dunbar

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Molly's Game (2017)
2.
 Criminal (2016)
4.
 Hidden Figures (2016)
5.
 McFarland, USA (2015)
6.
 Draft Day (2014)
8.
 Black or White (2014)
9.
10.
 Man of Steel (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1978:
Appeared in the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse's production of "Invitation to a March."
1978:
Having majored in marketing in college, he took a job with a marketing firm after graduation which he only stayed with for roughly 30 days.
1987:
Was cast in director Roger Donaldson┬┐s remake of the 1948 neo-noir thriller "No Way Out."
1988:
Formed TIG productions with director Jim Wilson.
1988:
Made his first appearance as the romantic male lead opposite Susan Sarandon in the baseball film "Bull Durham."
1990:
Made his debut as a producer with "Revenge" in which he co-starred with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe.
1993:
Cast as a mentally unbalanced escaped con who takes a young boy hostage in the Clint Eastwood-directed "A Perfect World."
1995:
Hosted the eight-hour CBS documentary series about Native American history entitled "500 Nations."
1996:
Featured in the golf-themed comedy "Tin Cup."
1997:
Directed his second feature, the box-office disappointment "The Postman."
1999:
Played an aging baseball player reevaluating his life and career in "For the Love of the Game."
2000:
Portrayed a top adviser to John F. Kennedy in "Thirteen Days," set during the the Cuban Missile Crisis.
2005:
Played the love interest for Jennifer Aniston in Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It..."
2005:
Played an alcoholic former baseball player opposite Joan Allen in Mike Binder's "The Upside of Anger."
2008:
Was cast as a lovable loser in the comedy "Swing Vote."
2010:
Played Ben Affleck's blue-collar working brother-in-law in John Wells' directing debut "The Company Men."
2012:
Starred in the Civil War miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" on the History Channel."
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Education

Villa Park High School: Villa Park , California - 1973
California State University, Fullerton: Fullerton , California - 1978

Notes

"My wife is unlucky. Living with a sex symbol is complicated." --Kevin Costner in 1994

"It sounds vain, but I could probably make a difference for almost everyone I ever met if I chose to involve myself with them either professionally or personally." --Kevin Costner

"Kevin has been unfairly criticized for not being who people want him to be rather than for who he is." --director Ron Shelton quoted in US, March 1999

"My evolution as a single guy is on a real public stage. . . . I love living life with spontaneity. There will always be people who'll judge that." --Kevin Costner quoted in REDBOOK, March 1999

"What he does better than anyone else is to play an Everyman, but to play him in a really interesting way." --Phil Alden Robinson quoted in US, March 1999

Costner's three children appeared in both "Dances With Wolves" and "The Postman".

Costner owns a racehorse (three-years-old as of 2/93) named "Proudtobetogether" whose first outing was in Santa Anita, CA, on February 7, 1993.

He became a member of the Sioux Nation while filming "Dances With Wolves" in 1989.

He was given the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Golden Apple Award in 1991 for enhancing Hollywood's image.

Awarded the California State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Cindy Silva. Married in 1978; separated in October 1994; divorced.
companion:
Bridget Rooney. Reportedly involved with Costner briefly in 1996; mother of Costner's son Liam.
wife:
Christine Baumgarten. Model. Began dating in 1999; reportedly engaged as of spring 2000; no longer together; reconciled and engaged as of June 26, 2003; married September 25, 2004 at Costner's ranch in Aspen, Colorado.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bill Costner. Power company worker.
mother:
Sharon Costner. Welfare worker.
brother:
Daniel Craig Costner. Born in November 1950; built the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota with brother after "Dances With Wolves".
brother:
Mark Douglas Costner. Born on January 17, 1953; died on January 18, 1953; lived for only six hours.
daughter:
Annie Costner. Born on April 15, 1985; made feature debut in "The Baby-Sitters Club".
daughter:
Lily Costner. Born on August 4, 1986; made feature debut in "The Baby-Sitters Club".
son:
Joe T Costner. Born on January 13, 1988.
son:
Liam Rooney. Born in 1996; mother, Bridget Rooney.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Kevin Costner: The Unauthorized Biography" Icon Books

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