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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

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

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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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Jack Ryan (2014)
3.
 Black and White (2014)
4.
 Draft Day (2014)
5.
 Man of Steel (2013)
6.
 Company Men, The (2010)
7.
8.
 Swing Vote (2008)
9.
 Mr. Brooks (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1974:
Film acting debut, "Sizzle Beach U.S.A." (Film not released until 1986)
1978:
Appeared in a few community theater productions
1978:
Worked for a marketing firm for 30 days
1982:
First film released, "Night Shift"
1983:
Cast as Alex in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill"; filmed several scenes that were all edited out of the final cut
1985:
TV debut in 'The Mission' episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"
1985:
First significant screen time in Kasden's next film "Silverado"
1987:
Cast in director Roger Donaldson¿s remake of the 1948 neo-noir thriller "No Way Out"
1987:
Breakout role in Brian DePalma¿s big screen remake of "The Untouchables" as Eliot Ness
1988:
Formed TIG productions with director Jim Wilson
1988:
First film as the romantic male lead opposite Susan Sarandon in "Bull Durham"
1989:
Played an Iowa corn farmer in "Field of Dreams"
1990:
First film as producer, "Revenge"; also co-starred with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe
1990:
Received critical acclaim for his directing debut "Dances With Wolves"; also co-starred and produced; film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director
1991:
Played the title role in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
1991:
Portrayed former New Orleans district attorney, Jim Garrison in the Oliver Stone-directed "JFK"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actor in a Drama
1992:
Played the title role, opposite Whitney Houston in "The Bodyguard"; scripted by Lawrence Kasdan
1993:
Cast as a mentally unbalanced escaped con who takes a young boy hostage in the Clint Eastwood-directed "A Perfect World"
1994:
Portrayed the title role in Lawrence Kasdan's biopic "Wyatt Earp"; also produced
1995:
Hosted the eight-hour CBS documentary series about Native American history entitled "500 Nations"
1995:
Played a half-man/half-amphibian in the sci-fi epic "Waterworld"; also produced the film with a budget of $175 million, which at the time was the most expensive film ever made
1996:
Featured in the golf-themed comedy "Tin Cup"
1997:
Helmed second feature, the box-office disappointment "The Postman"
1999:
Returned as the romantic lead, opposite Robin Wright Penn in "Message in a Bottle"
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
2001:
Co-starred with Kurt Russell in "3000 Miles From Graceland"
2003:
Directed and co-starred in the western drama "Open Range"
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"
2006:
Played a distressed Coast Guard rescuer, opposite Ashton Kutcher in "The Guardian"
2007:
Played a serial killer in the thriller, "Mr. Brooks"
2008:
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" (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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