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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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ma detailing the legendary feud between two 19th-Century families in the West Virginia-Kentucky region, it starred Costner as the head of the Hatfield clan and Bill Paxton as his hated enemy, Randolph McCoy. Not only was "Hatfield & McCoys" the History Channel¿s first scripted drama, it also became the channel¿s highest rated program ever at the time and earned the venerable Costner his first-ever Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.Emphasizing the simple family man side of the character, the film focused on Earp's early loss of a young wife and the effect this tragedy would have on his later career. Though some reviewers found the film self-indulgently long at over three hours, few found fault with Costner's performance. Meanwhile, family would again remain a strong theme in "The War" (1994), with the actor playing a returning Vietnam-era vet who seeks to build a better life for his wife and children. In a supporting role, Costner played a tortured soul trying to teach his young son the value of lessons he had learned during the war. Even with the Costner drawing power, however, neither 1994 release attracted much box office activity. He finished off the year as co-producer of the period adventure "Rapa...
ma detailing the legendary feud between two 19th-Century families in the West Virginia-Kentucky region, it starred Costner as the head of the Hatfield clan and Bill Paxton as his hated enemy, Randolph McCoy. Not only was "Hatfield & McCoys" the History Channel¿s first scripted drama, it also became the channel¿s highest rated program ever at the time and earned the venerable Costner his first-ever Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.Emphasizing the simple family man side of the character, the film focused on Earp's early loss of a young wife and the effect this tragedy would have on his later career. Though some reviewers found the film self-indulgently long at over three hours, few found fault with Costner's performance. Meanwhile, family would again remain a strong theme in "The War" (1994), with the actor playing a returning Vietnam-era vet who seeks to build a better life for his wife and children. In a supporting role, Costner played a tortured soul trying to teach his young son the value of lessons he had learned during the war. Even with the Costner drawing power, however, neither 1994 release attracted much box office activity. He finished off the year as co-producer of the period adventure "Rapa Nui," a box office flop directed by Kevin Reynolds.
Costner chose a sci-fi action epic for his next vehicle as a star-producer, reuniting with Reynolds for "Waterworld" (1995), a post-apocalyptic "Mad Max" on water. In it, he played the Mariner, a half-man/half-amphibian protagonist. After a memorably troubled shoot in the waters off Hawaii, plagued by delays and mishaps ¿ the most spectacular being the lavish set sinking to the bottom of the Pacific ¿ the production wrapped in early 1995. The budget reportedly soared as high as $180 million, making it the then-costliest film ever made. Industry wags were already referring to it as "Kevin's Gate" and "Fishtar" before post-production was even completed. Further complications arose when director Reynolds ended up quitting the film over creative differences with Costner just three months before the scheduled July 28 release date; reportedly, neither Costner nor MCA deemed the director's cut worthy of test screening as their deadline loomed. Although "Waterworld" was hardly the disaster predicted by industry insiders ¿ it earned a few respectable reviews and eventually broke even ¿ the film's disappointing returns and bad press were a smear on Costner's once-pristine track record.
Also putting a chink in Costner's armor were rumors of affairs with various women, causing his long-time devoted wife and mother to the couple's two daughters, Cindy Silva, to file for a divorce which was finalized in late 1994. Something about the specifics of their split ¿ her being his college sweetheart, sticking with him through his struggle to reach fame, bearing his children ¿ resonated negatively with Costner's female fans in light of the rumored affairs, leaving them seemingly cold overnight. The divorce was so scandalous at the time, it made the cover of People magazine. The couple would later make amends as friends, but at the time, the split was acrimonious and, along w/ the bad publicity surrounding "Waterworld," did much to tarnish his image as Hollywood's favorite Everyman.
Costner made a return to the slyly sexy rogues in Ron Shelton's golf-themed comedy, "Tin Cup" (1996), but the costly film just barely broke even. An even bigger disappointment was his second directorial effort, the three-hour would-be epic, "The Postman" (1997). Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the film was hurt by a misleading trailer and negative reviews; eventually becoming one of the highest-profile failures of 1997. The next several years saw Costner taking on a variety of roles, none of which served to give his career the boost that was needed after his damaging flops, including the mismatched romance, "Message in a Bottle" (1999) and yet another baseball film, "For the Love of the Game" (1999).
Costner received a reprieve from critics when his passion project detailing the Cuban Missile Crisis, "Thirteen Days" (2000), premiered to rave reviews, particularly for the actors uncannily playing the Kennedy brothers, Steven Culp (RFK) and Bruce Greenwood (JFK). Unfortunately, Costner, playing the brothers' political confidante, Kenny O'Donnell, did not fare as well, after opting to use a painfully hyperbolized "Bah-ston" accent. Regardless of that one misstep, after receiving some of the best reviews he had in years for shepherding through the Kevin Donaldson-helmed political thriller, Costner unfortunately followed up "13 Days" with the ill-advised action-comedy, "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001) and forgettable thriller, "Dragonfly" (2002). Undaunted, Costner reached into his own pockets to co-finance his next movie, "Open Range" (2003), which he also directed. In it, Costner played the leader of a trio of free-range cattle drivers who run afoul of a hard-as-nails frontier sheriff. Though "Open Range" celebrated many of the traditions of classic Western films, the movie polarized critics. Many praised the film's respectful and deliberate pace, the old school iconography, and the climactic gunfight; others believed Costner's characteristic languid pace and adherence to tradition derailed the finer moments.
Costner's subsequent turn as yet another baseball player ¿ this time of the paunchy, retired variety ¿ in the dramedy, "The Upside of Anger" (2005), earned the actor some of his best acting notices in years. Costner next teamed with director Andrew Davis for the action drama, "The Guardian," a shallow imitation of director Taylor Hackford's far superior "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). While "The Guardian" awaited release, Costner was seen in "Rumor Has It," Rob Reiner's poor stab at remaking "The Graduate" (1967), and made yet another bid for a big-screen comeback, as the title character in the psychological thriller, "Mr. Brooks" A much better fit than the older man-romancing-Jennifer Aniston roles, Costner played against type as a possible serial killer who shares some sizzling screen time with William Hurt, a fellow Oscar winner and alum from "The Big Chill." Although critics were less than enthused about the film, Costner received mostly glowing notices for his take on serial killer with a conscience.
Costner pushed forward with more little-seen features, including "Swing Vote" (2008), a comedy-drama in which an entire U.S. presidential election literally comes down to the vote of one man (Costner). A direct-to-DVD thriller, "The New Daughter" (2009), attracted even less attention. Increasingly, Costner seemed to fair better in supporting roles, as opposed to the lead. Such was the case with "The Company Men" (2010), a well-received drama examining the then-current economic crisis in which Costner played the working-class brother-in-law of a recently laid-off executive (Ben Affleck). That same year, Costner made a bit of non-Hollywood news when it was reported that the oil conglomerate BP had purchased a number of oil-separation machines developed by the actor¿s ecological development company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, in an effort to stem the disastrous effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill earlier that spring.
In early February 2011, the entertainment world was rocked by the news of the sudden death of singer Whitney Houston, Costner¿s "Bodyguard" co-star. The victim of her own personal demons, Houston¿s passing was listed as "accidental," although a toxicology report later revealed several drugs, including cocaine, had been in her system at the time of death. A week later, Costner paid his respects to the influential pop diva at an invitation only service held in Newark, NJ and gave a moving eulogy that went viral within minutes. Costner went on to enjoy one of his biggest professional successes in recent years with the sweeping miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012). A historical docudra
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"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.
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