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Kevin Costner Bio

Kevin Costner Biography

Kevin Costner

Date of Birth: January 18, 1955

Kevin Costner seemed destined to be in the movies. As a young boy growing up in California, Coster had a deep fascination for film. Still, when he enrolled at Cal-State Fullerton, his goal was to earn a degree in marketing. The acting itch took hold when he went to a casting call for a local production of Rumpelstilskin and won a role. His positive experience confirmed his choice to become a professional actor.

His career path to the A-list of stars have been a bumpy one filled with great highs and great lows. He auditioned three times for the lead role in Raising Arizona (eventually Nicolas Cage was cast), but was turned down. He appeared in the dismal Sizzle Beach USA (1974) and ended up on the cutting room floor in his most noteworthy role of those days. Lawrence Kasdan cast him in The Big Chill(1983) but all that was left of his performance were a few glimpses of Costner as a corpse. But his movie career was't dead. Kasdan made up for The Big Chill experience when he cast Costner in Silverado. The film was a hit and his film career was on its way.

The Untouchables and No Way Out followed, earning him good reviews and plenty of attention. Then Bull Durham clinched his status as a star with Field of Dreams adding more fuel to an already healthy career. Costner had earned clout in Hollywood and with Dances With Wolves, he had a chance to use it to the max. The film was a commercial and critical success. On Academy Award night, Costner walked away with two Oscars including a statuette for Best Director.

Critical success would elude Costner over the next few years. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and The Bodyguard earned him scorn. Then came Waterworld, a costly flop despite earning $88 million (US) at the box office.

Ever the survivor, Costner knows how to dust himself off after disasters. Open Range, which he directed and starred in, not only did well at the box office, but received a number of nominations and awards, including a Bronze Wranger for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture from the Western Heritage Awards. Most recently, Kevin starred in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), 3 Days to Kill (2014) and Draft Day (2014).

Costner married second wife Christine Baumgartner on September 25, 2004, in a lavish wedding held on his Colorado ranch. They have a son, Cayden Wyatt, who was born in 2007. Costner also has three children with first wife Cindy Silva, to whom he was married for 16 years and a son, Liam, born in 1996 from an out-of-wedlock relationship.

Filmography (actor):

3 Days to Kill (2014)
Draft Day (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Man of Steel(2013)
The Company Men(2010)
The New Daughter(2009)
Swing Vote(2008)
Mr. Brooks(2007)
The Guardian(2006)
Rumor Has It (2005)
The Upside of Anger(2005)
Open Range(2003)
Dragonfly(2002)
3000 Miles To Graceland(2001)
Thirteen Days(2000)
Message In A Bottle(1999)
For Love Of The Game(1999)
The Postman (1997)
Tin Cup (1996)
Waterworld(1995)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
The War (1994)
A Perfect World(1993)
The Bodyguard(1992)
JFK(1991)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves(1991)
Dances With Wolves(1990)
Revenge (1990/I)
Field of Dreams(1989)
Bull Durham (1988)
The Untouchables(1987)
No Way Out (1987)
Shadows Run Black (1986)
Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (1986)
American Flyers (1985)
Fandango (1985)
Silverado(1985)
The Gunrunner (1984)
The Big Chill (1983) (uncredited)
Table for Five (1983)
Testament (1983)
Night Shift (1982)
Chasing Dreams (1982)
Frances (1982) (uncredited)
Stacy's Knights (1982)


Filmography (director):

The Postman (1997)
Waterworld (1995) (uncredited)
Dances With Wolves(1990)

Filmography

ActorMcFarland (2015)
Actor3 Days to Kill (2014)
ActorBlack and White (2014)
ActorDraft Day (2014)
ActorMan of Steel (2013)
ActorMan of Steel 3D (2013)
ActorThe Company Men (2011)
ActorThe New Daughter (2010)
ActorSwing Vote (2008)
ActorMr. Brooks (2007)
ProducerMr. Brooks (2007)
ActorThe Guardian (2006)
ActorRumour Has It... (2005)
ActorOpen Range (2003)
DirectorOpen Range (2003)
ProducerOpen Range (2003)
ActorDragonfly (2002)
ActorThirteen Days (2000)
ProducerThirteen Days (2000)
ActorBull Durham (1999)
ProducerMessage In A Bottle (1999)
ActorThe Bodyguard (1992)
ProducerThe Bodyguard (1992)
ActorDances With Wolves (1990)
ActorThirteen Days (0)
ProducerThirteen Days (0)