Kevin Reynolds biography
Date of Birth: January 17, 1952
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Reynolds is the oldest of two brothers and
a sister. With a father in the Air Force, Reynolds was a typical army
brat. Developing a taste for drama in high school, Reynolds attended
Trinity University where he studied drama and wrote plays.
loved movies, he followed in his father's footsteps and graduated from
Baylor University in Waco.
Following law school, he worked as a lawyer
in Austin for several years before his interest in film got the better of
him and he returned to film school at the University of Southern California.
His thesis film, Proof , found its way into the hands of Steven Spielberg
who decided to help Reynolds turn it into a feature film.
and released in 1985, it marked the first of many collaborations between him
and Kevin Costner.
Within the next decade, the two worked on three more films,
the blockbuster and number one summer hit, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
(1991); Rapa Nui (1994); and the box office bomb that ended their
business relationship, Waterworld (1995).
Following Waterworld , Reynolds needed a change of pace and decided to
look for a film that was smaller in scope and was more character driven. He
turned to One Eight Seven (1997), which was a harrowing contemporary
examination of the blackboard jungle.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the
relatively small budget film was not as warmly received as Reynolds had
Since the start of the new millennium he has directed two more period pieces, The
Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and Tristan & Isolde (2006).