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Name: Kevin Costner

Real name: Kevin Michael Costner

Birth date: 18 of January 1955 (64 y.o.)

Place of birth: Lynwood, California, U.S.

Height: 185 cm Weight: 79 kg

Birth Sign: Capricorn

Chinese zodiac: Goat

Occupation: actor, director, producer

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Kevin Costner biography

Kevin Costner could’ve become a professional athlete or a shark in a world of business, but he decided to follow the calling of his hearth and pursued a career of an actor, becoming one of the most successful and high-paid Hollywood stars. A hero, ready to do anything for the love, Robin Hood and a trusty bodyguard – Kevin Costner is often described as the last Hollywood’s romantic.
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Early life and childhood

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California. He was the youngest of three sons of William and Sharon (nee Tedrick) Costner. Their family was considered to be pretty prosperous with father working as electrician and mother serving at welfare department.
Young Kevin CostnerYoung Kevin Costner
As it is the case with every American kid at that time, Kevin was literally obsessed with baseball, with father, who used to be a baseball player himself and acted as a judge of tournaments in his free time, being his biggest role model.

Boy strove to become a professional baseball player, but ultimately followed his father’s advice and enrolled into the California State University’s marketing and finance department. Kevin was one of the best students amongst his peers and was on a straight path to build a great career as a finance consultant. During his time in the university he surprisingly found himself interested in arts and acting and even started to participate in student theatre’s plays.
Young Kevin CostnerYoung Kevin Costner
He graduated from the university in 1978, and married to his former classmate Cindy Silva, his longtime school crush. Cindy worked as the stewardess, while Kevin got a job at the marketing department of a huge construction firm. Surprisingly, he did not abandoned his student hobby and attended an evening acting courses.

The beginning of acting career

Kevin Costner made his debut on a big screen in 1981 comedy movie Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., where he got an episodic role, but movie failed to make a splash. Not even sexy models in bikini portraying three friends exploring Malibu beaches, or luxurious views of night time Los Angeles managed to shore up movies weak script and trivial plot.
A shot from Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.A shot from Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.
Kevin took off to appear in numerous virtually the same films, but got his first share of popularity playing Eliot Ness in crime drama The Untouchables (1986). Director of the movie Brian De Palma picked up a young actor thanks to his fit appearance and good guy vibes in order to strengthen the contrast between him and Robert De Niro, renowned actor, who portrayed legendary Al Capone. Movie turned out to be a complete blunder. Critics had a field day panning down the film as one of the most flat and uninspired works of the master director with Costner and De Niro getting their share of criticism. The movie would be complete failure if not for the talent of Sean Connery, who ultimately saved the day.
Kevin Costner in The UntouchablesKevin Costner in The Untouchables
Despite all the criticism, an appearance among the brightest Hollywood stars was exactly what Costner needed to jumpstart his brilliant acting career. His next movie, released in 1987, was much more successful than The Untouchables. In political drama No Way Out Kevin appeared as U.S. Navy officer, having an affair with a lover of U.S Secretary of Defense. Gene Hackman took a role of the Secretary, with fabulous Sean Young portraying his love interest, ultimately killed by jealous minister. In this movie Costner finally got an opportunity to showcase his potent dramatic skills, and proved himself to be an actor able to show both pain caused by loss of a loved one and fierce desire to punish the wrongdoer.
No Way Out featuring Kevin CostnerNo Way Out featuring Kevin Costner
Movie was warmly received by critics and general public alike, with some of them poking fun at the movie’s surprising closure, where decorated American officer Tom turned out to be a Soviet spy named Yuri.

Mass recognition

In a period between 1987 and 1990 Costner’s career continued to predictably and slowly develop. During these years he appeared in drama Bull Durham, along with Susan Sarandon, in fantasy movie Field of Dreams, accompanied by Ray Liotta and Amy Madigan, as well as in crime drama movie The Gunrunner, where he once again took upon himself an image of a good guy so beloved by his fans.
A shot from Field of DreamsA shot from Field of Dreams
His next movie Revenge, released in 1990, became quite a sensation in a movie world, propelling young actor to the level of highest Hollywood stars. In this heavy and wearing dramatic story Kevin appears as a retired army pilot who fell in love with a wife of his best friend – Mexican crime boss. Unable to resist their feelings, lovers were caught by the jealous husband, portrayed by Anthony Quinn. Madeleine Stowe represents a role of unfaithful wife, falling in love with a pilot and paying for it with her life.

In the same year Costner made his directorial debut with the release of Dances with Wolves. In this historical drama movie set in a Civil War time period actor appeared as an officer, accepted as their own by a native Indian tribe. Movie scored 12 Academy Award nominations winning in 7 of them, including Best Picture and Best Director awards. Outside of numerous prized and overwhelming positive public reception, movie managed to bring Costner over 50 million dollars in revenue.

Best movies

1991 was marked by the release of action adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which was enjoyed by both young and older audience. Even now, many years after movies release, Robin Hood portrayed by Kevin Costner is considered to be the best depiction of this character on a big screen. This beautiful and wholesome movie also featured Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman and Christian Slater. To the great disappointment of Kevin’s army of female fans, in a fountain scene, where Robin Hood appears to be completely naked, actor was replaced by his doubler.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Trailer
1992 was the year of release of legendary The Bodyguard movie, which brought its main cast a couple of Razzie Awards. Film starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston with both of them scoring an infamous mocking award. However not the opinions of self-aggrandizing critics, nor the negative press coverage could harm the immense popularity of the luxurious romantic-detective fairytale, still considered to be one of the best love stories in a modern cinema industry.
The Bodyguard - Trailer
In 1993 drama movie A Perfect World Kevin was cast as Butch, an escaped convict, holding a 8 years old boy hostage. As it is usually happens in every Clint Eastwood works, this movie isn’t about the happy endings. Depressing, yet pretty obvious and realistic closure of the film, where Butch dies on the hands of a boy, who didn’t want to let him go brought tears to the eyes of many generations of viewers.
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In 1995 fantasy action movie Waterworld Costner appeared not only as a star actor but also as part of a movie’s directorial stuff. Movie set in a grim future, where after the apocalyptic catastrophe Earth turned into one great ocean, had great success due to the grand scope of the movie and unique ambitious directorial idea followed by its flawless execution. A few survivors of the icecap melting calamity were portrayed by Dennis Hopper, Jack Kehler and Jack Black.
Waterworld - Trailer
Another Kevin’s directorial work, where he traditionally starred, was nominated for Golden Raspberry and scored every single award. The subject of the matter is post-apocalyptic adventure film The Postman, which hit the theatres in 1997. Despite the movie being total critical and commercial failure, many viewers were in awe from the film that put kindness and faithfulness at the head of a table, as well as from movie’s colorful characters, portrayed by Giovanni Ribisi, Olivia Williams and Ryan Hurst.
Kevin Costner in The PostmanKevin Costner in The Postman
Period from 2000 to 2010 became one of the best periods in Kevin Costner’s career and marked the release of multiple movies that rightfully acquired cult status and are considered to be true masterpieces of the movie industry.

In one of the most marvelous love stories ever hitting the big screen Message in the Bottle Kevin was accompanied by Robin Wright Penn; fantasy drama Dragonfly was dubbed a movie that cleanses one’s soul by critics.
Dragonfly - Trailer
In drama movie The Guardian, released in 2006, Kevin Costner was partnered with Ashton Kutcher. Film tells a story about difficult working relationship between young swimmer and old, experienced trainer, which ended with the death of a latter. Deep and tragic, movie was one of the most successful in terms of box office movies of the year.
The Guardian - Trailer
Released in 2007, psychological thriller Mr. Brooks became quite the revelation for the fans of the actor. In this movie Kevin appears in completely new image, portraying a cruel and cynical maniac killer, hiding behind the persona of law-abiding and respectable entrepreneur. Movie also starred such Hollywood stars as Demi Moore, William Hurt and Danielle Panabaker.

American historical miniseries Hatfields & McCoys became the most successful 2012 project of History channel according to both critics and the viewer base. Kevin Costner, representing the role of one of the Hatfield family members, waging war on their neighbors McCoys, was considered to be the most original characters of the set. Project also featured Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger and Andrew Howard.
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In action thriller 3 Days to Kill, released in 2014, Costner appears as Ethan Renner, a terminally ill killer, who is ultimately saved by an unknown medicine. Movie, directed by Luc Besson also featured Connie Nielsen and Amber Heard.

In 2014 and 2015 actor took part in his favorite type of movies – ones that are dedicated to the sport thematic. Draft Day and McFarland, USA belong to the subgenre of motivating sport movies; Costner was accompanied by Maria Bello, Vincent Martella, Tyler Sellers and Tom Welling.
Draft Day - Trailer
2016 thriller Criminal allowed Costner to reprise the role of dangerous psychopath, who agreed to partake in a dangerous experiment, completely changing his personality and becoming a person who is capable of self-sacrifice and true love. Kevin was accompanied by such actors as Gary Oldman, Michael Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.

Personal Life

Kevin Costner joined in his first marriage immediately after graduating from university. His school sweetheart Cindy Silva became his first wife and a mother of three their children. In 1994 couple divorced, stating that this is their mutual decision.
Kevin Costner and Cindy SilvaKevin Costner and Cindy Silva
Actor also has extramarital son Liam from his relationship with an actress Bridget Rooney.
Kevin Costner with his wife and childrenKevin Costner with his wife and children
In 2004 Kevin Costner married his girlfriend Christine Baumgartner, who is almost 20 years younger than the actor. Kevin met his wonderful blonde future wife on a golf court and, as it often happens, chance meeting turned into mutual love. Couple raises three children together and claims that sky is the limit.

Kevin Costner now

In 2017 actor joined Jessica Chastain in drama movie Molly’s Game that tells the story of a woman who owns an underground casino and manages to avoid the charges for illegal business. Movie also stars Idris Elba.
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In 2018 Kevin became one of the main characters of the Yellowstone TV series. In this western drama he portrays the owner of the biggest rancho in America, employing all means to save his land from city authorities, claims from construction companies and local natives, who consider this land their own.
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