Kevin Costner biographyKevin Costner could’ve become a professional athlete or a shark in a world of business, but he decided to follow the calling of his heart 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.
Early life and childhoodKevin 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 a father working as an electrician and mother serving at the welfare department.
Boy strove to become a professional baseball player, but ultimately followed his father’s advice and enrolled in 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.
The beginning of acting careerKevin Costner made his debut on a big screen in 1981 comedy movie Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., where he got an episodic role, but the movie failed to make a splash. Not even sexy models in bikini portraying three friends exploring Malibu beaches, or luxurious views of nighttime Los Angeles managed to shore up movies weak script and trivial plot.
Mass recognitionIn 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.
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, the actor appeared as an officer, accepted as their own by a native Indian tribe. The 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, the movie managed to bring Costner over 50 million dollars in revenue.
Best movies1991 was marked by the release of the action-adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which was enjoyed by both young and older audiences. Even now, many years after the movie 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, the actor was replaced by his doubler.
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.
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 character of the set. The project also featured Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, and Andrew Howard.
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 belongs to the subgenre of motivating sports movies; Costner was accompanied by Maria Bello, Vincent Martella, Tyler Sellers, and Tom Welling.
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.