Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Jan. 18th, 1955
Born in
Lynwood, California, USA
6' 1

Kevin Costner's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hatfields and McCoys TV Show
Hatfields and McCoys
500 Nations TV Show
500 Nations
Sunday Morning Shootout TV Show
Sunday Morning Shootout

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Draft Day
2010 - The Company Men
2009 - The New Daughter
2008 - Swing Vote
2007 - Mr. Brooks
2005 - The Upside of Anger
2005 - Rumor has it...
2003 - Open Range
2002 - Dragonfly
2001 - 3000 Miles to Graceland
2000 - Thirteen Days
1999 - For Love of the Game
1999 - Message in a Bottle
1997 - The Postman
1996 - Tin Cup
1995 - Waterworld
1994 - Wyatt Earp
1994 - The War
1993 - A Perfect World
1992 - The Bodyguard
1991 - JFK
1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1991 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
1990 - Dances with Wolves
1989 - Field of Dreams
1988 - Bull Durham
1987 - The Untouchables
1987 - No Way Out
1985 - Fandango
1985 - American Flyers
1985 - Silverado
1983 - Testament
1983 - The Big Chill
1982 - Night Shift
1982 - Frances

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Interviewee
Frank Farmer
[Complete List]


Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, singer, musician, producer, and director. He has won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Emmy Award, and has been nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards. Costner's notable roles include Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Lt. John J. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves, Jim Garrison in JFK, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard, and Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel.

Costner was born in Lynwood, California and grew up in Compton, California as the youngest of three sons (the middle of whom died at birth in 1953). His mother, Sharon Rae (née Tedrick), was a welfare worker, and his father, William Costner, was an electrician and later utilities executive at Southern California Edison. Costner's patrilineal heritage originates with German immigrants to South Carolina in the 1700s; he also has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and other German, ancestry. Costner was raised Baptist. He attended Cabrillo Middle School, Buena High School, and Villa Park High School. Costner was not academically inclined. Rather, he enjoyed sports, took piano lessons, wrote poetry, and sang in the First Baptist Choir. He has stated that a viewing of the film How the West Was Won at the age of seven had "formed" his childhood.

At 18, he built his own canoe and paddled his way down the rivers that Lewis & Clark followed to the Pacific. Despite his present height, he was only 5'2" when he graduated high school. Nonetheless, he still managed to be a basketball, football and baseball star.
In 1973, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, where he majored in business. During that period, Kevin decided to take acting lessons five nights a week. He graduated with a business degree in 1978 and married his college sweetheart, 'Cindy Costner'. He initially took a marketing job in Orange County. Everything changed when he accidentally met 'Richard Burton' on a flight from Mexico. Burton advised him to go completely after acting if that is what he wanted. He quit his job and moved to Hollywood soon after. He drove a truck, worked on a deep sea fishing boat, and gave bus tours to stars' homes before finally making his own way into the films. After making one soft core sex film, he vowed to not work again if that was the only work he could do. He didn't work for nearly six years, while he waited for a proper break. That break came with The Big Chill (1983), even though his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor -- he was remembered by director 'Lawrence Kasdan' when he decided to make Silverado (1985).

  • (1986) Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
  • His character in _Dragonfly (2002)_ (qv) was written with the intention of 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) taking the film role. Ford turned down the role to take a year off from movies.
  • A skilled equestrian, he did his own riding in _The Postman (1997)_ (qv).
  • Children: (with ex-girlfriend Bridget Rooney) Liam Costner (b. 1996); (with ex-wife 'Cindy Costner' (qv)) Anne Clayton Costner (b. April 15, 1984, Lily McCall Costner (b. August 4, 1986) and Joe Tedrick Costner (b. January 31, 1988); (with wife 'Christine Baumgartner (II)' (qv)) Cayden Wyatt Costner (born May 6, 2007 at 10:30 pm in Los Angeles at 7 lbs. 14 oz.) and Hayes Logan Costner (b. February 12, 2009 at 8 lbs. 15 oz.).
  • He turned down 'Jeff Bridges (I)' (qv)' role in _Jagged Edge (1985)_ (qv).
  • In April 2006, he spent $28.5 million on an oceanfront 17-acre ranch in Santa Barbara County, California. He and wife, 'Christine Baumgartner (II)' (qv), are raising horses on their new ranch.
  • Before hitting it big in the acting business Kevin worked as a skipper on the ride, the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
  • Has twice taken roles refused by both 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv). The first was "Eliot Ness" in _The Untouchables (1987)_ (qv), the other was 'Jim Garrison (I)' (qv) in _JFK (1991)_ (qv).

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