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).

  • Announced players who had been selected to Major League Baseball's All Century Team at the 1999 All Star game at Fenway Park in Boston.
  • Some of his favorite directors are 'Frank Capra' (qv), 'George Stevens (I)' (qv), 'John Sturges' (qv), 'Martin Scorsese' (qv), 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) and 'Steven Spielberg' (qv).
  • Born at 9:40pm-PST.
  • He has played at the celebrity golf tournament Pebble Beach, California, every year starting from 1996.
  • Kevin and his wife, 'Christine Baumgartner (II)' (qv), are expecting their first child together (8 February 2007).
  • Got to know 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv) on the return plane from his honeymoon with Cindy in Puerto Vallarta, who advised him to give everything up completely if he wanted to pursue acting (1978).
  • Member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, along with 'G.D. Spradlin' (qv) 'Alan Heitz' (qv) and 'Ashton Kutcher' (qv).
  • Sioux nation gave Costner a tract of land after making _Dances with Wolves (1990)_ (qv). Costner built a golf course on that land.

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