Kevin Costner is an award-winning American actor, director and producer who has amassed much success over the course of his prolific acting career. His first breakthrough was the epic western movie Dances with Wolves, which was released in the year 1900. The film is based on Michael Blake’s 1968 novel of the same name. Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. The film marked his directorial debut and he produced and acted alongside Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene and Rodney Grant.
Aside from Dances with Wolves, the California native starred in several films such as The Untouchables (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), JFK (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Hidden figures (2016), Hatfields & McCoys (2012), and Yellowstone. In addition to two Oscars, Kevin has many accolades to his name, including Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Kevin is also involved in country music and is the lead singer of his rock/country band Kevin Costner and Modern West.
Kevin Costner Biography
Kevin Michael Costner
January 18, 1955
67 years old
Lynwood, California, United States
Actor, Producer, Director
Costner has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German and Swiss-German ancestry
Family and Education
Kevin comes from a modest family, the youngest of three children, born to William Costner and Sharon Rae (née Tedrick). His mother was a social worker and his father worked as an electrician before taking a new job as a utility company with Edison in Southern California. He spent more of his early years in Compton, California, later moving to Ventura and then to Visalia. He has a brother named Daniel Craig Costner. His other brother died giving birth.
He was more interested in sports than academics and was part of the school team in several disciplines, including baseball. He attended Mount Whitney High School in Visalia, California, and later transferred to Villa Park High School in Villa Park, graduating in 1973. He received his BA in Marketing and Finance from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1978.
He splits his time between Southern California and Aspen, Colorado, United States
Kevin Costner wife and kids
Kevin was married to his wife Cindy Costner from 1978 to 1994. He has three children with his first wife, daughters Annie (b. 1984) and Lily (b. 1986), and son Joe (b. 1988). They broke up after being together for 16 years. He married German-American model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner, his second wife, on September 25, 2004, with whom he has three children: sons Cayden (b. 2007) and Hayes (b. 2009), and daughter Grace (b. 2010). He also has a son named Liam Timothy (b. 1996), from a brief relationship with Bridget Rooney. They were together for a while after he divorced his first wife.
Aside from marriages, he also had a fair share of affairs with actresses Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mira Sorvino, Courteney Cox, and models Naomi Campbell, Angie Everhart, Elle Macpherson and Italian singer and model Carla Bruni.
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He showed an interest in acting while still in college and was subsequently involved in community theater. After graduation, he took a marketing job and decided to pursue acting after a brief chat with actor Richard Burton when he met him on a plane. He took acting lessons and did various odd jobs to support himself and his family, until his breakthrough in 1981 with the movie Sizzle Beach, USA. He later landed roles in the blockbuster films such as The Untouchables and No Way Out.
Taking advantage of the successive success of films, he took a big leap in his career with his directorial debut, Dances with Wolves. He also acted and produced the film, and the film was a huge success. The film earned a total of 12 Academy Award nominations and won seven awards in various categories, including two for itself: Best Picture and Best Director.
Kevin continued his success with films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), JFK (1991), Thirteen Days (2000), The Upside of Anger (2005), The Company Men (2010), Hatfields & McCoys (2012) and Hidden Figures (2016). In 2018, he was part of the TV show Yellowstone, in which he was cast to play the role of John Dutton, marking the first regular TV series role of his career.
Kevin Costner Net worth
His formidable career has allowed Kevin Costner to amass a huge fortune of his own, amounting to over $250 million dollars, all of which he earned from acting, directing and producing films. He held his spot in the A-list of actors for a very long time and during the peak of his career, he earned huge salaries in compensation. He was once considered the most affordable actor in Hollywood. During his prolific acting career, Kevin has won so many accolades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Kevin Costner Facts
He played school baseball as a pitcher on his high school baseball team
Kevin was twice included in People magazine’s list of “50 most beautiful people in the world” in 1990 and 1991.
He was featured in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list in October 1997.
In May 1998, he was voted the most erotic man by the readers of the German magazine “Amica”.
Kevin was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, along with GD Spradlin and Ashton Kutcher.
His favorite films are long epics with many stories.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame.
He formed the country rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West and released the band’s debut album, Untold Truths, in November 2008. The band has performed at several major events, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
On August 11, 2003, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
In 2015, he co-wrote a book with Jon Baird called The Explorers Guild.
He owns two production companies called TIG Productions and Treehouse Films.
In 2019, he was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.