Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Highest Rated: 97% Bull Durham (1988)

Lowest Rated: 7% Dragonfly (2002)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1955

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, USA

Kevin Costner was an Academy Award-winning American actor who starred in some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the 80s and early 90s, most notably "Field of Dreams" (1989), "Dances with Wolves" (1990), and "JFK" (1991). Costner was born in Lynwood, California and raised throughout his middle school years in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton. His mother was a welfare worker, while his father worked for the electric company, first as a service line worker and then as an executive. By the time Costner was a teenager, his dad had to move the family around a lot, due to his quickly advancing career with the electric company. Although Costner remained in California during this nomadic period, he found it difficult to make friends when every other year or so he was greeted as the "new kid." Costner described this period in his life as riddled with low self-esteem. However, despite never being a great student, he did excel in sports, and soon became enamored with artistic endeavors, like writing and singing in the choir. When it came time to enter college, Costner enrolled in the business program at California State University, Fullerton. He joined a fraternity while attending the school, and graduated four years later. It was only during his last year of college, however, that Costner began giving some serious thought to becoming an actor. So, after college, he secretly began taking acting classes one night a week, making sure not to tell anyone-even his newly wed wife. Costner planned on keeping his acting hobby a secret until fate intervened and he found himself sitting in the same plane as the actor Richard Burton on a trip from Mexico. Costner eventually worked up the nerve to speak to Burton, and the two had what would eventually be a life-changing conversation. Burton told Costner that if he was serious about acting, he should pursue it with gusto, because he would never forgive himself if he didn't. Despite never meeting again, Costner cited that chance meeting with Richard Burton as forever changing the course of his life. Shortly after returning from Mexico, Costner revealed to his wife of his intention to become an actor. He then began taking acting classers five nights a week, quit his job in marketing, and began doing odd jobs like driving a truck and giving tours of movie star homes to make ends meet. He nabbed his first film acting role in "Malibu Hot Summer," also known as "Sizzle Beach, U.S.A." Although the movie was filmed in the late 1970s, it was not released until 1986, when Kevin Costner had become a bona fide star. Costner continued nabbing a number of small roles throughout the 80s, in films like "Chasing Dreams" (1982), "Stacy's Knights" (1983), and "Table for Five" (1983). He was also cast in director Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 ensemble comedy-drama "The Big Chill" as Alex, the friend whose suicide prompts the group of 7 college friends to reunite for Alex's funeral. Several of Costner's scenes were supposed to be flashbacks used in the story, but when the film was released in 1983, all of Costner's scenes were cut. Kasdan felt awful about having to cut Costner from "The Big Chill" and promised him a part in his next film. That film was the action-drama "Silverado," which was released two years later in 1985. His appearance in "Silverado" was a breakout role for Costner, and in the years that followed his career really took off. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, Kevin Costner rose to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, with a number of critically-acclaimed roles in films like "Field of Dreams," "Dances with Wolves," and "JFK." In addition to starring in "Dances with Wolves," Costner also directed the film and produced it. "Dances with Wolves" took home the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars at the 1991 Academy Awards, giving Costner his very first Oscar wins. Having just come off one of the best acting streaks in Hollywood history, by the mid-90s Costner showed signs of no longer having the Midas touch. In 1995 starred in the dystopian sci-fi epic "Waterworld." In addition to being the most expensive film ever made at the time, "Waterworld" was a massive flop at the box office, thus proving to be a catastrophic blow to Costner's once untouchable career. In the years that followed, Costner would appear in several more critical duds, including "The Postman" (1997), which he also directed, "Message in a Bottle" (1999), "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001), and "Rumor Has It" (2005). By the mid to late-2000s, however, Costner's career, once on life support, began to rebound. In addition to appearing in well-received films like "The Upside of Anger" (2005) and "The Company Men" (2010), he also earned praise for his role as "Devil" Anse Hatfield in the Western mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" (History, 2012). By the 2010s, Costner's acting comeback was in full force. He was lauded for his performances in films like "Hidden Figures" (2016) and "Molly's Game" (2017), and in 2018 returned to TV as John Dutton on the western series "Yellowstone" (Paramount Network, 2018- ). "Yellowstone" was the first regular TV series role Costner accepted in his career. In 2019 Costner supplied the voice of Enzo the dog in the comedy-drama "The Art of Racing in the Rain" (2019).

Highest rated movies

Bull Durham
Hidden Figures
Night Shift
No Way Out
Field of Dreams
Regarding Susan Sontag




84% 76% Let Him Go George Blackledge (Character),
Executive Producer
$9.4M 2020
44% 96% The Art of Racing in the Rain Enzo (Voice) $26.4M 2019
58% 73% The Highwaymen Frank Hamer (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2019
88% 75% Whitney Self $3.0M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation, the War for Independence, and the Making of America Narrator - 2017
82% 84% Molly's Game Father (Character) $28.7M 2017
93% 93% Hidden Figures Al Harrison (Character) $169.3M 2016
No Score Yet 37% The Hurt Business Narrator - 2016
29% 47% Criminal Jerico Stewart (Character) $14.7M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hatfields & Mccoys Devil Anse Hatfield (Character) - 2016
90% 79% Fastball Narrator - 2015
80% 88% McFarland, USA Jim White (Character) $44.5M 2015
86% 58% Regarding Susan Sontag Crash Davis (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Banker Unknown (Character) - 2014
38% 65% Black or White Elliott Anderson (Character),
$21.6M 2014
60% 65% Draft Day Sonny Weaver Jr. (Character) $28.8M 2014
28% 43% 3 Days to Kill Ethan Renner (Character) $30.7M 2014
54% 53% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Harper (Character) $50.5M 2014
56% 75% Man of Steel Jonathan Kent (Character) $291.0M 2013
67% 55% The Company Men Jack Dolan (Character) $4.4M 2010
33% 24% The New Daughter John James (Character) - 2009
38% 41% Swing Vote Bud Johnson (Character),
$16.3M 2008
55% 76% Mr. Brooks Mr. Brooks (Character),
$28.5M 2007
50% 54% Ever Again Narrator $10.8K 2006
37% 80% The Guardian Ben Randall (Character) $55.0M 2006
No Score Yet 57% On Native Soil Narrator - 2006
21% 41% Rumor Has It ... Beau Burroughs (Character) $43.0M 2005
74% 63% The Upside of Anger Denny Davies (Character) $18.8M 2005
79% 84% Open Range Charley Waite (Character),
$58.3M 2003
7% 62% Dragonfly Joe Darrow (Character) $30.1M 2002
14% 46% 3000 Miles to Graceland Murphy (Character) $15.7M 2001
83% 80% Thirteen Days Kenny O'Donnell (Character),
$34.6M 2000
46% 75% For Love of the Game Billy Chapel (Character) $35.2M 1999
32% 66% Message in a Bottle Garret Blake (Character),
$52.8M 1999
8% 50% The Postman The Postman (Character),
$17.6M 1997
72% 65% Tin Cup Roy McAvoy (Character) $53.9M 1996
45% 43% Waterworld Mariner (Character),
$88.2M 1995
No Score Yet 62% Rapa Nui Producer $286.6K 1994
25% 73% The War Stephen Simmons (Character) $16.5M 1994
32% 61% Wyatt Earp Wyatt Earp (Character),
$24.6M 1994
79% 84% A Perfect World Robert 'Butch' Haynes (Character) $29.7M 1993
35% 64% The Bodyguard Frank Farmer (Character),
$61.0K 1992
85% 88% JFK Jim Garrison (Character) - 1991
51% 72% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Robin of Locksley (Character) $165.1M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood: The Myth, The Man, The Movie Unknown (Character) - 1991
33% 54% Revenge Cochran (Character) $15.1M 1990
83% 87% Dances With Wolves Lieutenant John Dunbar/Dances with Wolves (Character),
$184.0M 1990
88% 86% Field of Dreams Ray Kinsella (Character) $61.8M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories: The Movie Captain (Character) - 1989
97% 82% Bull Durham Crash Davis (Character) $49.9M 1988
82% 89% The Untouchables Eliot Ness (Character) $74.5M 1987
91% 72% No Way Out Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell (Character) $31.7M 1987
No Score Yet 0% Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. John Logan (Character) - 1986
77% 80% Silverado Jake (Character) - 1985
63% 77% Fandango Gardner Barnes (Character) - 1985
67% 50% American Flyers Marcus Sommers (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 25% The Gunrunner Ted (Character) - 1984
89% 75% Testament Phil Pitkin (Character) - 1983
67% 59% Table for Five Newlywed Husband (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 21% Stacy's Knights Will Bonner (Character) - 1983
93% 63% Night Shift Frat Boy 1 (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 0% Shadows Run Black Jimmy Scott (Character) - 1981


83% 84% Yellowstone John Dutton (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014-2015 2017-2019
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrated Self 2015
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2014
No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
71% 80% Hatfields & McCoys Devil Anse Hatfield (Character) 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet 500 Nations Host 1995
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1985