Kevin Costner

Highest Rated: 97% Bull Durham (1988)
Lowest Rated: 7% Dragonfly (2002)
Birthday: Jan 18, 1955
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, USA
One of Hollywood's most prominent strong, silent types, Kevin Costner was for several years the celluloid personification of the baseball industry, given his indelible mark with baseball-themed hits like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and For Love of the Game. His epic Western Dances with Wolves marked the first break from this trend and established Costner as a formidable directing talent to boot. Although several flops in the late '90s diminished his bankability, for many, Costner remained one of the industry's most enduring and endearing icons.A native of California, Costner was born January 18, 1955, in Lynnwood. While a marketing student at California State University in Fullerton, he became involved with community theater. Upon graduation in 1978, Costner took a marketing job that lasted all of 30 days before deciding to take a crack at acting. After an inauspicious 1974 film debut in the ultra-cheapie Sizzle Beach USA, Costner decided to take a more serious approach to acting. Venturing down the usual theater-workshop, multiple-audition route, the actor impressed casting directors who weren't really certain of how to use him. That may be one reason why Costner's big-studio debut in Night Shift (1982) consisted of little more than background decoration, and the same year's Frances featured the hapless young actor as an off-stage voice.Director Lawrence Kasdan liked Costner enough to cast him in the important role of the suicide victim who motivated the plot of The Big Chill (1983). Unfortunately, his flashback scenes were edited out of the movie, leaving all that was visible of the actor -- who had turned down Matthew Broderick's role in WarGames to take the part -- to be his dress suit, along with a fleeting glimpse of his hairline and hands as the undertaker prepared him for burial during the opening credits. Two years later, a guilt-ridden Kasdan chose Costner for a major part as a hell-raising gunfighter in the "retro" Western Silverado (1985), this time putting him in front of the camera for virtually the entire film. He also gained notice for the Diner-ish buddy road movie Fandango. The actor's big break came two years later as he burst onto the screen in two major films, No Way Out and The Untouchables; his growing popularity was further amplified with a brace of baseball films, released within months of one another. In Bull Durham (1988), the actor was taciturn minor-league ballplayer Crash Davis, and in the following year's Field of Dreams he was Ray Kinsella, a farmer who constructs a baseball diamond in his Iowa cornfield at the repeated urging of a voice that intones "if you build it, he will come."Riding high on the combined box-office success of these films, Costner was able to make his directing debut. With a small budget of 18 million dollars, he went off to the Black Hills of South Dakota to film the first Western epic that Hollywood had seen in years, a revisionist look at American Indian-white relationships titled Dances With Wolves (1990). The supposedly doomed project, in addition to being one of '90s biggest moneymakers, also took home a slew of Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture and Best Director (usurping Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas).Costner's luck continued with the 1991 costume epic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; this, too, made money, though it seriously strained Costner's longtime friendship with the film's director, Kevin Reynolds. The same year, Costner had another hit -- and critical success -- on his hands with Oliver Stone's JFK. The next year's The Bodyguard, a film which teamed Costner with Whitney Houston, did so well at the box office that it seemed the actor could do no wrong. However, his next film, A Perfect World (1993), directed by Clint Eastwood and casting the actor against type as a half-psycho, half-benign prison escapee, was a major disappointment, even though Costner himself garnered some acclaim. Bad luck followed Perfect World in the form of another cast-a

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
48% The Highwaymen Actor 2019
No Score Yet Estrada Sem Lei Actor 2019
82% Molly's Game Actor $28.8M 2018
93% Hidden Figures Al Harrison $169.4M 2017
30% Criminal Jericho Stewart 2016
89% Fastball Narrator 2016
69% The Man Who Saved the World Actor 2015
80% McFarland USA Jim White 2015
40% Black or White Producer Elliott Anderson $15.6M 2015
60% Draft Day Sonny Weaver, Jr. $21.2M 2014
No Score Yet Untitled McG Sci-Fi/Adventure Project Ethan Runner 2014
28% 3 Days To Kill Actor 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit William Harper $43.1M 2014
56% Man of Steel Jonathan Kent $291.1M 2013
No Score Yet The 20th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard Event Actor 2012
67% The Company Men Jack Dolan $4.5M 2011
No Score Yet Petty Blue Narrator 2010
33% The New Daughter John 2009
No Score Yet JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America Actor 2009
38% Swing Vote Producer Bud Johnson $16.3M 2008
No Score Yet NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives Actor 2008
55% Mr. Brooks Producer Earl Brooks $28.5M 2007
No Score Yet Laffit: All About Winning Narrator 2006
50% Ever Again Narrator 2006
No Score Yet He Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute Actor 2006
No Score Yet On Native Soil Narrator 2005
20% Rumor Has It Beau Burroughs $43M 2005
74% The Upside of Anger Denny Davies $18.8M 2005
79% Open Range Director Producer Charley Waite $58.3M 2003
No Score Yet Hollywood Pinstripes Actor 2003
7% Dragonfly Joe Darrow $30.1M 2002
14% 3000 Miles to Graceland Thomas J. Murphy $15.4M 2001
83% Thirteen Days Producer Ken O'Donnell 2000
11% Play It to the Bone Ringside Fan 1999
45% For Love of the Game Billy Chapel 1999
32% Message in a Bottle Garret Blake Producer 1999
9% The Postman The Postman Producer Director 1997
69% Tin Cup Roy McAvoy 1996
25% The War Stephen Simmons 1994
No Score Yet Rapa Nui Producer 1994
42% Wyatt Earp Producer Wyatt Earp 1994
40% China Moon Producer 1994
79% A Perfect World Butch Haynes 1993
34% The Bodyguard Frank Farmer Producer 1992
No Score Yet Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy Interviewee 1992
No Score Yet Whitney Houston: This is My Life Actor 1992
83% JFK DA Jim Garrison 1991
51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Robin of Locksley 1991
85% Madonna: Truth or Dare Himself 1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor Actor 1991
82% Dances With Wolves Director Lt. John Dunbar Producer 1990
38% Revenge Jay Cochran Executive Producer 1990
86% Field of Dreams Ray Kinsella 1989
97% Bull Durham Crash Davis 1988
91% No Way Out Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell 1987
81% The Untouchables Eliot Ness 1987
No Score Yet Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. John Logan 1986
No Score Yet Shadows Run Black Jimmy Scott 1986
65% American Flyers Marcus Sommers 1985
50% Fandango Gardner Barnes 1985
77% Silverado Jake $33.3M 1985
No Score Yet Stacy's Knights Will Bonner 1983
78% Testament Phil Pitkin 1983
66% The Big Chill Alex 1983
No Score Yet The Gunrunner Ted Beaubien 1983
67% Table for Five Newlywed 1983
65% Frances Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Touch Actor 1982
92% Night Shift Frat Boy #1 1982
No Score Yet Chasing Dreams Ed 1981
No Score Yet Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (Malibu Hot Summer) Actor 1974

TV

CREDIT
51% Yellowstone
2018
John Dutton Executive Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
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  • 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2014
71% Hatfields & Mccoys
2012
Director "Devil" Anse Hatfield Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2004

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