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Kevin Costner



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. Ba

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Hidden Figures
  • Al Harrison
2017
30% Criminal
  • Jericho Stewart
2016
89% Fastball
  • Narrator
2016
64% The Man Who Saved the World
  • Actor
2015
80% McFarland USA
  • Jim White
2015
40% Black or White
  • Producer
  • Elliott Anderson
2015
60% Draft Day
  • Sonny Weaver, Jr.
2014
28% 3 Days To Kill
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Untitled McG Sci-Fi/Adventure Project
  • Ethan Runner
2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • William Harper
2014
55% Man of Steel
  • Jonathan Kent
2013
No Score Yet The 20th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard Event
  • Actor
2012
67% The Company Men
  • Jack Dolan
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
2008
No Score Yet NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Kevin Costner & Modern West - Backyard
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Kevin Costner & Modern West - Superman 14
  • Actor
2008
55% Mr. Brooks
  • Producer
  • Earl Brooks
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
2005
74% The Upside of Anger
  • Denny Davies
2005
79% Open Range
  • Producer
  • Charley Waite
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Hollywood Pinstripes
  • Actor
2003
7% Dragonfly
  • Joe Darrow
2002
14% 3000 Miles to Graceland
  • Thomas J. Murphy
2001
83% Thirteen Days
  • Producer
  • Ken O'Donnell
2000
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Ringside Fan
1999
46% For Love of the Game
  • Billy Chapel
1999
32% Message in a Bottle
  • Garret Blake
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song
  • Actor
1998
9% The Postman
  • Producer
  • Director
  • The Postman
1997
69% Tin Cup
  • Roy McAvoy
1996
42% Waterworld
  • Mariner
  • Producer
1995
27% The War
  • Stephen Simmons
1994
No Score Yet Rapa Nui
  • Producer
1994
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Wyatt Earp
  • Producer
1994
40% China Moon
  • Producer
1994
81% A Perfect World
  • Butch Haynes
1993
32% The Bodyguard
  • Frank Farmer
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy
  • Interviewee
1992
84% JFK
  • DA Jim Garrison
1991
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Robin of Locksley
1991
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Himself
1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Actor
1991
82% Dances With Wolves
  • Director
  • Lt. John Dunbar
  • Producer
1990
33% Revenge
  • Jay Cochran
  • Executive Producer
1990
86% Field of Dreams
  • Ray Kinsella
1989
No Score Yet Chasing Dreams
  • Actor
1989
97% Bull Durham
  • Crash Davis
1988
91% No Way Out
  • Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell
1987
80% 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
76% Silverado
  • Jake
1985
No Score Yet Stacy's Knights
  • Will Bonner
1983
86% Testament
  • Phil Pitkin
1983
68% The Big Chill
  • Alex
1983
No Score Yet The Gunrunner
  • Ted Beaubien
1983
60% Table for Five
  • Newlywed
1983
68% Frances
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Touch
  • Actor
1982
95% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
65% Hatfields & Mccoys
2012
  • Producer
  • "Devil" Anse Hatfield
  • Director
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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