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Kevin Costner

Birth Name: 
Kevin Michael Costner
Birthday: 
Tuesday, January 18, 1955
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Birth Place: 
Lynwood, California, USA
Height: 
6'1"

Kevin was born in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His Dad's job required him to move regularly, which caused Kevin to feel like an Army kid, always the new kid at school, which led to him being a daydreamer. As a teen, he sang in the Baptist church choir, wrote poetry, and took writing classes. 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). Costner's career took off after that. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

1991 - Won - Best Director (Dances With Wolves)
1991 - Won - Best Picture (Dances With Wolves)
1991 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dances With Wolvess)

News

Kevin Costner On For "Three Days To Kill"?

Fresh from a TV hit with The Hatfields And The McCoys, and from his stint as Superman's adoptive dad in Man Of Steel, Kevin Costner is now eyeing roles in the Jack Ryan reboot and the Luc Besson-produced thriller Three Days To Kill.... Read more
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Bill Paxton Joins Kevin Costner in History Miniseries 'The Hatfields and McCoys'

History miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys adds Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton to its cast.... Read more
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Amy Adams Cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's 'Superman'

Amy Adams has landed the iconic role of journalist Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Adams joins Henry Cavill, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner on the production, which will be directed by Zack Snyder.... Read more
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Kevin Costner Closes Deal to Join 'Superman'

Kevin Costner has closed a deal to join the cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' new Superman movie being directed by Zack Snyder.... Read more
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Kevin Costner Wanted For Superman

Now that Zack Snyder and producer Chris Nolan have tracked down Henry Cavill as the man they want sporting Superman’s tights, the filmmakers are looking to fill in some of the other main roles.... Read more
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Reviews

The Company Men (BLU-RAY)

It’s always interesting to see how films interpret times of upheaval while those periods are actually still in progress: war movies shot while the war itself is still going on, political movies completed while someone is still in office…and in the case of The Company Men, a refle... Read more
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The Company Men

 In a time where jobs are at stake and people are struggling to support their families, no one company is safe from the destruction of the economy. As employees, we give ourselves to our companies. So what do our companies do for us?... Read more
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The New Daughter (BLU-RAY)

Kevin Costner stars in this creepy horror based on the short story by the same name. When John James moves into a new house with his two kids, Louisa and Sam, weird things start to happen.... Read more
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The Ride of Their Lives

Personally, I find NASCAR to be one of the most boring sports to watch, after all, it's just a bunch of drivers making left hand turns over and over again. Of course, there's more to it but still, it's pretty difficult to watch.... Read more
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Swing Vote

Kevin Costner plays Bud Johnson, an apathetic American who gets pulled into the middle of a political snafu when his vote is needed to decide the Presidency.... Read more
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Videos

Draft Day (Is This A Bad Time)

Draft Day (Is This A Bad Time)

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3 Days To Kill (Secret Agent)

3 Days To Kill (Secret Agent)

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Draft Day (Should I Pick Bo)

Draft Day (Should I Pick Bo)

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Draft Day (It's Good To Be The Owner)

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Draft Day (Watch Me Sack Him)

Draft Day (Watch Me Sack Him)

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