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Kevin Costner
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Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Occupations: Actor, Director, Producer
Quote: "It sounds vain, but I could probably make a difference for almost everyone I ever met if I chose to involve myself with them either professionally or personally."
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Claim to Fame: Played veteran baseball player Crash Davis in Bull Durham (1988)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Cindy Silva, restaurateur; married in 1978; separated October 1994; divorced
Bridget Rooney; reportedly involved with Costner briefly in 1996; mother of Costner's son Liam

Family:
Father: Bill Costner, power-company worker
Mother: Sharon Costner, welfare worker
Brother: Dan; built the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota, with Kevin after Dances with Wolves
Daughter: Annie; born in 1985
Daughter: Lily; born in 1987
Son: Joe; born in 1988
Son: Liam Rooney; born in 1996; mother, Bridget Rooney

Biography
The performance of this attractive leading man with a deadpan delivery was cut out of Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" (1983--he was Alex, the much-talked about but never-seen suicide). Kasdan repaid Kevin Costner by casting him as flashy cowboy in his revisionist Western "Silverado" (1985), which made audiences and critics take note of the actor. The California-born performer had marked time in small-scale features (e.g., "Stacy's Knight" 1982) before his star-making performance. He cemented his reputation as a sexy leading man in the thriller "No Way Out" (1987) and most particularly "Bull Durham" (1988). Demonstrating his dramatic capabilities, Costner anchored the slightly treacly "Field of Dreams" (1989) while honing an onscreen persona of of straightforward common virtue.

Like many thespians, Costner really wanted to direct and hit pay dirt with his premiere effort, the richly detailed if lengthy, "Dances With Wolves" (1990). The film was a surprise blockbuster, a landmark in the representation of American Indians in Hollywood and the year's big Oscar winner, netting seven statues including including Best Picture and Best Director for Costner. Firmly established as one of the biggest box-office draws of the 90s, he continued to attract sizable audiences to his films, whether critically lauded ("JFK" 1991) or otherwise ("Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" 1991 and "The Bodyguard" 1992). When Costner dropped his heroic persona to essay a charismatic escaped convict in the Clint Eastwood-directed "A Perfect World" (1993), audiences rejected his efforts despite the fact that many reviewers felt the actor delivered one of his best performances.

Costner returned to somewhat icy form depicting "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and took a decidedly supporting role as a Vietnam-era veteran in family-themed "The War" (also 1994). Chosing to expand into the burgeoning sci-fi market, he followed with the post-apocalyptic "Waterworld" (1995), playing the half-man/half-amphibian protagonist. The film was plagued by delays and mishaps--some of which were natural diasters. The budget reportedly soared to as high as $180 million, making it the then-costliest film ever made. Post-production was further complicated by conflicts with director Kevin Reynolds; Costner reportedly took over the editing of the final cut. The finished film was hardly the disaster predicted by industry insiders as it eventually earned enough to break even.

Nevertheless, Costner's reputation was damaged and he returned to sexy rogue mode for "Tin Cup" (1996), but the costly film wasn't a box-office hit. Even more disappointing was his second directorial effort, the three-hour would-be epic "The Postman" (1997), another futuristic tale hurt by a muddled trailer and negative reviews.

Filmography
Spirit: A Journey In Dance, Drums & Song
Dragonfly (2002)
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
Play It to the Bone (2000)
Fabulous Fenway: America's Legendary Ballpark (2000)
Thirteen Days (2000)
Message in a Bottle (1999)
For Love of the Game (1999)
The Postman (1997)
Tin Cup (1996)
Waterworld (1995)
China Moon (1994)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
The War (1994)
Rapa Nui (1994)
500 Nations (Series) (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 1: The Ancestors - Early Cultures of North America (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 2: Mexico - The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 3: Clash of Cultures - The People Who Met Columbus (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 4: Invasion of the Coast - The First English Settlements (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 5: Cauldron of War - Iroquois Democracy and the American Revolution (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 6: Removal - War and Exile in the East (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 7: Roads Across the Plains - Struggle for the West (1994)
500 Nations, Vol. 8: Attack on Culture - I Will Fight No More Forever (1994)
A Perfect World (1993)
Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)
The Bodyguard (1992)
JFK (1991)
World War II Collection: Remember Pearl Harbor (1991)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
The Earth Day Special (1990)
Revenge (1990)
Chasing Dreams (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Amazing Stories: The Movie 1 (1989)
Bull Durham (1988)
No Way Out (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (1986)
Amazing Stories, Book 1 (1985)
American Flyers (1985)
Fandango (1985)
Shadows Run Black (1985)
Silverado (1985)
Amazing Stories, Book 1 (1985)
The Gunrunner (1984)
Stacy's Knights (1983)
Table for Five (1983)
Testament (1983)
The Big Chill (1983)
Frances (1982)
Night Shift (1982)
Chasing Dreams (1982)

Awards:
1987: NATO/ShoWest: Star of Tomorrow
1990: Oscar: Best Director, Dances with Wolves
1990: Oscar: Best Picture, Dances with Wolves
1990: Directors Guild: Best Director, Dances with Wolves
1990: National Board of Review: Best Picture, Dances with Wolves
1990: National Board of Review: Best Director, Dances with Wolves
1990: Golden Globe: Best Director, Dances with Wolves
1991: Berlin Film Festival: Outstanding Single Achievement (Actor, Producer, Director), Dances with Wolves

Factoids:
He became a member of the Sioux Nation while filming the blockbuster Dances with Wolves (1989)

Education:
California State University, Fullerton (majored in business administration and marketing)

Agency:
Creative Artists Agency

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