Kevin Michael Costner was born January 18, 1955 and he is an American actor and filmmaker.

Kevin Costner Biography

He was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California, and grew up in Compton, California . He is the youngest of three children, the middle of whom died at birth. 

His mother, Sharon Rae (born Tedrick), was a social worker, and his father, William Costner, was an electrician and later a utility executive with Southern California Edison . 

His father’s heritage traces back to German immigrants to North Carolina in the 1700s,  and Costner also has English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.  Costner was raised Baptist. I was not academically inclined at school. 

He enjoyed sports (especially soccer), took piano lessons, wrote poetry, and sang in the First Baptist Choir. He has stated that watching the 1963 film How the West Was Won at the age of seven had “shaped” his childhood. 

He has described spending his teenage years in different parts of California as his father’s career progressed,  as a period where he “lost a lot of confidence”, often having to make new friends.

Costner lived in Ventura, then Visalia; he moved to Orange County and attended Mt. Whitney High School where he was in the marching band. 

He graduated from Villa Park High School in 1973. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1978.  While at CSUF, he became a Delta Chi fraternity brother. 

Kevin Costner Career

Costner made her film debut in the film Sizzle Beach, USA (originally known as Hot Malibu Summer ). Shot in the winter of 1978-1979, the film was not released until 1981 and was re-released in 1986.

Release complications and lack of documentation lead many to believe that Costner’s debut was in The Touch (also known as The Touch) as Stacy’s Knights , in 1983 with Eve Lilith and Andra Millian. Costner made a brief appearance in the Ron Howard film Night Shift (1982). 

He is credited as ‘Frat Boy No. 1’ and appears at the climax of a frat-style party at the New York City morgue, when the music is suddenly stopped by a frantic Henry Winkler. Costner can be seen holding a beer and looking shocked at the sudden interruption of the celebration.

Costner appeared in a commercial for Apple Lisa and Table for Five in 1983 and, the same year, had a small role in the nuclear holocaust film Testament . Later, he was cast in The Big Chill and filmed several scenes that were planned as flashbacks, but were cut from the final cut. 

His role was Alex, the friend who committed suicide, the event that brings the rest of the cast together. Costner was a friend of director Lawrence Kasdan, who promised the actor a role in a future project. That became Silverado (1985) and a breakout role for Costner. 

He also acted that year in the smaller Fandango movies and American Flyers and appeared alongside Kiefer Sutherland in an hour-long special episode of Steven Spielberg‘s Amazing Stories .

Costner achieved movie star status in 1987, when he played federal agent Eliot Ness in The Untouchables and in the title role of the thriller No Way Out . He cemented his A-list status in the baseball-themed films Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989). 

In 1990, he teamed up with producer Jim Wilson to form the production company Tig Productions.  Tig’s first film was the epic Dances with Wolves,which Costner directed and starred in. 

This film has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including two for him personally (Best Picture and Best Director). The same year saw the release of Revenge , in which he was co-starring with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, directed by Tony Scott; Costner had wanted to run it himself.

Kevin Costner Awards And Nominations

1992-Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement 

2000-Little League World Museum Hall of Excellence

2003-The Hollywood Walk of Fame , 6807 Hollywood Boulevard, 11 de agosto de 2003, Motion Pictures

2019-Hall of Performers of the Great West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Kevin Costner Political Activism

Early in his life, Costner was a Republican. He was a supporter and good friend of Ronald Reagan, and frequently played golf with the former president. He eventually changed his affiliation in the early 1990s.

Since 1992, Costner has financially supported a variety of Democratic politicians, including Al Gore and Tom Daschle, but also made contributions to Republican Phil Gramm until 1995.  He said publicly in 2008 that he had no ambition to run for politics office, adding “I’ve lived quite a colorful life. 

In the final days before the 2008 election, he campaigned for Barack Obama, visiting various locations in Colorado, where he has a home. 

In his speech, he stressed the need for young voters to get to the polls, early and with enthusiasm. “We were going to change the world and we haven’t,” Costner said at a Colorado State University rally. “My generation didn’t do it and we need you to help us.” 

In October 2014, he was sending a tribute to British troops serving around the world thanking them for their work. 

On December 22, 2019, he endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg at a rally in Indianola, Iowa.  He narrated a commercial for JD Scholten, a Democrat running for the United States House of Representatives from Iowa ‘s 4th congressional district .

Kevin Costner And NASCAR

He was ceremonially named Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 500, which took place on February 25, 2007, at the California Speedway. 

In 2008, he worked with NASCAR Media Group and CMT Films to help produce the NASCAR documentary The Ride of Their Lives, to be released in 2009  . 

He would be the narrator of that documentary. Also in 2009, he was named the spokesperson for NASCAR Day which took place on May 15. 

The next day, May 16, he and his country music band would play in the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway and judge the Second Annual Victory Challenge before the 25th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Kevin Costner Movies

He began his acting career in Sizzle Beach, USA (1981). After a few minor supporting parts, he rose to fame with his portrayal of Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987). 

This was followed by a successful period in his career with leading roles in No Way Out (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), for which he won two Academy Awards, JFK. (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992) and A Perfect World(1993). 

In 1995, he starred in and co-produced Waterworld , the most expensive film ever made at the time,  which was a box office disappointment. His second feature film as director, The Postman , was released in 1997. 

He subsequently starred in a series of box office flops including; Message in a Bottle (1999), For the Love of the Game (1999), Thirteen Days (2000), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Dragonfly (2002), Rumor Has It (2005), TheGuardian (2006), Mr Brooks ( 2007),3 Days to Kill (2014), McFarland, USA (2015), Draft Day (2014), and Criminal (2016). 

He has also had supporting roles in films such as The Upside of Anger (2005), Man of Steel (2013), Hidden Figures (2016), Molly’s Game (2017), and Let Him Go (2020).

On television, Costner played Devil Anse Hatfield in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie . 

Since 2018, he has portrayed John Dutton in the critically acclaimed popular drama series Yellowstone .

Kevin Costner Wife

He has been married twice and has seven children from three separate relationships. In 1975, while in college, he began dating fellow student Cindy Silva, and they married three years later. 

Meanwhile the marriage they had three children: daughters Annie born on 1984 and Lily who was born on 1986, and son Joe  who was on 1988. 

The couple divorced in 1994 after 16 years of marriage. He has a son, Liam Timothy  who was born on 1996, with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a brief relationship after his divorce,  and later dated political activist Birgit Cunningham.  In 1996, he lived with supermodel Elle Macpherson

On September 25, 2004, he married his girlfriend of four years, model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner,  at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado. They have three sons: Cayden (b. 2007) and Hayes (b. 2009), and daughter Grace (b. 2010).

How Old Is Kevin Costner

He is 76 years old.

Kevin Costner Net Worth

His net worth is now estimated at $250 million, says Celebrity Net Worth. He has earned most of this money through his career in the film industry, mainly from his acting roles. 

However, he has also made money from his other ventures in music and business. He continues to act and has an upcoming role in the movie ‘Let Him Go’, which is in post-production. Therefore, he has the potential to further increase his wealth.

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