Kevin Costner Biography |
  • Kevin Costner Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in , ,

    KEVIN COSTNER is a two-time Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, winning both Best Picture and Best Director for his directorial debut, "Dances with Wolves," which garnered seven total Oscars®, including a Best Actor nomination for Costner. For his work on the film, he also won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

    Throughout his career, Costner has varied his choices with comedy, action and dramatic roles. He has appeared in such popular box-office hits as "No Way Out," "Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams," "The Bodyguard" and "Wyatt Earp." He has also appeared in memorable roles in "JFK," "The Untouchables" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," and re-teamed with his "Bull Durham" director, Ron Shelton, for the hit feature "Tin Cup."

    Costner also starred in "Thirteen Days," successfully collaborating again with his "No Way Out" director, Roger Donaldson. His other film credits include "The Company Men," "For Love of the Game," "The War," "3,000 Miles to Graceland," "Dragonfly," "The Upside of Anger," "Rumor Has It," "The Guardian," "Mr. Brooks," "Swing Vote," "The New Daughter," and "The Postman," his second directing effort. Costner last directed the box office hit and critically acclaimed film "Open Range," in which he also co-starred alongside Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. He began his acting career in independent films, his first major motion picture being the coming-of-age comedy "Fandango."

    Costner was most recently seen on the small screen in the History Channel's record-setting miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," in which he portrayed "Devil" Anse Hatfield, the patriarch of the famed clan, opposite Bill Paxton. Costner also served as a producer of the series, which received 16 Emmy Award nominations, with five wins, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Costner. He also received the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards® for his performance.

    He will next be seen in the revival of Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" franchise, opposite Chris Pine, and in "Three Days to Kill," a thriller from director McG.

    When Costner is not working on films, he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar in his band, Modern West, and can be seen playing venues across the country. The band recorded a collection of songs Inspired by "Hatfields & McCoys" for an album entitled Famous For Killing Each Other, featuring the song "These Hills." Their song "The Angels Came Down," from their albumTurn It On, was adopted by the Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Wives organizations, which support the mothers, wives and families of fallen soldiers.

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