Kevin Costner is an American movie and television actor/writer. He has received twice Academy Awards, winning for Best Actor in A Few Good Men (1991), and Best Supporting Actor in Grease (2021). Other wins include an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, winning his second Academy Award for Best Director, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on the film Carlito’s Way (2021).
Costner first made a name for himself playing the main character of a good friend of John Wayne in the film A Few Good Men. He went on to play the same role in the critically acclaimed Man on the Moon (also with Keanu Reeves). Following those roles, he gained further success with the movie World in theaters. However, his most famous and successful acting performances came as part of the cast of the drama The Secret.
Kevin Costner Personal Details
- Date Of Birth: 18 January 1955
- Birth Place: Lynwood, California, USA
- Birth Name: Kevin Michael Costner
- Nickname: Kevin
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director, Musician
- Nationality: American
- Race/Ethnicity: White (English, German, Swiss-German, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish)
- Religion: Baptist
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Eye Color: Blue
Kevin Costner Body Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 183 lbs
- Weight in Kilogram: 83 kg
- Height in Feet: 6′ 1″
- Height in Meters: 1.85 m
- Shoe Size: 11 (US)
Kevin Costner Family Details
- Father: Bill Costner
- Mother: Sharon Costner
- Spouse: Christine Baumgartner (m. 2004-), Cindy Costner (m. 1978-1994)
- Children: Grace Avery Costner, Lily Costner, Hayes Logan Costner, Annie Costner, Cayden Wyatt
- Costner, Liam Costner, Joe Costner
- Siblings: Daniel Craig Costner (Brother), Mark Douglas Costner (Brother)
Kevin Costner Education
- California State University, Fullerton
Kevin Costner Favorite Things
- Genre: Western
- Directors: Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Sturges, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg.
- Films: How the West Was Won (1962), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Giant (1956), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Great Escape (1963), Hombre (1967), The Searchers (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Kevin Costner Facts
- He belongs of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swiss-German descent.
- One of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1990, 1991).
- He is a supporter of the English club Arsenal Football Club.
- He once was a bus driver for tours to stars’ Hollywood homes.
In this three-part film, Kevin Costner plays the title character of Henry Dunning, a man suffering from a mental disorder. In the first part, he is institutionalized after the events of the first part of the film, and in the second part he escapes from the mental institution. These actions earn him the respect of the other men in his life, and they encourage him to pursue his dream of dancing in the jazz. He goes so far as to enroll in the prestigious John Douglas University, in Washington D.C. However, his plans to pursue a professional dancing career are foiled by the arrival of a beautiful blonde beauty named Pamela Anderson, who ends up taking his place. Their falling out of love is the catalyst that takes the story to the dramatic turn it eventually moves to.
For most of his Hollywood acting career, Kevin Costner has portrayed characters that were typically anti-heroes. He was a good friend of Robert DeNiro in their early days on the New York theater scene, but their friendship soured when DeNiro discovered that Costner had signed with MGM after their split. The break he got with famous actor Kasdan paved the way for Costner’s two most successful films of the 1990s; orman and Magnolia. Although his participation in such box-office hits as Tombstone, Vanilla Sky and Saturday Night Fever owed much to the influence of those movies’ star, those roles nonetheless served as the biggest boost to Kevin Costner’s career. Those movies also helped him pave the way for his acceptance into the Hollywood elite.
Another of Kevin Costner’s roles that almost catapulted him to stardom was his performance in the acclaimed western film Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He had previously appeared in the equally successful spaghetti western Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but in those roles he did not display his usual skill that made him likable by audiences. His only previous feature was the movie version of The Bodyguard. However, he finally received a nomination for an Academy Award for his work in both of those films, and that award boosted his star status to a level that is rarely surpassed by actors with less critical acclaim. It also led to the hiring of him by Clint Eastwood to play the lead in the Clint Eastwood directed Man on the Moon. The success of that film paved the way for Costner to star in another big Hollywood blockbuster; Casino.
Although the aforementioned movies were well received by movie-goers, it was the Oscar win for Bodyguard Houston that really elevated Kevin Costner’s career. His turn as Harvey Dent was arguably even more memorable, as he was cast as the first ever happy ending love story in Hollywood, The Bodyguard. The role was tailor-made for Costner, who also demonstrated the ability to imbibe the character with real emotional depth. For all his years of acting, Kevin Costner has never quite matched up to the amazing bodyguard Whitney Houston.