Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, and singer, best known for his impressive role of rugged characters with hard emotions. Born to middle-class parents, he attended many schools to complete his education but was never too inclined towards academics. He took more interest in sports and artistic activities, such as playing the piano and writing poems. After graduating from the business school at ‘California State University, Fullerton,’ Costner took up a marketing job despite desiring a career in acting. After an accidental meeting with the actor Richard Burton, who encouraged him to pursue acting seriously, Costner started taking acting lessons and took up different jobs to support his family.
After showing in cameos and minor roles in some of his early films, he showed in the 1987 movie ‘The Untouchables’ which proved to be the turning point of his career. He followed it up with great performances in films, such as ‘No Way Out,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ and ‘Field of Dreams,’ all of which solidified his status as a star actor. Later on, he established himself as an exceptional director and producer with his epic Western war film ‘Dances with Wolves’ which received the ‘Academy Award for Best Picture’ and earned him the ‘Academy Award for Best Director.’
Kevin Costner Wiki/Bio
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Kevin Costner was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California, USA, to William Costner, an electrician who later served as a utility executive, and his wife, Sharon Rae Costner, a welfare worker. Kevin, the youngest son in the family, grew up with two brothers, namely Daniel Craig Costner and Mark Douglas Costner. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He believes in the Christian religion.
He received his education from ‘Buena High School’ and ‘Villa Park High School,’ but was not inclined towards academics. He took piano lessons, wrote poetry, and also sang in the ‘First Baptist Choir.’ In 1978, he obtained a B.A in marketing and finance from ‘California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). While in college, he also served as a member of the ‘Delta Chi fraternity.’ Kevin has an American citizenship and he belongs to a white ethnicity.
Costner married Cindy Silva, his college sweetheart after they graduated in 1978. They share three children together. After 16 years of marriage, Costner and Silva divorced in 1994. He then dated and had a son with Bridget Rooney. He also has dated Birgit Cunningham and Elle Macpherson. In 2004, Costner married model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner; they have three children together.
Kevin Costner Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Kevin’s height is 6 feet 1 inches and his weight is 70 kg. His body measurements are 36-34-15 inches. Kevin’s biceps size is 15 inches. He wears a shoes of 10 (US) size. Kevin has blue eyes and brown hair.
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Kevin Costner Net Worth
Kevin Costner has a net worth of $280 million. He has also invested in the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood. When he fired Francis and Carla Caneva, the managers of the casino, in July 2004, a judge ordered him to pay a percentage of $6.1 million to buy out the Canevas as his business partner. He then asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to re-examine the ruling in 2006, after an accountant he hired determined the market value of the casino to be $3.1 million.
Costner owns an extremely impressive real estate portfolio featuring gorgeous properties around the country. Here are some notable examples:
Costner owns a 160-acre property in Aspen that features three lakefront homes that can comfortably sleep 30 people. He acquired the property in three transactions. The first two transactions, one in the late 1980s and another in the early 1990s, were for undisclosed amounts.
In 2017 he paid $7.3 million for the third parcel to complete the 160-acre property. He rents this property out for the low price of $30,000 per NIGHT.
Nestled between Malibu and Santa Barbara is a quaint beachfront town called Carpinteria. In 2006 the Costners paid $28.5 million for a 17-acre undeveloped plot of land overlooking the ocean. They own an additional 10-acre property in Carpinteria which they tried to sell in 2017 for $60 million.
They reduced the price to $49 million a year later but ultimately took the property off the market. They previously owned a 7-acre property in the same area which they sold in 2009 for $25 million.
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Kevin Costner Movies And TV Shows
- Costner landed a role as a suicide victim in the 1983 ensemble drama The Big Chill, with Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, and others. But the film’s director, Lawrence Kasdan, remembered Costner and later signed him for the 1985 western Silverado. The film, which also starred Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover, proved to be a springboard to other opportunities in Hollywood.
- In 1987, Costner’s career really took off with two hit films. He starred with Sean Young in the popular thriller No Way Out and played the legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, with Sean Connery and Robert De Niro.
- Continuing his winning streak, Costner starred in the baseball romantic comedy Bull Durham (1988), with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
- With 1989’s Field of Dreams, Costner again won over audiences with his everyman appeal. He played a farmer who creates a baseball diamond on his land on the instruction of a voice he hears. The fantastical yet heartfelt film did well both critically and commercially.
- Costner, now an established box office star, got the green light to work on his directorial debut, Dances with Wolves (1990). The movie was a labor of love with shooting stretching out over 18 months, five of which were spent on location in South Dakota.
- Costner continued to enjoy box office success with the adventure tale Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and the romantic drama The Bodyguard (1992), with Whitney Houston. But Costner soon ran into a series of disappointments.
- Working as its star and producer, Costner faced a tremendous amount of challenges with the post-apocalyptic film Waterworld (1995). This futuristic tale of a nearly landless Earth had problems from the start. Filming largely took place on the open ocean on specially built platforms, one of which sank, but was recovered.
- Undaunted, Costner worked on another futuristic epic, The Postman (1997). He played the title character, a man who pretends to be a letter carrier in a post-apocalyptic America fractured by nuclear war. His charade brings hope to an isolated community. Some critics called The Postman the worst film of the year, while others noted that it was “a misfire” and “way too long, too pretentious and too self-indulgent.”
- After this film, Costner’s star power seemed to fade somewhat. He didn’t help his reputation by getting into a very public dispute with Universal over edits made to his next baseball film, For the Love of Game (1998). However, the actor showed that he still could give an impressive performance with Thirteen Days (2000), a true-life drama about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Remaining busy into the new millennium, Costner starred in the heist film 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) and in the 2005 romantic comedies The Upside of Anger and Rumor Has It.
- Following the 2008 election comedy Swing Vote, he appeared in the 2010 drama The Company Men, with Chris Cooper, Ben Affleck, and Tommy Lee Jones.
- In 2012, Costner tackled a juicy role on the small screen, starring in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Devil Anse Hatfield, the leader of a famous feuding family.
- A busy 2014 had Costner appearing in Man of Steel as Superman’s adoptive Earth father — a role he reprised for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 3 Days to Kill, Draft Day and Black or White.
- After starring as coach Jim White in the inspirational sports drama McFarland, USA (2015), he had prominent supporting roles in Hidden Figures (2016) and Molly’s Game (2017).
- Beginning in 2018, Costner found more success on the small screen with Yellowstone. The drama has the veteran actor starring John Dutton, owner of a sprawling ranch, with a cast that includes Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, and Wes Bentley as his children.
- In June 2019, around the time that season 2 premiered, it was announced that the series would return for a third season on Paramount Network.
- Costner starred in Netflix’s The Highwaymen (2019) as Frank Hamer, the former Texas Ranger who spearheaded the successful hunt of the infamous crime duo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
- He then went in a different direction after years of leading man roles, voicing the character of Enzo the dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019).
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Kevin Costner Facts
- He is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity of CSUF.
- In May 1998, readers of the German magazine Amica voted Kevin as the “Mos Erotic Male”.
- In October 1997, Empire (UK) magazine ranked him as #27 on their list of “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.
- His earlier jobs include working as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
- In 1990 and 1991, People magazine added him to their list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”.
- In 1986 in John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 38, he was listed as one of the 12 “Promising New Actors of 1986”.
- Kevin built a golf course on the land given to him by the Sioux nation after making Dances with Wolves (1990).
- In 1995, Empire magazine included him at #87 in their list of “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History”.
- He has starred in films about John F. Kennedy a couple of times including JFK (1991) and Thirteen Days (2000).
- Kevin has purposely avoided appearing in film sequels making him one of the few blockbuster stars to do so.
- He is a co-owner of the Midnight Star casino in Deadwood, South Dakota.
- In 2003, he opened the Tatanka Interpretive site in Deadwood, South Dakota.
- In Aspen, Colorado, his ranch is estimated to be around 165 acres.
- He is a fan of the English soccer club Arsenal Football Club.
- Kevin has participated numerous times in the celebrity golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California.
- He is stated to enjoy movies like Red River (1948), Ben-Hur (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Spartacus (1960).
- Kevin is one of the few actors to be recognized for winning an Academy Award for “Best Director”.
- He is known for doing several baseball-themed films like Chasing Dreams (1982), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), For Love of the Game (1999), and The Upside of Anger (2005).
- Two of his films Dances with Wolves (1990) at #59 and Field of Dreams (1989) at #28 are included on the American Film Institute‘s list of “100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time”.
- He supported Bill Clinton in his presidential elections in 1992 and 1996.
- He owns production companies named TIG Productions and Treehouse Films. His paternal grandmother’s nickname inspired the name “Tig”.
- In the early 1990s, he used to play golf with former President Ronald Reagan.
- He is a skilled equestrian which is reflected in the film The Postman (1997) where he did his own riding.
- On August 11, 2003, he received the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- He along with his brother Dan founded the Costner Industries Nevada Corporation (CINC) in Carson City.
- In 2008, he was inducted into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame.
- He has been a part of numerous “Best Picture” Oscar-nominated films like Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), JFK (1991), and Hidden Figures (2016).
- He is a supporter of the New York Knicks.
- In 2015, he released a book titled The Explorers Guild, which was co-written by Jon Baird.
Kevin Costner’s Wife Is A Former Model Who Is Now A Handbag Designer. Christine Baumgartner And Costner Met Back In The 80′- Before Costner And Ex-wife Cindy Silva Split. They Happened To Re-meet At A Restaurant Almost 5 Years After His Divorce. The Costner Family Now Consists Of Three Young Ones’.
Costner Was Raised In A Baptist Home And Sang In The Church Choir. When Commenting On His Religious Beliefs, He Says That He Has Faith In God, But It Is Tested.
Costner Is Currently Starring As The Billionaire Rancher, John Dutton, In The Paramount Network Show, Yellowstone. The Show Has Been A Big Hit For The Network. Season Two Just Premiered Earlier This Month, And Yellowstone Has Already Been Confirmed For Season Three.
Kevin Costner And Whitney Houston Shared Career Success In “The Bodyguard” And Remained Close Friends After The 1992 Film But It Wasn’t Until Houston’s Surprise Death In February That The Actor Realized The Depth Of The Connection They Shared.
The Paramount Series Is Full Of Drama, Romance, Horseback Riding, Shootouts, And Well, Kevin Costner. On The Show, The Ranch, Which Is Located In Montana And Borders Yellowstone National Park (Hence The Show’s Name), Is Described As “The Largest Ranch In The U.S.”