Spending his teenage years in various parts of California as his father's career progressed, Costner lived in Orange County, then in Visalia (Tulare County), attending Mt. Whitney High School, and graduated from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, California, in 1973. He went on to earn a B.A. in business from California State University, Fullerton, in 1978, where he was a member and President of the Delta Chi Fraternity and met bride-to-be Cindy Silva.
Having agreed to undertake a job as a marketing executive on return, Costner began taking acting lessons five nights a week, with the support of his wife. His marketing job lasted 30 days. He took work which allowed him to develop his acting skills via tuition, including working on fishing boats, as a truck driver, and giving tours of stars' Hollywood homes to support the couple while he also made the audition rounds.
Full-blown movie star status for Costner arrived in 1987 when he starred as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables and in the leading role of the thriller No Way Out. He solidified his A-list status in the baseball-themed films Bull Durham and Field of Dreams.
Costner's greatest success came with the epic Dances with Wolves (1990). He directed and starred in the film and served as one of its producers. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including two for him personally (Best Picture and Best Director). Revenge (1990), in which he starred along with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, directed by Tony Scott (Costner had wanted to direct it himself), was another notable film from the same year.
He followed this with Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991), the Oliver Stone-directed JFK (1991), The Bodyguard (1992) and Clint Eastwood's A Perfect World (1993), all of which provided huge box office or critical acclaim.
He then took the title role in the biopic Wyatt Earp (1994), directed by Kasdan. It fizzled at the summer 1994 box office. The science fiction epics Waterworld (1995) and The Postman (1997), the latter of which Costner also directed, were both major commercial disappointments and are both largely regarded by critics as artistic failures. (Waterworld in particular has made several critics' "Worst Movies of All Time" lists.)
Costner then starred in the golf comedy Tin Cup (1996) for Ron Shelton, who had previously directed him in "Bull Durham." The actor developed the film Air Force One and was set to play the lead role of the President, but ultimately decided to concentrate on finishing The Postman instead. He personally offered the project to Harrison Ford.
His career revived somewhat in 2000 with Thirteen Days, in which he portrayed a top adviser to John F. Kennedy. The western Open Range, which he directed and starred in, received critical acclaim in 2003, though it was only a minor success commercially.
After that, Costner starred in The Guardian and in Mr. Brooks, in which he portrayed a serial killer. Costner was honored on September 6, 2006 when his hand and foot prints were set in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre alongside those of other celebrated actors and entertainers.
While in college, Costner was a member of Delta Chi fraternity. He started dating fellow student Cindy Silva in March 1975, and their subsequent marriage produced three children: Annie (born in 1984), Lily (born in 1986), and Joe (born in 1988). Kevin and Cindy divorced in 1994 after 16 years of marriage. He also has a son, Liam (born in 1996), with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a brief relationship following his divorce.
In 1996 he dated and lived with supermodel Elle MacPherson.
On September 25, 2004, Costner married his girlfriend of four years, the German model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner, at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado. Guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Oliver Stone, and Bruce Willis, were treated to activities including horseback riding and baseball during the weekend festivities. Costner took his new bride for a canoe ride on a lake following the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Scotland. Their first child, Cayden Wyatt Costner, was born on May 6, 2007 at 10:30 p.m. at a Los Angeles hospital. He weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz.
Several of Costner's films have included a baseball theme. They include Chasing Dreams, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game and The Upside of Anger, in which his character is a former pro baseball player. The actor plays regularly in celebrity golf tournaments, including the PGA Tour's annual pro-am at Pebble Beach, California and the BMW Pro-Am held each April in Greenville County, South Carolina.
Costner owns 93.5% of the "Midnight Star" casino, in Deadwood, South Dakota. The casino, its sports bar, "Diamond Lil's," and its restaurant, "Jake's," are named after characters and locations from the movie Silverado and the facility contains posters, costumes, and other memorabilia from Costner's films. In July 2004, Costner fired Francis and Carla Caneva, who managed the Midnight Star. A judge subsequently ordered Costner to pay $6.1 million to buy out the Caneva's as his business partners. In October 2006, Costner asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to re-examine the ruling, as an accountant hired by the actor had determined the market value of the casino to be $3.1 million.
Costner is a fan of the London, England, football team Arsenal F.C. While filming Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he was given the opportunity to attend a game and has followed the team ever since. The actor was named ceremonial Grand Marshall of the Auto550 club for the February 25, 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup auto race event at the California Speedway.
He has a home in Austin, Texas and sometimes appears at University of Texas baseball practices and games. Costner is a close friend to Longhorns baseball coach Augie Garrido, from Garrido's days coaching at Cal State Fullerton, the actor's alma mater. He cast Garrido to play the role of "Yankee Manager" in his film For Love of the Game. He tries to attend every College World Series game that Cal State Fullerton plays in Omaha, Nebraska.
He is also the singer of "Kevin Costner and Modern West," a rock/country band which he founded with the encouragement of his wife Christine. He began a worldwide tour with the band in October 2007, which included shows in Istanbul and Rome.
Since 1992, Costner has financially supported a variety of Democratic Party politicians, including Al Gore and Tom Daschle, but also made contributions to Republican Phil Gramm as late as 1995. He said publicly in 2008 that he has no ambition to run for political office, adding "I've lived quite a colorful life."
|Night Shift||Frat Boy #1|
|Struggle (short film)||Joe, Policeman #2||a friends student movie|
|Frances||Luther (Man in Alley)||qualified for Screen Actor's Guild card|
|1983||Stacy's Knights||Will Bonner|
|Table for Five||Newlywed husband|
|The Big Chill||Alex||scenes deleted|
|1985||Fandango||Gardner Barnes, Groover|
|American Flyers||Marcus Sommers|
|1986||Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.||John Logan||originally filmed in 1974|
|Shadows Run Black||Jimmy Scott|
|1987||The Untouchables||Eliot Ness|
|No Way Out||Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell|
|1988||Bull Durham||Crash Davis|
|1989||Field of Dreams||Ray Kinsella|
|1990||Revenge||Michael 'Jay' Cochran||also executive producer|
|Dances with Wolves||Lieutenant Dunbar||also director and producer|
|1991||Madonna: Truth or Dare||Himself|| documentary |
|Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Robin Hood||also producer|
|1992||Amazing Stories: Book One, episode: The Mission||Captain||archive footage|
|Oliver Stone: Inside Out||Himself||documentary|
|The Bodyguard||Frank Farmer||also producer|
|1993||A Perfect World||Robert 'Butch' Haynes|
|1994||A Century of Cinema||Himself||documentary|
|Wyatt Earp||Wyatt Earp||also producer|
|The War||Steven Simmons|
|1995||Waterworld||Mariner||also producer and uncredited director|
|1996||Tin Cup||Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy|
|1997||Sean Connery, An Intimate Portrait||Himself||documentary|
|The Postman||The Postman||also director and producer|
|1999||Message in a Bottle||Garret Blake||also producer|
|For Love of the Game||Billy Chapel|
|Play It to the Bone||Ringside Fan||Cameo|
|2000||Thirteen Days||Kenny O'Donnell||also producer|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Thomas J. Murphy|
|Road to Graceland||Murphy (voice)||animated short|
|2003||Open Range||Charlie Waite||also director and producer|
|2005||The Upside of Anger||Denny Davies|
|Rumor Has It||Beau Burroughs|
|2006||The Guardian||Ben Randall|
|2007||Mr. Brooks||Mr. Earl Brooks||also producer|
|2008||Swing Vote||Bud Johnson|
|2009||The New Daughter||John James||post-production|