Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California. He was the youngest of three sons of William and Sharon (nee Tedrick) Costner. Their family was considered to be pretty prosperous with a father working as an electrician and mother serving at the welfare department.
Kevin Costner could’ve become a professional athlete or a shark in a world of business, but he decided to follow the calling of his heart and pursued a career of an actor, becoming one of the most successful and high-paid Hollywood stars. A hero, ready to do anything for the love, Robin Hood, and a trusty bodyguard – Kevin Costner is often described as the last Hollywood’s romantic.
As it is the case with every American kid at that time, Kevin was literally obsessed with baseball, with father, who used to be a baseball player himself and acted as a judge of tournaments in his free time, being his biggest role model. Boy strove to become a professional baseball player, but ultimately followed his father’s advice and enrolled in California State University’s marketing and finance department. Kevin was one of the best students amongst his peers and was on a straight path to build a great career as a finance consultant. During his time in the university, he surprisingly found himself interested in arts and acting and even started to participate in student theatre’s plays.
He graduated from the university in 1978 and married his former classmate Cindy Silva, his longtime school crush. Cindy worked as the stewardess, while Kevin got a job at the marketing department of a huge construction firm. Surprisingly, he did not abandon his student hobby and attended an evening acting courses.
Kevin Costner made his debut on a big screen in 1981 comedy movie Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., where he got an episodic role, but the movie failed to make a splash. Not even sexy models in bikini portraying three friends exploring Malibu beaches, or luxurious views of nighttime Los Angeles managed to shore up movies weak script and trivial plot.
Kevin took off to appear in numerous virtually the same films but got his first share of popularity playing Eliot Ness in the crime drama The Untouchables (1986). Director of the movie Brian De Palma picked up a young actor thanks to his fit appearance and good guy vibes in order to strengthen the contrast between him and Robert De Niro, renowned actor, who portrayed legendary Al Capone. The movie turned out to be a complete blunder. Critics had a field day panning down the film as one of the flattest and uninspired works of the master director with Costner and De Niro getting their share of criticism. The movie would be a complete failure if not for the talent of Sean Connery, who ultimately saved the day.
1991 was marked by the release of the action-adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which was enjoyed by both young and older audiences. Even now, many years after the movie release, Robin Hood portrayed by Kevin Costner is considered to be the best depiction of this character on a big screen. This beautiful and wholesome movie also featured Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, and Christian Slater. To the great disappointment of Kevin’s army of female fans, in a fountain scene, where Robin Hood appears to be completely naked, the actor was replaced by his doubler.
The period from 2000 to 2010 became one of the best periods in Kevin Costner’s career and marked the release of multiple movies that rightfully acquired cult status and are considered to be true masterpieces of the movie industry. In one of the most marvelous love stories ever hitting the big screen Message in the Bottle Kevin was accompanied by Robin Wright Penn; fantasy drama Dragonfly was dubbed a movie that cleanses one’s soul by critics.
Kevin Michael Costner Birth date: 18 of January 1955
Dances with Wolves
Dir. by Kevin Costner (1990), starring Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell & Charles Rocket
Dir. by Kevin Costner (2003), starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall & Annette Bening
Dir. by Lawrence Kasdan (1985), starring Kevin Costner, John Cleese & Kevin Kline
Dir. by Lawrence Kasdan (1994), starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman & Téa Leoni