Kevin Costner is an American actor, filmmaker, and musician who has made a significant impact on the entertainment industry over the past few decades. Kevin Costner’s contributions to the entertainment industry have made him a legendary figure in Hollywood, and his legacy is sure to inspire future generations of actors, directors, and filmmakers.
Kevin Costner Early Life
Kevin Costner was born (on January 18, 1955) in Lynwood, United States of America. He became the youngest of three kids of William Costner, an electrician, and Sharon Costner, a welfare employee. Costner spent his early years in numerous California cities, inclusive of Lynwood, Ventura, and Orange County
In high school, Costner was an active athlete and played baseball, basketball, and football. He went on to attend California State University at Fullerton, where he majored in marketing and finance. However, during his last year of college, Costner decided to pursue acting and dropped out of school to move to Hollywood.
In Hollywood, Costner began taking acting classes and performing in local theater productions. He also worked odd jobs, such as a truck driver and tour guide at Universal Studios, to support himself while he pursued his dream of becoming an actor.
Costner’s early life and education were typical of many young people growing up in Southern California. He was an active student and athlete in high school and attended college to study business. However, his passion for acting ultimately led him to drop out of college and pursue his dreams in Hollywood.
Kevin Costner Career
Kevin Costner’s acting career began in the 1980s when he landed minor roles in films such as “Malibu Hot Summer” and “Night Shift”. He gained more recognition for his role in the 1983 film “The Big Chill”. In 1985, he starred in “Silverado”, which marked his first leading role in a major film. Costner’s breakthrough role came in the 1987 film “The Untouchables”, where he played the character of Elliot Ness. The film was a commercial success and received critical acclaim, earning him a nomination for a Golden Globe award.
In 1988, Costner starred in the baseball film “Bull Durham”, which was a commercial and critical success. He followed this with the lead role in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams”, which further cemented his status as a leading actor. Kevin Costner won two Academy Awards for his work in the 1990 film “Dances with Wolves”. He directed, produced, and starred in the film, which was a critical and commercial success.
Costner has had a successful career with other notable roles in films such as “JFK” (1991), “The Bodyguard” (1992), “Waterworld” (1995), “Tin Cup” (1996), “Message in a Bottle” (1999), “Open Range” (2003), “The Upside of Anger” (2005).
In addition to his acting career, Costner has also worked as a director on several films, including “Dances with Wolves”, “The Postman” (1997), “Open Range” (2003), and “Black or White” (2014). Kevin Costner has had a successful career in the entertainment industry, and his contributions to film have earned him a prominent place in Hollywood history.
Kevin Costner’s Personal Life
In 1978, Kevin Costner married his college Friend, Cindy Silva. They met at California State University, Fullerton, where they were both students. Kevin and Cindy separated in 1994.
Costner then began dating Bridget Rooney, a former model and the niece of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney. They have a son named Liam, who was born in 1996. However, their relationship ended soon after Liam’s birth. In 2004, Costner married his current wife, Christine Baumgartner, a model and handbag designer. They met in 1998 when Costner was filming the movie “The Postman” and married in 2004. They have three children: Cayden, Hayes, and Grace.
Costner is also known for his love of music and has played in a band called Kevin Costner & Modern West since 2007. Costner is also known for his philanthropic efforts. He is a supporter of environmental causes and has donated millions of dollars to various organizations over the years. He is also a supporter of the military and has visited troops overseas several times.