Kevin Costner Biography & Photos

Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California) is an American actor, film producer, director and musician with Irish, German and Cherokee Indian roots. His biggest success in 1990 with the celebrated Costner epic Western Dances With Wolves.


Kevin Costner Irish-mother, Sharon Rae Tedrick, was a social worker and his German-born father, William Costner, who worked for an electronics company. Costner was a member of the church choir during his school days and by the way wrote poems. Costner was regarded as outsiders and dreamers. Sport was always one of his major hobbies. As a teenager he played basketball, baseball and American football, later he worked as a golfer. In 1973 he took on five evenings a week acting classes. In 1978 he received his college degree in business (similar) business. After studying at California State University, he took a marketing job in Orange County and married his childhood sweetheart Cindy Silva. In a chance meeting between Richard Burton advised him to focus entirely on the acting, if he wanted to bring it in to something. Costner gave up his job, moved to Hollywood and was initially funded as a truck driver, deep sea fishing tours and bus drivers to over water. His wife appeared as Snow White at Disneyland.

1974 Costner made his film debut in the softcore comedy Sizzle Beach, USA (dt: Hot beach USA), which was not published until 1986, when Costner was already known. Of the shooting he was so disgusted that he vowed to turn his back on acting if they could find no other roles for him. It was not until the early 1980s, Costner went back to smaller roles on film. His tragi-comedy scenes in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (The Big Chill, 1983) fell victim to the cut, but Kasdan was finally Costner 1985, a major contributing factor to the successful Western Silverado. Costner‘s game and his acrobatic horsemanship made an impression with audiences and critics.

His international breakthrough came in 1987 with Costner, Brian de Palma film The Untouchables – The Untouchables with Sean Connery as an honest police officer, Robert De Niro as Al Capone and Eliot Ness Costner as his opponent. In the same year, Costner turned the equally successful thriller No Way Out – There is no turning back. 1989 he succeeded to the fabulous film about a farmer’s field of dreams, the summons to build a baseball stadium in his cornfield, the past and win the future, another success. At this time celebrating the criticism Costner, who radiated in his roles boyish charm and purposeful, positive persistence, as the new Gary Cooper “.

At the height of his popularity took Costner 1990 Production, directed and starred in the lavish epic Western Dances With Wolves. The more than three hours long strip was contrary to the expectations of the professional world, an international film success with 12 nominations and won seven Oscars, including for Costner Director and Best Film.

This was followed by the mid-1990s, a series of further success with the adventure film Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves, Oliver Stone’s interpretation of history – JFK (both 1991), the romantic thriller The Bodyguard (1992) with Whitney Houston and Clint Eastwood’s “Perfect World (1993 ), in which Costner played the first time a criminal.

Lawrence Kasdan’s 1994 film version of the life of Wyatt Earp, with Costner in the title role was only a qualified success. Costner produced the 1995 science fiction film Waterworld, playing the lead role and led to a dispute with director Kevin Reynolds also partly directed. The most expensive movie ever made at that time achieved a box office earnings of 264 million U.S. dollars Due to America’s very poor box office earnings of 88 million U.S. dollars in the U.S. he is regarded as a financial failure.

1995 Kevin Costner participated in 500 Nations – The history of the Indians among others as speakers. 500 Nations is an 8-part documentary on the Native North and Central America. It begins in the pre-Columbian times and goes until the end of the 19th Century. The documentation is based in many parts of ancient texts and images, eyewitness reports and trailing computer animations. The series was funded largely by Kevin Costner and produced. Directed by Jack Leustig. Also acted as a spokesman with Tom Jackson, Wes Studi, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Eric Schweig, Michael Horse, Gordon Tootoosis, Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal. Costner said unknown about the series: “500 Nations tries to crystallize the sweeping events that reshaped North America – one of the largest and most pivotal stories in human history – a story we feel is widely. Often painful, sometimes shocking, but in the end it is simply about understanding. “(500 Nations attempted to present the broad events that reshaped North America – one of the largest and most crucial stories in the development of mankind – a story that is largely unknown . Often painful, sometimes shocking, but in the end it is only about understanding.)

Two years later, Costner still sat once a whole of his reputation to serve as director, lead actor and a producer an turn with ‘Wyatt Earp’ comparable to expensive blend of Western and science fiction to: The Postman was another spectacular failure, and Costner gave the Golden Raspberry for “Worst Film of the Year” and thus the industry suffered a malice.

Since that great cinema success for Costner did not materialize. With leading roles in films such as Love Message in a Bottle (1999), political thrillers such as Thirteen Days (2000) or Western like Open Range (2003) Costner, however, remained present and true to his liking. In 2007, he was surprised at the role of a serial killer in the movie Mr. Brooks.

2007 Costner founded with support of his wife Christine Baumgartner, the eight-man country band Modern West, has been released so far from an album ( “Untold Truth”).

Costner‘s marriage to Cindy Silva were divorced in 1994 after 16 years of marriage, the couple have three children. For a brief affair with heiress Bridget Rooney is a son. Since 2004, Costner has been married to the German fashion designer Christine Baumgartner. The couple has two children.

Costner‘s German voice actor is Frank Glaubrecht.


The 2233rd Star on the Walk of Fame has Costner‘s name.

During the filming of Robin Hood in England, he grew fond of the football and has since become a fan of the Arsenal.


* 1990: With Wolves (Dances with Wolves) is dancing
* 1995: Water World (Water World)
* 1997: The Postman (The Postman)
* 2003: Open Range – The Big Country (Open Range)


* 1974: Hot beach United States
* 1981: A pitch-black night
* 1982: Night Shift – The morgue flips completely out (Night Shift)
* 1982: Consenting Adults (Stacy’s Knights)
* 1982: Chasing dreams – dreams are like dust in the wind
* 1983: The Last Testament (Testament)
* 1983: A table for five – Table for Five
* 1984: The Gunrunner
* 1984: Fandango
* 1985: The Winners – American Flyers (American Flyers)
* 1985: Silverado
* 1987: No Way Out – There’s no turning back (No Way Out)
* 1987: The Untouchables – The Untouchables (The Untouchables)
* 1988: Bull Durham (Bull Durham)
* 1989: Field of Dreams (Field of Dreams)
* 1990: Revenge – A Dangerous Affair (Revenge)
* 1990: With Wolves (Dances with Wolves) is dancing
* 1991: – JFK (JFK)
* 1991: Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
* 1992: Bodyguard (The Bodyguard)
* 1993: Perfect World
* 1994: Wyatt Earp – The Life of a Legend (Wyatt Earp)
* 1994: The War (The War)
* 1995: Water World
* 1996: Tin Cup
* 1997: The Postman (The Postman)
* 1999: Message in a Bottle – The beginning of a great love
* 1999: For Love of the Game (For Love Of The Game)
* 2000: Thirteen Days
* 2001: Crime is King (3000 Miles to Graceland)
* 2002: The Dragonfly (Dragonfly)
* 2003: Open Range – The Big Country (Open Range)
* 2005: Rumor Has It … (Rumor Has It …)
* 2005: The Upside of Anger (The Upside of Anger)
* 2006: Every Second Counts – The Guardian (The Guardian)
* 2007: Mr. Brooks – Der Mörder in Dir (Mr. Brooks)
* 2008: Swing Vote


* 1990: With Wolves (Dances with Wolves) is dancing
* 1992: Bodyguard (The Bodyguard)
* 1993: Rapa Nui – Rebellion in Paradise (Rapa Nui)
* 1994: Wyatt Earp – The Life of a Legend (Wyatt Earp)
* 1995: 500 Nations – The history of the Indians
* 1995: Water World
* 1997: The Postman (The Postman)
* 1999: Message in a Bottle – The beginning of a great love
* 2000: Thirteen Days
* 2003: Open Range – The Big Country (Open Range)
* 2008: Swing Vote

Academy Awards

* 1990: Oscar for best film as a producer with Wolves) is dancing (
* 1990: Oscar for best director with Wolves) is dancing (
* 1990: Nomination as Best Actor with Wolves) is dancing (

Golden Globes

* 1990: (Golden Globe Award for Best Producer of the Wolf) dances
* 1990: (Golden Globe for best director with Wolves) is dancing
* 1990: Nomination as Best Actor in a drama (with Wolves) is dancing
* 1991: Nomination as Best Actor in a Drama (- JFK)
* 1996: Nomination as Best Actor in a Comedy (Tin Cup)


* Berlinale 1991 – Silver Bear for an outstanding individual (with Wolves) is dancing

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