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Kevin Costner Biography

Birth Name:
Kevin Michael Costner
Birth Place:
Lynwood, California, United States
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was a pitcher on his high school baseball team
  • Encouraged to pursue an acting career by Richard Burton during a chance meeting on a flight from Mexico
  • First acting job was a 1974 Malibu beach cheapie titled Sizzle Beach, U
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  • , not (as usually reported) 1983's The Big Chill, where his scenes were left on the cutting-room floor
  • Directed 1997's The Postman, which won five Golden Raspberry Awards (aka Razzies) including Worst Picture
  • The role of the President in Air Force One was written specifically for him, but he turned it down and the part went to Harrison Ford; also turned down the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol
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  • Received a star on the Walk of Fame in August 2003
  • Formed the country-rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West and released the band's debut album, Untold Truths, in November 2008


  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2005San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1992César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1991Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance: winner
  • 1990Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 1990Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 1990Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated