Kevin Costner

Kevin Michael Costner

Kevin Michael Costner(born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, singer, musician, producer, director, and businessman. He has been nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, won two Academy Awards , and two Golden Globe Awards . Costner's roles include Lt. John J. Dunbar in the filmDances with Wolves, Jim Garrison inJFK, Ray Kinsella inField of Dreams, Robin Hood inRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Mariner inWaterworld, Robert "Butch" Haynes inA Perfect Worldand Eliot Ness inThe Untouchables.

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 Kevin Costner's Personal life


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 three years later produced three children: Annie (born in 1984), Lily (born in 1986), and Joe (born in 1988). The couple divorced in 1994 after 16 years of marriage. He has a son, Liam (born in 1996), with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a brief relationship following his divorce.

In 1996, he cohabitated with supermodel Elle MacPherson .

On September 25, 2004, Costner married his girlfriend of four years, German model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner,at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado . 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 a Los Angeles hospital.Their second son, Hayes Logan, was born on February 12, 2009.Costner and Baumgartner's third child, a daughter named Grace Avery, was born on June 2, 2010.


Several of Costner's films have included a baseball theme. They includeChasing Dreams,Bull Durham,Field of Dreams,For Love of the GameandThe Upside of Anger, in which his character is a former pro baseball player.

He has a home in Austin, Texas and sometimes appears at University of Texas baseball practices and games. Costner is a close friend of 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 the Yankee manager inFor Love of the Game. He tries to attend every College World Series game that Cal State Fullerton plays in Omaha, Nebraska .

Costner is a partial owner of the Zion, Illinois -based Lake County Fielders independent baseball team team in the Northern League . The Fielders name is an homage toField of Dreams, with the logo showing a ballplayer standing amid a field of corn.

Business interests

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 movieSilverado. 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 Canevas 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.

In 1995, Costner purchased Ocean Therapy Solutions , a company developing oil separation machines, from the US government for $24 million. The machines developed by the company were of little commercial interest until the Deepwater Horizon oil spill , when BP took six of the machines for testing in late May 2010.On June 9, that order was expanded to 32 of the oil-water separation devices. Stephen Baldwin and Spyridon Contogouris had a joint agreement to market the technology. They filed a lawsuit in Louisiana District Court claiming $10.64 million for securities fraud and misrepresentation. The suit claims that Costner kept a meeting with BP secret from them, and the secret meeting resulted in an $18 million down payment on a $52 million purchase and that after the down payment but before any announcement Costner used part of the downpayment to buy out their shares, thus excluding them from their share of the profits from the total sale.The suit claims that Baldwin and Contogouris were told by Costner that BP had no interest in the technology and that Costner offered to buy their share for $1.4 million to Baldwin and $500,000, to Contogouris.


Costner was named ceremonial Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' Auto Club 500 which took place on February 25, 2007, at the California Speedway .In 2008, he worked with the NASCAR Media Group and CMT Films to help produce the NASCAR Documentary,The Ride of Their Liveswhich would be released in 2009. Costner would be the narrator for that documentary. Also in 2009, he was named the spokesperson for NASCAR Day which took place on May 15. The next day, May 16, he and his country music band would perform in the infield of Lowe's Motor Speedway as well as participate as a judge in the 2nd annual Pennzoil Victory Challenge before the 25th Running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race .

Other interests

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 is a fan of the London, England , football team Arsenal F.C. While filmingRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he had the opportunity to attend a game and has followed the team ever since.

Since 1992, Costner has financially supported a variety of Democratic Party politicians, including Al Gore and Tom Daschle , but also made contributions to the Republican Party 's 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."

In the final days before the 2008 election, Costner campaigned for Barack Obama , visiting various places in Colorado—a state in which he has a home. In his speech, Costner stated the need for young voters to get to the polls, early and with enthusiasm. "We were going to change the world and we haven't," Costner said at a Colorado State University rally. "My generation didn't get it done, and we need you to help us."

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 Kevin Costner's Filmography

1981 Malibu Hot Summer John Logan
1982 Chasing Dreams Ed
Night Shift Frat Boy #1
Struggle Joe, Policeman #2
Frances Luther (Man in Alley) qualified forScreen Actor's Guildcard
1983 Stacy's Knights Will Bonner
Table for Five Newlywed husband
The Big Chill Alex scenes deleted
Testament Phil Pitkin
1984 The Gunrunner Ted
1985 Fandango Gardner Barnes, Groover
Silverado Jake
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 John J. Dunbar Academy Award for Best Picture(shared withJim Wilson)
Academy Award for Best Director
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama(shared with Jim Wilson)
Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director
Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year(shared with Jim Wilson)
Nominated –Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated –Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated –BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated –BAFTA Award for Best Picture
Nominated –BAFTA Award for Best Direction
1991 Madonna: Truth or Dare Himself documentary (uncredited role)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Robin Hood also producer
JFK Jim Garrison Nominated –Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1992 Amazing Stories: Book One Captain Episode: "The Mission", 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 Nominated –Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
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
2002 Dragonfly Joe Darrow
2003 Open Range Charlie Waite also director and producer
2005 The Upside of Anger Denny Davies San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
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
2010 The Company Men Jack Dolan post-production

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 Kevin Costner's References

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  4. Pursuing The Dream Time Magazine Jun. 26, 1989
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  11. "1 Dead, 40 Injured in Canada Stage Collapse". AP via The New York Times. August 2, 2009. 
  12. Lees, Nick (August 12, 2009). "Katz likely culprit behind mystery $41,000 bid". Edmonton Journal. 
  13. New Album – "Turn It On" – News – Kevin Costner & Modern West
  14. New Tour Dates Announced / New Album In the Works – News – Kevin Costner & Modern West
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  17. Kappes, Serena and Jason Bane "Kevin Costner Marries Girlfriend in Aspen." People. September 26, 2004.
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  22. "Major League Hopes Pinned on the Minors." New York Times. April 5, 2009.
  23. Zion, IL 2010 Northern League Expansion Team Named the Lake County Fielders." Lake County May 27, 2009.
  24. Costner appeals in casino wrangle, BBC
  25. Robbins, Liz (May 19, 2010). "If You Build It …". The New York Times. 
  26. "Examiner: Kevin Costner sells 32 oil spill machines to BP to recycle 6 million gallons of water a day (photos)". 
  27. Kate Ward. "Stephen Baldwin spills lawsuit on Kevin Costner". 
  28. Detroit Free Press, Friday, December 24, 2010, page 3C
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  31. "FreshMeat:Celebrity Donations". 
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  33. Trevor Hughes (October 29, 2008). "Celebrities, officials push CSU student vote". Fort Collins Coloradoan: p. A1. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 

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