Date of Birth: January 18th 1955
American film actor, director and producer. One of Costner's most successful films was Dances with Wolves (1990), which won seven Academy Awards, including (Best Picture and Best Director).
Spending his teenage years in various parts of California as his father's career progressed, the family lived in Orange County, then in Visalia (Tulare County) attending Mt. Whitney High School, and finally graduated from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, California in 1973. He went on to earn a B.A. in business from California State University, Fullerton in 1978, where he was a member and President of the Delta Chi Fraternity and met Portuguese-American Cindy Silva.
Costner made his film debut at age 19, in the 1974 film, Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., although the film was not released until 1986. Costner then appeared in a commercial for the Apple Lisa in 1983. He was cast in the hit The Big Chill (1983). He filmed several scenes which were planned as flashbacks, but they never made it to the final cut. His role was as Alex, the friend who committed suicide, the event around which the plot of the movie revolves. All that is seen of him are his slashed wrists as the mortician dresses his corpse in the movie's opening scenes. Costner was a friend of director Lawrence Kasdan, who later promised the actor a role in a future project, which became the 1985 film Silverado and became a breakout role for Costner. He also starred that year in the smaller, but interesting films, Fandango and American Flyers.
1987 marked full-blown movie star status for Costner as he starred as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables and played a Russian spy in the brilliant No Way Out. In 1988 he solidified his A-list status in the comedy Bull Durham and in Field of Dreams.
Kevin's career took off after his role in "Silverado" (1985) and was solidified with his Acadamy Award winning directorial debut "Dances With Wolves" (1990). 1995's "Waterworld" is reportedly the most expensive film ever made.