Kevin Costner: biography
Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, and producer. The actor received two "Oscars". One of them Costner received as a director for his own debut film. In the world, there are six filmmakers who also received Oscar for their debut film. Also, the actor is the winner of the Golden Globe and Emmy awards, stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The main "bodyguard" of the cinema world Kevin Costner was born in California, Lynwood, in January 1955. Kevin Michael Costner - so sounds the full name of the star - became the third son in the family. And although the family was not very rich (his mother was an employee of the health department, and his father was a simple employee of the housing and communal enterprise), the family was strong and friendly. Parents always had time for children. The couple did everything possible to give their sons happy childhood.
Kevin Costner with his father and brothers often went fishing or played football. The boy visited the choir. Kevin’s mother sent him there, in order to develop musical abilities and help the boy to find a common language with his peers. With this, Kevin had problems. The family moved often and it was difficult to find new friends every time.
When Kevin Costner was a teenager, the future actor was very interested in playing baseball. Kevin even dreamed of a professional sports career. But after graduating from school, the future actor chose a different profession, solid and profitable, as it seemed to the young man's parents. Costner entered the Fullerton University, choosing a financial-marketing faculty. Kevin also attended a theater studio at the university. Soon the stage became Kevin’s main hobby and he forgot about baseball.
And although, Kevin Costner had time to study well, to participate in theatre plays. The young man soon realized that the profession of a financier does not attract him. But Kevin was afraid to disappoint his father, who was proud of the fact that his son received a university education.
Kevin Costner had to go against the will of his parents. A couple of weeks after starting work in marketing, Costner realized that he could not stay here. He didn’t want to work as a financier.
Everything has changed after a fateful meeting with Richard Burton. The famous Hollywood actor flew in the first class. Costner went to the celebrity. He wanted to learn about the pitfalls of the acting profession and to get good advice from Burton. They had a conversation. A week after this event, Kevin Costner decided to quit his job and went to Hollywood.
The path to Hollywood "Walk of Fame" turned out to be thorny. For a while, Kevin Costner rented a small apartment and attended acting courses. But he had to earn money. And the future star took up different jobs. Kevin Costner drove a truck, worked as a fisherman and a tourist guide.
Kevin’s debut role was not very successful. When Costner had little money, he was offered to play in a porn film called "Sizzle Beach". Costner agreed, which he later regretted. This low-budget film was released in 1981. But when the actor became famous, and everyone knew the name of Kevin Costner, "Wild Beach" unexpectedly appeared.
The TV Company "Troma", which specialized in low-profile projects, bought rights to "Wild Beach" and released the film once again. "Troma" got a jackpot, and Costner regretted such a rash decision.
But when he was just the beginning actor, Costner did not know that he was destined to become a Hollywood star. After shooting in the film Kevin began to attend castings. And the young actor was noticed. The director Lawrence Kasdan invited the unknown young actor to his new project. It was the dramatic film "A Strong Cold", which tells about men who became friends after trying to commit a suicide. It was Kevin, who played the role of this unfortunate man. Kasdan gave the actor the role of a suicidal, but even in the final version of the film, it turned out that almost all the images with Costner were cut. But there was a final shot, which shows the "corpse" of Kevin, who committed a suicide.
Colleagues began to laugh at the beginning actor. Therefore, Lawrence Kasdan, in order to apologize, gave Kevin Costner the main role in the film "Silverado". In this film, famous Kevin Kline and Danny Glover also played. But they could not outshine Kevin. This film began Costner's triumphant journey to the "dream factory".
Wide popularity came to the former financier after the release of the films "A Gang Story" and "No Escape" in 1987. In 1988-1989, Kevin Costner played the main roles in the films "Bull Durham" and "The Field of Dreams". These works not only brought another portion of glory but also allowed to strengthen the financial position.
The actor used this money in order to realize his long-standing dream. The actor made his own film - "Dances with Wolves." The film was released in 1990. The main role was played by the beginning director himself.
Unexpectedly, the film has become a hit of the year. And the awards received for this picture exceeded the author's wildest expectations. “Oscar” in two nominations - it was a sensation. Kevin Costner became one of the 6 directors-debutants of the world cinema, who received Oscar for his first film.
After this movie, Costner took two niches at once: the first as one of the best Hollywood actors, the second as the most successful director of the "dream factory". He got his own star at the "Walk of Fame".
In the same year, Kevin Costner played the main role in the action movie "Revenge". The actor also acted as an executive producer of the film. The hero of the actor is a retired military pilot, who falls in love with a married woman. These feelings are mutual, but the husband of the woman is the mafia boss. The love triangle turned into a military clash.
In 1991, Kevin Costner continued to conquer Hollywood, starring in the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." The film was commercially successful. But it cannot even be compared with the triumph that happened after the film "The Bodyguard", where Costner acted as a producer, and also starred with Whitney Houston as the main character. The actor got the world fame.
Also, there was another successful project of Kevin Costner "A Perfect World", released a year later after "Bodyguard". But, unfortunately, this project was the last successful film in the actor's career. Two films with Kevin failed at the box office- "Wyatt Earp" and "The War", released in 1994.
The next year, the fantastic 180-million project "Waterworld", produced and directed by Costner, failed. The spectators were not impressed by the apocalyptic consequences of global warming. Costner's reputation was damaged.
It seemed that Costner had an endless bad streak. In 1997, the director produced the film "The Postman", which also was unsuccessful.
In 2002, Kevin Costner played the main role in the drama "Dragonfly". The director improved his position after the release of the film "Open Range" in 2003.
Successful, were Kevin Costner's films "For Love of the Game" and "Message in a Bottle." The film about the Cuban crisis "Thirteen Days" got positive reviews from critics.
In 2006, Costner played the main role in the dramatic film "The Guardian". The actor played the main guardian, who lost his team in a terrible catastrophe. The leadership sent him to work as a teacher at the training school for Coast Guard guardians.
In the new century, the Hollywood star created another project, which became popular, the film "Mr. Brooks?"
In 2013, the actor starred in the comic blockbuster "Man of Steel", where he played the role of Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of a Superman, who adopted a hero after the death of his native planet.
In 2015, the actor got the main role in the sports drama "Coach". The film was based on the story of the victory of the McFarland school team in 1987 at California Athletic Championship.
Kevin Costner's personal life coincided with the ups and downs in the career of the actor. In the early 1990s, the actor divorced the first wife Cindy Silva, with whom Costner lived during the peak of his career. 16 years and three children didn’t save this marriage. After the divorce, there was a serious decline in the creative biography of the actor and director.
In 1996, Costner’s illegitimate son Liam was born. The mother of the boy is the actress Brigit Rooney. But the couple broke up.
His career became successful in the new century. Costner's personal life began to improve. The actor met Christine Baumgartner and married her in 2004. The spouses raise three children.
Kevin Costner nowadays
In 2016, Kevin Costner returned to the role of Jonathan Kent in the new fantastic action movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", the continuation of the film about Superman.
Also in 2016, the actor appeared in the main role in the fantastic action movie "Criminal". The character of Kevin Costner is a dangerous criminal Jerico Stewart. The CIA turns to an experimental neurosurgeon, who can transfer memories from one brain to another. They wanted to find out information known only to the killed man: where the hacker who can show the CIA the head of the international terrorist organization (Jordi Mollà).
In December, the actor appeared on the screen in the dramatic film "Hidden figures." The film tells about the events and people of the early 60's. During this period, the space program "Mercury" began and the launch of the astronaut into orbit, in 1962.
The main topic of the film was racial and sexual segregation, which affected the work. A group of African American scientists made key work, but due to the rules of that time, they did not receive proper posts and the opportunity to realize the potential.
It was released in Russia on March 16, 2017. The film received positive reviews in the cinema world.
- 1985 - "Silverado"
- 1987 - "A Gang Story"
- 1987 - "No Escape"
- 1988 – “Bull Durham”
- 1990 - "Revenge"
- 1990 - "Dances with Wolves"
- 1991 - "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
- 1992 - "The Bodyguard"
- 1995 - "WaterWorld"
- 1996 - "Tin Cup"
- 2000 - "13 days"
- 2001 - "3000 Miles to Graceland"
- 2006 – “Guardian”
- 2007 - " Mr. Brooks?"
- 2013 - "Man of Steel"
- 2016 - "Criminal"
- 2016 - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"