Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, and singer famous for his artistry in portraying rugged characters with complicated psychological profiles and emotions. From the outside, this unassuming veteran may not seem like he has much to offer but in this piece, we will show you the Kevin Costner you never knew – a husband, father of seven, philanthropist and a Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient.
Kevin Costner’s Bio
Kevin Costner was born Kevin Michael Costner in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, to middle-class parents, William Costner and Sharon Rae. His parents were devoted Baptists. Kevin and his surviving older sibling Daniel Craig Costner spent the greater part of their formative years in Compton, California. His father, William, was an electrician who later worked as a utility executive for the company, Southern California Edison while his mother, Sharon, was a welfare worker. Costner’s origin has been traced to an ancestry of German who made landfall in North Carolina back in the 1700s. More so, Costner’s family tree makes him of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent.
Growing up, Costner wasn’t much of a school kid. Rather, he showed more interest and aptitude for football, piano lessons, poetry, and music. He reportedly sang in the First Baptist Choir. Growing up, Costner attended Mt. Whitney High School but was later relocated to Villa Park High School in Orange County, where he rounded up his high school education. Following his graduation from high school, he enrolled in California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Finance in 1978.
Kevin Costner’s Career
After graduating from college, Costner began work at a marketing firm, with one eye on acting. In a stroke of fate, the young chap had a life-changing experience after meeting the American actor, Richard Burton. Burton would serve as Costner’s biggest ‘encourager’, spurring him to success in acting. Determined to make his pursuit count, Costner began taking acting lessons while juggling between jobs to earn a living. According to sources, he worked as a truck driver and tour guide at Hollywood home of stars to raise the required tuition fee for the acting lessons he usually took at night; after working hours. Those were the early imprints of a successful career.
Although he had appeared in several cameos and minor roles, his career took a quantum leap with his appearance in the 1987 film The Untouchables. What followed were other incredible appearances in the films, No Way Out, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner would later spread his tentacles to directing and producing films. He is best known as the brain behind the Western war film Dances with Wolves (1991) which proved so successful that it earned Costner an Academy Award for Best Director as well as for Best Picture.
So far, Costner is widely known for his appearances in hit films such as The Big Chill, Shadows Run Black, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, American Flyers, Testament, Thirteen Days, 3 Days to Kill, The Guardian, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and of course, Hidden Figures, in which he starred alongside Octavia Spencer. Moreover, Kevin Costner has produced and directed well over 15 widely-viewed films including Dancing with Wolves, Open Range, Black or White, The Bodyguard, and Yellowstone; a TV series which began airing in 2018. What’s more, Costner is also a country music singer and leads the band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.
Kevin Costner’s incredible stint as an actor hasn’t gone noticed. He is known for his incredible work on the film, Dancing with Wolves; which went on to win nine awards back in 1991. He has also clinched one Emmy Award, two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and of course, three Golden Globe Awards. In August of 2011, Costner had reasons to be proud when he was handed his own star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As of 2019, sources put Kevin Costner’s net worth at $250 million. His move to produce and direct films was a game changer for the actor. While he basks in multi-millions, we’re still not sure how much he earns annually.
Kevin Costner has been married to German-American model and handbag designer, Christine Baumgartner since 2004. The two first met sometime in 2000 and began a romantic relationship that eventually led to marriage on September 25, 2004. Together, they have three children – sons; Cayden Wyatt (b. May 6, 2007), Hayes Logan (b. February 12, 2009) and a daughter, Grace Avery (b. June 2, 2010).
However, Baumgartner isn’t his first. Back in March 1975, Costner met and later married fellow student, Cindy Silva. Together, they had three children: Anne Clayton (b. April 15, 1984), Lily McCall (b. August 4, 1986) and Joseph Tedrick (b. January 31, 1988). Their union ended in divorce in 1994. Costner then dated Bridget Rooney with whom he had a son, Liam Timothy Costner (b. November 15, 1996). He also had a brief brush with Birgit Cunningham and in 1996, he and the supermodel Elle Macpherson cohabited. In total, Kevin Costner has seven children from his marriages so far.
Height and Body Measurements
Kevin Costner stands at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters) in height and weighs 181 lb (83kg). He is blond and has dark blue eyes. The actor wears a shoe size of 11 (US). As of the time of this writing, we have no tabs on his chest, biceps and waist sizes, yet. As soon as these become available, we’ll put them all out for you.