Born on January 18 19955 in Lynwood California, Kevin Michael Costner started his career as a singer in the Baptist church choir, poet and student of writing. He marked his life by building a canoe and navigating down the rivers Lewis & Clark followed. Costner enrolled at California State University, Fullerton where he decided to take acting classes. He graduated with a business degree (1978) and married his college companion Cindy.
Costner changed his career path when he met Richard Burton on a flight home from Mexico. Burton advised Costner to go for acting. Costner moved to Hollywood soon after that airplane trip and attempted to break into the acting world. His first film was a soft core sex film, but Costner did not work again for six years. His big break came with The Big Chill (1983), but his parts were cut from the film. Director Lawrence Kasdan remembered Costner and cast him in Silverado (1985).
In 1990 Costner made his Oscar winning Dances with Wolves. This movie was awarded the Best picture Oscar and Costner won the best director honors. This movie spawned the Tatanka Interpretive site in Deadwood, South Dakota (2003), and a golf course on land given to him by the Sioux nation. He also co-owns a casino in Deadwood which features Dances with Wolves memorabilia.
Costner's films (and there are many) include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992),Waterworld (1995), Thirteen Days (2000), Dragonfly (2002), Open Range (2003) and The Guardian (2006).
Costner and Cindy Silva have three children, Bridget Rooney (girlfriend) and Costner have one son, and he has three children with his current wife, Christine Baumgartner.