Kevin Costner

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Cindy Silva, 1978–1994

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 film Dances with Wolves, Jim Garrison in JFK, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Mariner in Waterworld, Robert "Butch" Haynes in A Perfect World and Eliot Ness in The Untouchables.


Early life

Costner was born in Lynwood, California, the youngest of the three sons (the middle of whom died at birth) of Sharon Rae (née Tedrick), a welfare worker, and William Costner, an electrician and later utilities executive.[1][2] He has German, Irish and Cherokee ancestry (his Oklahoma-born paternal grandfather was half Cherokee).[3][4][5] Costner was raised Baptist.[6] He attended Cabrillo Middle School and Villa Park High School. A poor student, Costner enjoyed sports, took piano lessons, wrote poetry and sang in the First Baptist Choir.[1][7]

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