Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and singer. He knows the art to capture the essence of America and understand its past. He is known as the “All American Man” and is loved worldwide because of this. Let us find out some interesting facts about Kevin Costner.
1. Early life and family
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California and grew up in Compton, California. His mother, Sharon Rae, was a welfare worker, and father, William Costner, was a ditch digger and an electrician. He is the youngest of the 3 boys.
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2. Educational background
He did his schooling from Buena High School, Mt. Whitney High School and graduated from Villa Park High School. In 1978, he did his BA in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton.
3. Childhood pleasures
4. Night classes
While doing his BA in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton, he began taking acting lessons 5 nights a week.
5. Struggling days
During his struggling days in Hollywood, he gave bus tours of stars homes in Los Angeles. Its all about time, now tour probably stops at his house.
6. Disappointed beginning
7. The turning point
In 1987, his Hollywood career really took off with his 2 hit films. He starred in the popular thriller No Way Out with Sean Young and played the legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness in The Untouchables with Sean Connery.
8. Relation with Bush family
Costner has good relations with the Bush family and has golfed with both President George Bush and President Ronald Reagan several times.
9. Passionate musician
10. Skilled horse rider
11. Patriotic Costner
In 1986, he refused a role in “Platoon” , as he felt that it portrayed American soldiers negatively. Also, his older brother was a Vietnam veteran and he didn’t want to insult him.
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12. 16 Razzie Awards
Although, he’s a great talent, but he too suffered getting nominated for 16 Razzie Awards.
13. Directorial debut
In 1990, his first directorial movie , “Dance with Wolves”, had collected 7 awards nominations for Best Foreign Film category at various international events.
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14. A Gunners fan
15. Political interests
In 90’s, he financially supported a variety of Democratic Party politicians, and also contributed for the Republican Party. He even supported President Bill Clinton in the Presidential Race. Before the 2008 election, he campaigned for Barack Obama, but has no ambition to run for political office.
16. Listed among 100 Sexiest Stars
17. NASCAR’s Grand Marshal
In 2007, he was named the ceremonial Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 at the California Speedway. To make a NASCAR Documentary, he worked with the NASCAR Media Group and CMT Films to help produce “The Ride of Their Lives.”
18. Expensive Divorce