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(Garret Blake / Producer) exhibited exceptional filmmaking abilities
by producing, directing and starring in Dances With Wolves,
which won seven Academy Awards in 1991, including Best Picture
and Best Director. Most recently he produced, directed and starred
in The Postman.
In 1996, Costner re-teamed with his Bull Durham
director, Ron Shelton, for the romantic comedy Tin Cup,
which provided the filmmaker with a totally different type of
role than in his previous effort, as the Mariner in the action
epic Waterworld. Prior to Waterworld, Costner worked
with Lawrence Kasdan in the historical Western Wyatt Earp.
He had previously worked with Kasdan on the gunslinger saga Silverado
and, early in his career, co-starred in the contemporary comedy-drama
The Big Chill, from which his role was later edited out.
As an action hero, Costner played the title
character in The Bodyguard, which he produced from a script
by Kasdan. He received critical praise for his performance as
an escaped convict opposite Clint Eastwood in the drama A Perfect
World, and starred with Elijah Wood in the Vietnam parable
His other notable roles in both action and
drama include New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's
JFK, the legendary Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,
the stoic lawman Elliott Ness in Brian DePalma's The Untouchables
and the enigmatic Pentagon attache in No Way Out.
A natural athlete, Costner has applied those
talents prior to Tin Cup in the baseball comedy Bull
Durham, the comedy-drama Field of Dreams and the bicycle
racing saga American Flyers. His upcoming projects include
the role of Billy Chappel, a pitcher re-examining his career,
in For Love of the Game; the film is directed by Sam Raimi
and also stars Kelly Preston.
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