FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
After graduating from California State University
at Fullerton with a degree in marketing, KEVIN COSTNER
(Billy Chapel) began his acting career starring in independent
films, gradually earning small parts in more mainstream movies
(Night Shift, Table for Five). His first major motion picture
role was in the Amblin Entertainment production Fandango.
Costner's exceptional filmmaking abilities were demonstrated in
Dances With Wolves, which he produced, directed and starred
in and which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture
and Best Director.
Throughout his career, Costner has continued to defy categorization
by blending his career choices with equal parts comedy, action
and drama. A natural athlete, Costner has applied those talents
in the baseball comedy, Bull Durham, the comedy-drama Field
of Dreams and the bicycle racing saga, American Flyers.
In 1996, Costner re-teamed with his Bull Durham director,
Ron Shelton, for the romantic comedy, Tin Cup.
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, and
in Waterworld, he played the Mariner. 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 The War.
His other notable roles in both action and dramas 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,
the enigmatic Pentagon attaché in No Way Out, and
the Postman in The Postman, his second directing effort.
As a television producer, Costner created and hosted the television
documentary 500 Nations, which chronicled the tribal histories
of Native America peoples from the earliest signs of life on the
continent to the 20th century.
He was most recently seen in Message in a Bottle in which
he starred with Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman.
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