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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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