KEVIN COSTNER (The Postman) continues to defy categorization
by blending his career choices with equal parts comedy, action
and drama. He has also exhibited exceptional filmmaking abilities
by producing, directing and starring in "Dances With Wolves,"
which won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best
In 1996, Costner re-teamed with his "Bull Durham" director,
Ron Shelton, for the romantic comedy "Tin Cup," which
was a departure from his previous effort, 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-dramas
"The Big Chill," from which his role was later edited
As an action hero, Costner played the title character in "The
Bodyguard" which he produced from a script by Kasdan. He
also starred as an escaped convict opposite Clint Eastwood in
the critically-praised drama "A Perfect World," and
with Elijah Wood in the Vietnam parable, "The War."
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."
After graduating from California State University at Fullerton
with a degree in marketing, Costner 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
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."
As a producer, he created and hosted the television documentary
"500 Nations," which chronicled the tribal histories
of Native American peoples from the earliest signs of life on
the continent to the 20th century.
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