KEVIN COSTNER, who stars in Thirteen Days as Presidential Aide Kenny O'Donnell, previously collaborated with director Roger Donaldson on the Pentagon thriller No Way Out.
After graduating from California State University at Fullerton with a degree in marketing, Kevin 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 production Fandan go. Costner's exceptional
filmmaking abilities came to the fore 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, the bicycle saga American Flyers and most recently the romance For Love of the Game. In 1996, Costner re-teamed with his Bull Durham director, Ron Shelton, for the golf-centered romantic comedy, Tin Cup.
Costner has collaborated several times with director Lawrence Kasdan, including on the classic Western Wyatt Earp, the stylish gunslinger saga Silverado, and, in the seminal 80s 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 he played the Mariner in Waterworld. 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 include New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's JFK, the legendary title role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the stoic lawman Elliott
Ness in Brian DePalma's The Untouchables, the widowed shipbuilder in Message in a Bottle 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.
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