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KEVIN COSTNER (Murphy) directed, produced and starred in the epic drama "Dances With Wolves," which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. A graduate of California State University at Fullerton, Costner began his acting career in independent films, graduating to a leading role in the Amblin Entertainment production "Fandango.

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 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."

With his role as a dead body in the quintessentially 80s comedy-drama, "The Big Chill" (which was later edited out), Costner began successful collaboration with director Lawrence Kasdan, with whom he also made the westerns "Wyatt Earp" and "Silverado." Costner also played the title character opposite Whitney Houston in "The Bodyguard," which he produced from a script by Kasdan. Costner subsequently starred in the postapocalyptic epic "Waterworld," the Clint Eastwood film "A Perfect World,"and the coming-of-age-drama "The War."

Other notable roles include New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's "JFK"; the legendary title role in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"; Elliott Ness in Brian DePalma's "The Untouchables"; the widowed shipbuilder in "Message in a Bottle" and the title character in "The Postman," his second directing effort. He most recently starred as Presidential Aide Kenny O'Donnell in director Roger Donaldson's "Thirteen Days." Costner previously collaborated with Donaldson on the hit political thriller, "No Way Out."

As a television producer, Costner 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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