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KEVIN COSTNER (William Harper) began his career starring in independent films, gradually earning small parts in more established movies. His first major motion picture role was in the coming of age comedy, Fandango.

Throughout his career, Costner has varied his choices with comedy, action and drama role. He has appeared in such popular box-office hits as No Way Out, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, The Bodyguard and Wyatt Earp.

Costner's exceptional filmmaking abilities were showcased in Dances with Wolves, which he produced, directed and starred in, and which won seven Academy Awards including "Best Picture" and "Best Director."

In addition to appearing in memorable roles in JFK, The Untouchables and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he re-teamed with his Bull Durham director Ron Shelton for the hit feature Tin Cup.

Costner also starred in Thirteen Days, successfully collaborating again with his No Way Out director Roger Donaldson. His other film credits include For Love of the Game, The War, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, Dragonfly and The Postman, his second directing effort.

Kevin Costner last directed the box office hit and critically acclaimed film Open Range, which he also co-starred in alongside Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.

Costner co-starred with Joan Allen in the dramatic film Upside of Anger, opposite Jennifer Aniston in Rumor Has It directed by Rob Reiner for Warner Brothers, The Guardian, an action drama for Touchstone Pictures in which he portrayed a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, and the thriller Mr. Brooks, and starred in Touchstone Pictures' political comedy Swing Vote.

Costner also starred in the History Channel's record-setting mini-series The Hatfields and McCoys: An American Vendetta in which he portrayed "Devil" Anse Hatfield, the patriarch of the famed clan, opposite Bill Paxton. He also served as a producer of the series, which received 16 Emmy Award nominations, winning the Best Actor in a mini-series or movie Emmy for Costner. He also received the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance.

Most recently Costner was seen in the Warner Bros. film Superman: Man of Steel, as the superhero's father Jonathan Kent. He will next be seen co-starring with Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Paramount Pictures' revival of Tom Clancy franchise; the spy thriller Three Days to Kill for Relativity Media; the football inspired Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman; and the track team drama McFarland for Disney. He recently completed production on the drama Black & White, which he produced and co-stars with Octavia Spencer.

Costner is also producing and lending his voice to The Explorers Guild, an animated series based on a collection of gothic stories that follow a group of Victorian-era adventurers as they travel to the darkest corners of the map.

When Costner is not working on films, he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar in his band, Modern West, and can be seen playing venues across the country. The band recently recorded a collection of songs from and inspired by The Hatfields & McCoys. Featuring the song "These Hills," the album is entitled Famous For Killing Each Other. The band's song "The Angels Came Down" from their album Turn It On, was recently adopted by the Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Wives organizations, which support the mothers, wives and families of fallen soldiers.

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