KEVIN COSTNER (Sonny Weaver Jr.) is a two-time Academy
Award-winning filmmaker, winning both Best Picture and Best Director for his
directorial debut Dances with Wolves, which garnered seven total Oscars,
including a Best Actor nomination for Costner. For his work on the film, he also
won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award
for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
Throughout his career, Costner has varied his choices with comedy, action and
dramatic roles. He has appeared in such popular box-office hits as No Way Out,
Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, The Bodyguard and Wyatt Earp. He has also appeared
in memorable roles in JFK, The Untouchables and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,
and 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: The Company Men, For Love of the Game, The
War, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, Dragonfly, The Upside of Anger, Rumor Has It, The
Guardian, Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, The New Daughter and The Postman, his second
directing effort. Most recently, he was seen as Jonathan Kent, Superman's
adoptive father, in the blockbuster Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Russell
Crowe and Amy Adams; in the revival of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise,
opposite Chris Pine; and the spy thriller Three Days to Kill, from director McG.
Costner last directed the box office hit and critically acclaimed film Open
Range, in which he also co-starred alongside Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.
He began his acting career in independent films, his first major motion
picture being the coming-of-age comedy Fandango. Costner was most recently seen
on the small screen in the History Channel's record-setting miniseries "Hatfields
& McCoys," in which he portrayed "Devil" Anse Hatfield, the patriarch of the
famed clan, opposite Bill Paxton. Costner also served as a producer of the
series, which received 16 Emmy Award nominations, with five wins, including
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Costner. He also received
the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance.
He will next be seen in writer/director Mike Bender's drama Black and White,
opposite Octavia Spencer. In addition to starring in the film, Costner financed
the picture and also serves as producer. He will also be seen in McFarland, the
true story of an underdog track team, for Disney.
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 recorded a collection of songs inspired by "Hatfields & McCoys"
for an album entitled "Famous for Killing Each Other," featuring the song "These
Hills." Their song "The Angels Came Down," from their album "Turn it On," was
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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