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American actor, musician, producer, and director

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Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, musician, producer, and director. He has been nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, won two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Costner's roles include Lt. John J. Dunbar in the film Dances with Wolves, Jim Garrison in JFK, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, and Eliot Ness in The Untouchables.

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Birth nameKevin Michael Costner
Date of BirthJanuary 18, 1955
Place of BirthLynwood, California, U.S.
OccupationsActor, producer, director
Spouse (s)Cindy Silva (1978–1994), Christine Baumgartner (2004–present)
Years active1974–present
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 When I got a call from Dionne Warwick, that's when I said I would come. And I'm not saying that was the right forum. It was the one where I chose to support Dionne Warwick at that moment. 
— Kevin Costner saying he spoke at Whitney Houston funeral for Dionne Warwick / May 05, 2012
 When someone says, will you write a letter to someone who you know is having trouble … I did. I don’t know if those letters were ever read. 
— Kevin Costner tried to help Whitney Houston through letters / April 11, 2012
 We both grew up in the Baptist church. At the height of her fame as a singer I asked her to be my co-star in ‘The Bodyguard,’ I was reminded this would be her first acting role. Maybe I could think of another singer? Maybe someone white? 
— Kevin Costner in a tribute to Whitney Houston at her funeral / February 18, 2012
 Because mostly they’re not done well. It was a very complicated time, and filmmakers tend to simplify them with the black hat, white hat. When they were enjoying their largest acceptance back in the ’50s and ’60s, [filmmakers] just got lazier and lazier. 
— Kevin Costner saying most western movies are terrible / February 07, 2011
 When they’re done really well, there’s a lot of dilemma because the way you and I live, if someone threatens us, there are three or four different layers that we can go to — the police, our politics, our PR person, our agent, our lawyer — to arbitrate our problems. 
— Kevin Costner saying most western movies are terrible / February 07, 2011

 Back then you had nobody to arbitrate your problems, and very often you found yourself even against the law because it’s not a cliché for the lawman to have been bought back then. If somebody came and wanted your property, you had to make up your mind quickly. Very few of us have those instincts now about how we would behave. And so if you can create those in your story — the dilemma that men and women faced — then they can be incredibly entertaining. 
— Kevin Costner saying most western movies are terrible / February 07, 2011
 When I tried to make it, I thought the budget would be $15 million. Every time I tried to make it, they’d say, ‘We’ll make it, but can you make it for 12?’ Then they got afraid because I wouldn’t get rid of the [Lakota] subtitles, and I told them it would be long right up front. 
— Kevin Costner about his 1990 film Dances with Wolves / February 07, 2011
 Everybody says, ‘Get ‘em pregnant and then you can do whatever you want.’ I didn’t want to be arguing about something I knew was going to actually happen. So we got $9 million overseas. The first people who believed in the movie were the international community. I went to Orion — I had just made Bull Durham for them — they gave me $4 million, and I eventually put in $3 million, so it was $16 million. 
— Kevin Costner about his 1990 film Dances with Wolves / February 07, 2011
 My wife is going to have a baby in June, 
— Kevin Costner announcing that he is going to be a dad for the seventh time / March 18, 2010

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