THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
KEVIN COSTNER (Voice of Enzo) - While working at the famed
Raleigh Studios and taking acting classes at night, Kevin Costner's career in
film officially began when he landed a role in the ensemble drama The Big Chill.
Although he would not make the final cut in the film, it would set the stage for
starring roles in a string of seminal films, the first of which being coming of
age comedy, Fandango.
Throughout his career, Costner has varied his choices with comedy, action and
drama roles. He has appeared in such popular box-office hits as Silverado, 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
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, the thriller Mr. Brooks, and he starred
in Touchstone Pictures' political comedy Swing Vote.
Costner also starred in the History Channel's record-setting miniseries 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 miniseries 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; co-starred with Chris Pine in
Jack Ryan, Paramount Pictures' revival of the Tom Clancy franchise; the spy
thriller Three Days to Kill for Relativity Media; the football inspired Draft
Day, directed by Ivan Reitman; the track team drama McFarland for Disney; the
drama Black & White, which he produced and co-starred with Octavia Spencer;
Criminal, in which he co-starred with Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan
Reynolds; and Hidden Figures, in which he co-starred with Taraji Henson, Octavia
Spencer and Jenelle Monae, and received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best
He is currently starring in and is executive producer of Paramount TV's
hit-drama, Yellowstone, and will next be seen in the true-crime drama The
Highwaymen opposite Woody Harrelson for Netflix. He has also started production
on the thriller Let Him Go, co-starring Diane Lane and directed by Tom Bezucha.
Costner also produced and co-authored the New York Times bestselling
adventure novel The Explorers Guild.
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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