Actor of the Week (The American Hero): KEVIN COSTNER

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Age: 65

Birthday: 18th January

Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, producer and musician. Costner had a widely successful period in his career with starring roles in Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), for which he won two Academy Awards, JFK (1991) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). In 1995, Costner starred in and co-produced Waterworld. The most expensive film ever made at the time, it was a box office disappointment (which nonetheless made a small profit) that marked a downturn in his career. He has since starred in a string of unsuccessful films which failed to propel his career forward as a leading man; Message in a Bottle (1999), Thirteen Days (2000), Dragonfly (2002), Rumor Has It (2005), The Guardian (2006) and McFarland, USA (2015). However, he has had supporting parts in critically favored films including Man of Steel (2013) and Hidden Figures (2016).

On television, Costner portrayed Devil Anse Hatfield in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012), winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.


ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) - Nominations: 2 Wins: 1

1991 - Best Director - DANCES WITH WOLVES (WINNER)

1991 - Best Actor - DANCES WITH WOLVES

GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 5 Wins: 2

2013 - Best TV Actor - HATFIELDS & MCCOYS (WINNER)

1997 - Best Actor - TIN CUP

1992 - Best Actor - JFK

1991 - Best Director - DANCES WITH WOLVES (WINNER)

1991 - Best Actor - DANCES WITH WOLVES

BAFTAS - Nominations: 2

1991 - Best Director - DANCES WITH WOLVES

1991 - Best Actor - DANCES WITH WOLVES

How do you rate Kevin Costner's movies?



FILM: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Sunday 13th September, Channel 5, 3:05pm

Oh right, so Robin Hood had an American accent? This was a bit of an odd choice but apparently Costner's English accent was so bad they had to persuade him to stick to his normal accent. Listen closely for some attempts at an English accent in the film. Not the best Robin Hood adaptation but fun enough.

FILM: Dances with Wolves (1990)

Wednesday 16th September, Paramount, 9:00pm

Costner is much more effective in this tale of an officer in the American Civil War. He directed the film as well and won the Oscar for Best Director - leading a number of Hollywood stars the drive to have a go at directing their own projects.


FILM: Waterworld (1995)

A bug budget flop at the time, bit of a misfire but the idea behind the film is pretty cool :)


FILM: Black or White (2014)

Costner shows his easy-going charisma in his elder years in films like this family drama. Perfect Sunday movie maybe?

What's your favourite Kevin Costner performance / film?

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon

Call Us: 07720861796 /   /  1 East Adam Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TF

© 2021 by Mix Up Theatre.