Kevin Costner's Interesting Facts

1 Has appeared in two films with Sean Connery: The Untouchables (1987) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Both of Connery's roles in those films were played on television by John Rhys-Davies.
2 Sport features prominently in Kevin's films, especially his first love, baseball: Chasing Dreams (1982), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), For Love of the Game (1999), The Upside of Anger (2005) / Football (NFL): Draft Day (2014) / Golf: Tin Cup (1996) / Cycling: American Flyers (1985) / (Running/cross country): McFarland, USA (2015) / Tennis (secondary): Revenge (1990), etc.
3 Directed three Oscar nominated performance: Graham Greene, Mary McDonnell and himself, all in Dances with Wolves (1990).
4 As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (not counting his deleted appearance in The Big Chill (1983)): Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990) and JFK (1991). Dances with Wolves (1990) won in the category.
5 With his band Kevin Costner & Modern West, he performed live shows in Syracuse, NY; Niagara Falls, Canada. [June 2009]
6 With his band Kevin Coster & Modern West, performed live shows in Vancouver BC; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. [August 2010]
7 With his band Kevin Coster & Modern West, performed live shows in Camrose, AB, Canada; Twin Lakes, Wisconsin ; Craven, SK, Canada; and Ottawa, ON, Canada. [July 2010]
8 With his band Kevin Costner & Modern West, he performed live shows in Concord, NC; Detroit, MI; Norfolk, VA; Sayreville, NJ; and Foxboro, MA. [May 2009]
9 On tour with his band Kevin Costner & Modern West [January 2009]
10 He is currently touring with his music band, "Kevin Costner and Modern West". Tour includes shows in Istanbul and in Rome (both shows sold out). [October 2007]
11 With his band Kevin Coster & Modern West, performed live shows in Biloxi, MS and Florence, AZ. [April 2010]
12 Touring with his band Kevin Costner & Modern West in Europe. [October 2009]
13 With his band Kevin Coster & Modern West, performed live shows in Nuremberg, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; Stuttgart, Germany; Kempten, Germany; Dresden, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; Offenbach, Germany; Siegburg, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Dusseldorf, Germany; Baden, Germany; Jüchen, Germany; Halle, Germany; Leipzig, Germany; Cologne, Germany; and Braunschweig, Germany. [March 2010]
14 With his band Kevin Costner & Modern West, he performed live shows in Missoula, MT; Apple Valley, MN; Davenport, IA; Clear Lake, IA; Kansas City, MO; Ontario, Canada; Ridgefield, CT; Albany, NY; and Aspen, CO. [July 2009]
15 Still touring with his band Kevin Coster & Modern Westin Europe. [February 2010]
16 With his band Kevin Costner & Modern West, he performed live shows in Tampa, Fl; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; Leland, IA; Minneapolis, MN; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [January 2009]
17 The longest he has gone without a Razzie nomination is 2 years, between The Bodyguard (1992) and Wyatt Earp (1994).
18 Inducted into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.
19 Friend of John J. Coinman. Uses John's songs in his movies.
20 Spoke at the funeral of his The Bodyguard (1992) costar, Whitney Houston, on February 18, 2012.
21 Has founded with his brother Dan, the Costner Industries Nevada Corporation (CINC) in Carson City. This company product a Liquid-Liquid Centrifugal Separator using clean-up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
22 Kevin and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, are expecting their third child in June, 2010 [March 17, 2010].
23 He and his country rock band, Kevin Costner & Modern West played a concert at the Romania Film Festival on October 03, 2009 in the city of Arad.
24 Was in consideration for the part of Lester Burnham in American Beauty (1999) but Kevin Spacey, who went on to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance, was cast instead.
25 A skilled equestrian, he did his own riding in The Postman (1997).
26 His role in Bull Durham (1988) was originally written for Kurt Russell.
27 Announced that he and his wife, Christine, are expecting their second child. [October 16, 2008].
28 He turned down the part of Adam Gibson in The 6th Day (2000) because of family commitments. The role later went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
29 Was considered for the role of General Munro in The Fifth Element (1997).
30 He turned down Jeff Bridges's role in Jagged Edge (1985).
31 Has twice taken roles refused by both Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. The first was Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987), the other was Jim Garrison in JFK (1991).
32 Although often compared with Gary Cooper, he has himself named James Stewart as the western star who has most influenced his work. As a child he was particularly fond of the five westerns Stewart made for director Anthony Mann.
33 Got to know Richard Burton on the return plane from his honeymoon with Cindy in Puerto Vallarta, who advised him to give everything up completely if he wanted to pursue acting (1978).
34 He has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. He has also stated that he has Cherokee roots, but it is not clear if this ancestry has been documented.
35 Singer of "Kevin Costner and Modern West", a rock/country band which he recently founded with the encouragement of his wife Christine. In October 2007, he was on a worldwide tour with the band including sold out shows in Istanbul and Rome.
36 Former fashion model.
37 In both The Upside of Anger (2005) and Mr. Brooks (2007), songs by New Zealand indie band The Veils are featured in scenes in which he is on the phone with another character.
38 Played golf several times with former President Ronald Reagan in the early 1990s.
39 Graduated from the same college as Gilbert J. Menchaca.
40 Publicly called for increased gun controls following the Virginia Tech massacre.
41 His production companies are TIG Productions and Treehouse Films.
42 Was attached to the role of "Sgt. John McLoughlin" in World Trade Center (2006).
43 Costner is frequently cited as a celebrity Republican, although he no longer is. He did socialize and golf with President George Bush, and in 1992 the Bush re-election campaign leaked word that he would appear in a commercial for the President. Costner, then a registered Republican, had no intention of aiding Bush, according to a close associate. He was a Clinton supporter. "We had to tell the Bush campaign to stop saying he was going to do ads," the associate says. Before the 1996 election, Costner switched his registration to Independent. He gave $5,000 to the Democratic Party and attended the Democratic National Convention. Still, he continues to receive invitations to GOP fund raisers, and in February 1999 the New York Times referred to him as a Republican. "He's not a particularly political guy," says the associate.
44 Kevin and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, are expecting their first child together (8 February 2007).
45 Once was a bus driver for tours to stars' Hollywood homes.
46 Supported Bill Clinton in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections.
47 Was considered the role of Cleveland Heep in Lady in the Water (2006) but the studio couldn't contact Costner. The part was given to Paul Giamatti instead.
48 Was considered for the role of Col. James Dolittle in Pearl Harbor (2001) but turned it down. The part went to Alec Baldwin.
49 From the mid-1990s, following the commercial and critical failure of his ambitious science-fiction epic Waterworld (1995), his box office appeal waned somewhat, reviving slightly with the political drama Thirteen Days (2000).
50 Has two films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are Dances with Wolves (1990) at #59 and Field of Dreams (1989) at #28.
51 In April 2006, he spent $28.5 million on an oceanfront 17-acre ranch in Santa Barbara County, California. He and wife, Christine Baumgartner, are raising horses on their new ranch.
52 From 2005-2006, he had owned a home in the Hollywood Hills. But, in April 2006, he had sold his 10,000-square-foot Spanish Hacienda, on an acre behind gates, his five bedrooms plus staff quarters, a media room, a billiards room, a tennis court, a gym, a pool, a spa and grassy yards. Sold for $11.5 million to American Idol (2002) host Ryan Seacrest.
53 He and his second wife, Christine Baumgartner, honeymooned in St. Andrews, Scotland. Their honeymoon coincided with the annual Dunhill Links Celebrity Golf Tournament, where regulars include Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Cruise, and Michael Douglas.
54 Goes to Omaha, Nebraska, during the summer for the College World Series if California State Fullerton (his alma mater) qualifies for the tournament.
55 Has done more baseball themed films than any other actor, except for Dennis Haysbert, who played Pedro Cerrano in all three Major League movies, as well as being in Mr. Baseball (1992).
56 Along with Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Richard Attenborough and Robert Redford one of 6 people to win an Academy Award for "Best Director", though they are mainly known as actors.
57 Turned down the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) to direct Open Range (2003) instead.
58 His favorite genre is the Western.
59 His favorite movies are long epics with a lot of stories.
60 Movies he likes are Red River (1948), Ben-Hur (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Spartacus (1960).
61 Some of his favorite directors are Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Sturges, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg.
62 Some of his favorite films are How the West Was Won (1962), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Giant (1956), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Great Escape (1963), Hombre (1967), The Searchers (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Magnificent Seven (1960).
63 He joins Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Roberto Benigni, William Shatner, and Tom Green as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
64 He has played at the celebrity golf tournament Pebble Beach, California, every year starting from 1996.
65 Supports Arsenal Football Club (UK). In 2003 he was working in London and decided to go to a game, only to find out Arsenal were playing away from home, so he booked a private helicopter to take him to the match 160 miles away!
66 Owns a 165 acre ranch outside of Aspen.
67 On his and Christine Baumgartner's wedding day, there were 500 guests, including: Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, Tim Allen, Don Johnson, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
68 Opened the Tatanka Interpretive site in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 2003. The site features a bronze statue depicting the Lakota Sioux buffalo hunt. There is also a museum, gift shop, and living history of the Lakota Sioux tribe. Tatanka is the Lakota word for buffalo.
69 Co-owns the Midnight Star casino in Deadwood, South Dakota, which displays some of his movie memorabilia.
70 In his role as Crash Davis in Bull Durham (1988), he states his personal beliefs. One of those beliefs is "...Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone". In his role as Jim Garrison in JFK (1991), he plays a lawyer determined to prove that Oswald did not act alone.
71 Turned down a role in Platoon (1986) because he thought it portrayed American soldiers in Vietnam negatively and didn't want to insult his brother, who was a Vietnam veteran.
72 For his entire career, he has purposely avoided doing sequels to his films. So far, he is one of the few blockbuster stars to never come back for a sequel.
73 Announced engagement to girlfriend Christine Baumgartner, having been a couple since 1999. [June 2003]
74 Before hitting it big in the acting business Kevin worked as a skipper on the ride, the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
75 Has starred in two films about John F. Kennedy, but hasn't played Kennedy; the two films are JFK (1991) and Thirteen Days (2000).
76 Sioux nation gave Costner a tract of land after making Dances with Wolves (1990). Costner built a golf course on that land.
77 Member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, along with G.D. Spradlin and Ashton Kutcher.
78 The President of the United States role in the mega-blockbuster Air Force One (1997) was written specifically for Kevin Costner. In fact, Kevin Costner helped develop the action film with Beacon Communications and writer Andrew W. Marlowe in 1996. But, Kevin had to eventually pass on the film because of work delays with his futuristic The Postman (1997). Costner called up Harrison Ford personally and offered Harrison a once-in-a-lifetime role. Harrison Ford accepted the role and has always thanked Kevin Costner in interviews for his kind gesture. Air Force One (1997) went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time.
79 Harrison Ford later turned down the Jim Garrison role in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) and Kevin Costner decided to take it after a meeting with the director Stone.
80 Costner & Ford's casting choices have crossed paths many times before. Harrison Ford turned down the Jack Ryan role in The Hunt for Red October (1990) as did Kevin Costner. Harrison Ford instead made Presumed Innocent (1990) and Kevin Costner made his Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves (1990). The Jack Ryan role went to then character actor Alec Baldwin.
81 His character in Dragonfly (2002) was written with the intention of Harrison Ford taking the film role. Ford turned down the role to take a year off from movies.
82 His frontal nude scene in For Love of the Game (1999) was reportedly deleted after being met with laughter at test screenings.
83 Was considered for the lead in Air Force One (1997) (the part eventually went to Harrison Ford).
84 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#87).
85 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
86 He turned down the leading role in WarGames (1983), which was played by Matthew Broderick, to play Alex in The Big Chill (1983). His part was later cut.
87 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
88 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
89 His first wife, Cindy Costner, played "Snow White" for Disneyland.
90 Born at 9:40pm-PST.
91 Children: (with ex-girlfriend Bridget Rooney) Liam Costner (b. 1996); (with ex-wife Cindy Costner) Anne Clayton Costner (b. April 15, 1984, Lily McCall Costner (b. August 4, 1986) and Joe Tedrick Costner (b. January 31, 1988); (with wife Christine Baumgartner) Cayden Wyatt Costner (born May 6, 2007 at 10:30 pm in Los Angeles at 7 lbs. 14 oz.), Hayes Logan Costner (b. February 12, 2009 at 8 lbs. 15 oz.) and Grace Avery Costner (b. June 2, 2010).
92 Ranked #27 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
93 Youngest of three sons of Bill Costner, an electrician and later utilities executive, and his wife Sharon Costner, a welfare worker.
94 Father of Joe Costner (b. 1988), Annie Costner (b. 1984) and Lily Costner (b. 1986)
95 Graduated from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, California.
96 Voted most erotic male by the readers of the German magazine 'Amica.' [May 1998]
97 Announced players who had been selected to Major League Baseball's All Century Team at the 1999 All Star game at Fenway Park in Boston.
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