I was born 30 years too late for the kind of cinema I'd like to do. –Kevin Costner


Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18th, 1955 at 9:40 p.m. in Lynwood, California. He is the third child of Sharon and Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison. His older brother Dan was born in 1950 and a middle brother died at birth in 1953. His Dad's job required him to move regularly so Kevin was always the new kid at school.

As a teen, he sang in the Baptist church choir, wrote poetry, and took writing classes. At 18, he built his own canoe and paddled his way down the rivers that Lewis & Clark followed to the Pacific. Despite his present height of 6' 1", he was only 5' 2" when he graduated from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, California. However, he still managed to be a basketball, football and baseball star.

In 1973, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton where he majored in business. During that period, Kevin decided to take acting lessons five nights a week. He graduated with a business degree in 1978 and married his college sweetheart, Cindy Costner. He initially took a marketing job in Orange County, but that changed after meeting Richard Burton on the return flight from his honeymoon in Puerto Vallarto, Mexico.

Burton advised him to go completely after acting if that was what he wanted. He quit his job and moved to Hollywood soon after.

He drove a truck, worked on a deep sea fishing boat, and gave bus tours to stars' homes before finally making his own way into the films. After making one soft core sex film, he vowed to not work again if that was the only work he could do.

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