Kevin Michael Costner (Lynwood, California, January 18, 1955) is an American actor and director. He debuted in Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. (1981), but his first starring role was in the western Silverado (1985). With Dances with Wolves (1990), a film he directed and starred in, winner of seven Oscars. Along with Clint Eastwood, he is considered the author who revitalized the western genre.
After Silverado (1984), he starred in No Exit; but it was The Untouchables (1987), a film directed by Brian De Palma, which gave him the label of star and Dances with Wolves (1990) which sealed his stardom. In 1991 he played prosecutor Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's film JFK. He starred in The Bodyguard (1992) with Whitney Houston. In 1993 he starred in A Perfect World and a year later in Wyatt Earp with Dennis Quaid, films that were not very successful despite their enormous quality. He also starred in Waterworld (1995), a film that was harshly criticized by the American press. As a producer, he had to face the economic failures of the latter film and The Future Messenger (1997), which he directed and starred in.
On September 6, 2006, he recorded his prints at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. In 2013 he won the Golden Globe for best actor for one of his best performances in the miniseries for Hatfields & McCoys, a series that broke the pay-per-view records for a non-sports telecast in the United States.