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Kevin Costner Biography: Facts, Wife, Career, Net Worth & FAQs

Kevin Costner Biography: Facts, Wife, Career, Net Worth & FAQs

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Kevin Costner stars as the formidable John Dutton, patriarch of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch of the hit series Yellowstone. Costner expertly plays John, who is willing to do anything to protect his family ranch.

Kevin Costner is an American actor, producer, film director, and musician. He was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California. He has an estimated net worth of $250 million.

Born:January 18, 1955 (age 67)
Birthplace:Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height:185.4 cm (6ft 1)
Wife:Christine Baumgartner (m. 2004)
Net worth:$250 Million (estimated)

Throughout his career in Hollywood, Costner has received much praise for acting. He has taken home numerous nominations and awards while starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits.

Facts About Kevin Costner

He Has Taken Home Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Awards

Costner began his acting career in 1981 and has now become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. With over 60 acting credits to his name, he has left a lasting impact on the film industry.

Costner has taken home two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Profile photo of actor Kevin Costner at a Yellowstone Premiere
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He also won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for Dance With Wolves. Costner also took home a Golden Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture for Dance With Wolves.

Costner also took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Hatfields & McCoys. For Hatfields & McCoys he also won a Screen Actors Guild Award and Prime Time Emmy. In addition, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Hidden Figures.

Costner has not won an award yet for his role in Yellowstone. However, he has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role in Yellowstone.

He is a Member of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

In 2019, Costner was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has starred in notable Western films including Dance With Wolves, Wyatt Earp, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys, Silverado, Let Him Go, and Yellowstone.

“I love making Westerns. I know who I am more than any other time in my life when I’m making ’em. I understand their importance to our culture and the emotional impact, when done correctly, on men, on women, on 7-year-olds. I feel deeply committed to our collective story and the importance of bringing it to the screen.”

He added, “Westerns are not simple, and the resourcefulness that it took for our ancestors to make it is not something to be taken for granted,” said Costner.

He is the Highest Paid Actor on Yellowstone

For season five of Yellowstone, Kevin Costner makes a whopping $1.3 million per episode. With 14 episodes in season five, Costner will be making an incredible $18.2 million in season five alone.

Kevin Costner playing the role of John Dutton in the Yellowstone TV show

At the beginning of Yellowstone, Costner was making $500,000 per episode. However, since the show became widely successful, his salary has taken a huge jump upward. Costner is now one of the highest-paid actors on television.

Also read: What Does John Dutton Wear on Yellowstone?

He is in a Band

Outside of his time acting, directing, and producing, Costner is an avid musician and is in a band. He is the singer of his country rock band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.

The band has gone on worldwide tours and even released multiple albums. The latest album, Tales from Yellowstone, was written from the perspective of John Dutton. Songs from the album were even featured in season three of Yellowstone.

He is an Environmentalist

In 1995, Costner began developing oil separation machines from US government patents he bought. He has collaborated with UCLA engineering professor Eric Hoek to filter water that has been contaminated by oil and gas.

Actor Kevin Costner walking down the red carpet at the 2014 Rome Film Festival
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Costner has also invested millions of dollars in environmental efforts and is an advocate for the planet.

He Worked at Disneyland Before Becoming an Actor

Before making it big in Hollywood, Costner used to work at Disneyland. He worked as a tour guide for the Jungle Cruise. He even met his first Cindy Silva at Disneyland as she worked as Snow White.

He Has Owned Racehorses

Kevin Costner is a racing enthusiast and has been a part-owner of racehorses. He often frequents the Del Mar track along with producer Jim Wilson, who got him into horse racing.

Notable Kevin Costner Movies & TV Shows

  • Silverado (1985) as Jake
  •  Field of Dreams (1989) as Ray Kinsella
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) as Lieutenant John J. Dunbar
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) as Robin Hood
  • The Bodyguard (1992) as Frank Farmer
  • Wyatt Earp (1994) as Wyatt Earp
  • The Postman (1997) as The Postman
  • Open Range (2003) as Charley Waite
  • Hatfields & McCoys (2012) as “Devil Anse” Hatfield
  • Man of Steel (2013) as Jonathan Kent
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as Jonathan Kent
  • Hidden Figures (2016) as Al Harrison
  • Yellowstone (2018- present) as John Dutton
  • Let Him Go (2020) as George Blackledge

Is Kevin Costner Married?

Kevin Costner is married to Christine Baumgartner. The couple married in 2004 and currently lives at their ranch in Colorado. Baumgartner is a businesswoman and former model.

Kevin Costner with his wife Christine Baumgartner
Kevin Costner & Christine Baumgartner. Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

Previously, Costner was married to Cindy Silvia from 1978 to 1994. The two were college sweethearts and married at a young age.

Does Kevin Costner Have Children?

Kevin Costner has a total of seven children from three relationships. Costner has three children from his first marriage, Annie (born in 1984), Lily (born in 1986), and Joe (born in 1988). He has a son, Liam Timothy (born in 1996), with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a brief relationship.

Kevin Costner with his wife Christine Baumgartner and their three kids Cayden , Hayes, and Grace
Grace Costner, Kevin Costner, Cayden Costner, Christine Baumgartner, Hayes Costner. Credit: Kathy Hutchins /

Costner has three children with his current wife, Cayden (born in 2007), Hayes (born in 2009), and Grace (born in 2010). His three oldest children, Annie, Lilly, and Joe, are all actors as well.

Is Kevin Costner a Real Cowboy?

While Kevin Costner did not grow up a cowboy, he has had many roles as a cowboy during his acting career. Some of his most notable roles where he plays a cowboy include Dances With Wolves, Open Range, and Yellowstone.

While Costner has ridden horses before for his roles, Yellowstone has given him the chance to ride finished reiners and cow horses. “There’s nothing like riding a horse. Completely liberating. I’m lucky that it’s sometimes part of the job for me,” says Costner.

Also read: 5 Yellowstone Actors Who are Cowboys in Real Life

What is Kevin Costner’s Net Worth?

According to Wide Open Country, Kevin Costner has a net worth of $250m. The majority of his income is from acting, but he is also a producer and film director. He is reportedly making $1.3million per episode for Yellowstone season five.

Also, read our guide on how much the main cast of Yellowstone is paid.