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->''"When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Creator/AlanRickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors."''

Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a multiple-[[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]]-winning American actor/director/producer, perhaps best known for ''Film/DancesWithWolves'', for which he did all of those things. Quite popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s for starring in films such as ''Film/TheBodyguard'', ''Film/TheUntouchables'', ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Film/BullDurham'', ''Film/FieldOfDreams'', and Creator/OliverStone's ''[[{{Film/JFK}} JFK]]''.

In the mid-to-late 90's he hit a slump with lesser received movies, starting with ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'', an AfterTheEnd ScienceFiction [[SummerBlockbuster blockbuster]] which was fraught with production problems and ended up being the most expensive movie ever made at its time, only to flop in the United States. However, it eventually made its money back worldwide. ''Film/ThePostman'' was similarly received, although both films have been looked more fondly in later years.

After starring in ''Film/ThreeThousandMilesToGraceland'', in the 00's and past, Costner has earned his reputation back with lower-key films such as heroic Coast Guard rescue film ''Film/TheGuardian'', the historical thriller ''Film/ThirteenDays'', the {{western}} ''Film/OpenRange'' and the cerebral serial killer drama ''Film/MrBrooks''.

Most recently starred in the 3-part miniseries ''[[Series/HatfieldsAndMcCoys Hatfields & [=McCoys=]]]'' based on the [[FeudingFamilies infamous backcountry feud]] on Creator/TheHistoryChannel.

He also played Franchise/{{Superman}}'s adopted father Jonathan Kent in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and headlined two films in 2014, ''Three Days to Kill'' and ''Film/DraftDay''.
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