Brief Biography of Kevin Costner: His Early Life and Career.

Kevin Costner, born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California, grew up in a middle-class family. His father, William Costner, worked as an electrician and later as a utilities executive, while his mother, Sharon Rae Tedrick, was a welfare worker.  

Costner's upbringing in California provided him with a solid foundation, and he showed early interests in sports, particularly baseball. He attended Mt.  

High School in Visalia, California, where he played on the baseball team. After high school, Costner studied business administration at California State University, Fullerton. 

Despite his initial interest in acting, Costner faced early career struggles and took on various odd jobs, including working as a truck driver and a tour guide at Universal Studios.  

However, his breakthrough came with the 1985 film "Silverado," where he played the role of the gunslinger Jake.  

This role propelled him to stardom and led to a string of successful films throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "The Untouchables," "Field of Dreams," and "Dances with Wolves," which he also directed and produced. 

"Dances with Wolves" marked a career-defining moment for Costner, winning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Costner himself.  

His contributions to film and entertainment have solidified his place as one of Hollywood's most iconic figures, known for his talent, versatility, and dedication to his craft.